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Put on your favourite hat, pack your marmalade sarnies and head to the Museum of London for free family fun.
London is home to a vibrant film industry, with the city itself often playing a pivotal role in storylines. A number of the capital's iconic locations feature in Paddington 2, the latest adventure of London's most famous bear.
Paddington Bear first appeared in the book A Bear Called Paddington, written by Michael Bond and published in 1958. All the way from darkest Peru, Paddington settled into his new life as a Londoner, finding a home with the Brown family in Windsor Gardens.
Paddington 2 (image from MoL website)
This display about the second film provides a glimpse behind the scenes with a focus on the costumes and props used, including marmalade of course. The duffle coat and hat are now instantly recognisable, almost unchanged from their first appearance on the cover of A Bear Called Paddington.
Paddington's Props (from MoL website)
Like many of the best-loved children's characters (such as Peter Pan), the original story of Paddington has created a whole fictional universe, a charming, story-book London that has been depicted in multiple books, television programmes and now two feature films.
Some of the fantastic costumes worn during the filming of Paddington 2 are exhibited in the Museum of London's Show Space display until 19 December 2017. You can see props, and sketches, as well as clips from Paddington 2.
Pop-Up-Book Featured in Paddington 2 (image from MoL website)
Hugh Grant plays Phoenix Buchanan who was once a star of the West End but now can only get work in dog food commercials (Phoenix, not Hugh. I don't know whether Hugh can get work acting in dog food commercials). You will be able to see the smart suit that Phoenix wears in his first scene.
Brendon Gleeson plays Knuckle McGinty, a famous strongman and safecracker, although he seems fierce at first, he becomes smitten with Paddington and they become united by the bear's love of marmalade. See his chef's costume on display.
All kids love Paddington Bear (image by May Cross)