Refurbishment September 2023 – July 2025 

We are excited to announce that the iconic Central Park Hotel is under major transformation. Sometimes things need to get ugly before they get pretty !

Our guests are at the heart of all the decisions we make, and your comfort during this period has our priority.

We look forward to welcoming you during and post-refurbishment to share more enhanced experiences.

Follow in the footsteps of Paddington Bear

If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading A Bear Called Paddington, then it’s not too late. Written by Michael Bond, this classic children’s book is a joy to read whatever your age. If you are visiting London with kids in tow, then there’s no excuse not to get acquainted with the original series or watch the film adaptation. In fact, you can even choose to stay in family-friendly hotels near Paddington Bear’s tribute!

Who is Paddington Bear?

A Bear Called Paddington tells the tale of a polite little bear from Darkest Peru. Finding himself alone at Paddington Station, he is befriended and taken in by the kindly Brown family. 

After getting installed in their London home, Paddington experiences his first bath, his first time riding an escalator, his first shopping trip, his first trip to the theatre, and his first day out at the seaside.

The story is charming and wholesome, making for perfect bedtime reading while staying at Central London hotels near Paddington.

What is the Paddington Bear Trail?

The Paddington Bear “Pawprint Trail” is one of the best things to do for families in London. 

Starting at Paddington Station where a bronze of the bear stands on the concourse, the walking trail takes you past a sequence of other sculptures and key locations from the books series and subsequent films. 

These are all designed by various artists and even celebrities in testament to the popularity of the storybook. 

Key locations include Norfolk Square Gardens and the Floating Pocket Park in Paddington Basin.

Maps of the route are available at the Paddington Store in the station.

Other Paddington locations in London

Besides following the Pawprint Trail, here is further inspiration for your Paddington-inspired London itinerary. 

Little Venice and Primrose Hill

Little Venice is the canalside waterway near Paddington as featured in the film sequel. It was also where the author, Michael Bond, lived and craftred his stories. 

From there, you can follow the towpath to Primrose Hill and pay a visit to Chalcot Crescent – the filming location of the Brown family house. 

Oxford Street 

London’s key shopping boulevard is the location for Selfridges, where Michael Bond purchased the stuffed teddy bear that inspired the story. If you need to pick up any souvenirs for the family, this is your golden opportunity. 

Otherwise, you can visit Hamleys on the nearby Regent Street. This gigantic toy shop is packed to the rafters with Paddington merchandise.

Hyde Park 

Hyde Park was a favoured spot for Mrs Brown where she enjoyed swimming in the Serpentine Lake. In fact, if you stay at hotels near Paddington during summer, you can rent a pedalo at the same spot or take a dip in the lido. 

Buckingham Palace

Not only is Buckingham Palace one of the principal London tourist attractions, but it welcomed Paddington Bear himself.

To commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of the late Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch and the bear sat down for afternoon tea at the palace. The pair bonded over a shared love of marmalade sandwiches. 

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