Going on a Bear Hunt

Alongside its blockbuster Sherlock Holmes exhibition, the Museum of London is celebrating a cuddlier literary icon in the run-up to Christmas.

A Bear Called Paddington, a free exhibition and family activity space running until 4 January, coincides with the cinema debut of the small stowaway from darkest Peru. Creator Michael Bond was inspired by the toy bear he bought on Christmas Eve, 1956 and named after the nearest railway station to his family’s home. The Museum of London is chronicling the six decades from page to big screen with artwork, film and TV props, toys and an original typewriter used by Bond. And look out for the museum’s Paddington statue with a Sherlock twist, devised by Benedict Cumberbatch as part of the Paddington Trail across the capital.