Secret London: Paddington
Little Known Facts about Paddington
Michael Bond’s inspiration for the first Paddington Bear book came from a lone teddy bear that he spotted on a shelf in a shop near Paddington Station that he bought for his children on Christmas Eve.
The likes of Zara Phillips, Prince William, Prince Harry, Alec Guinness and Emma Thompson were all born at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.
One of Britain’s first cop films, The Blue Lamp, is set in and around Paddington Green Police Station.
The world’s first omnibus service ran from Paddington Green to the Bank in 1829.