Saturday, 7 January 2017

Paddington

Hello

Thanks for calling in.

Do you recognise this chap?  It's Paddington Bear of course.  Here he is lounging on his case under the clock on Paddington Station in London.  He's very famous.  When I turned up, I was immediately asked if I could take a photo of a tourist standing next to him.  Shame about all the scruffy bits in the background!



Usually when arriving in London there is an agenda in mind, people to meet, places to visit, jobs to go to.

If you leave the Paddington station via the Grand Union Canal exit though, there are a few interesting things to see right outside the station.  The Paddington Arm of the Grand Union Canal is 13.5 miles long and connects with the main Grand Union Canal at Hayes and with the Regents Canal at Little Venice and ends at the Paddington Basin. Lots of canal barges are moored there.


There are lots of new buildings and bridges, even a colourful mural featuring a yellow submarine.



Thomas Heatherwick's Rolling Bridge is opposite St Mary's Hospital in Merchant Square  by the Basin.  It's not rolling up at the moment but have a look at my post here to see photos of it in action.





The Fan Bridge looks very spectacular when opened like a Japanese fan. Have a look here to see.




Can't stop though, there are places to visit!

Cheerio

11 comments:

  1. Well, I never knew and I used to use Paddington Station frequently! Thanks, Karen. x

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    1. We're always rushing about making the most of the day out, aren't we. x

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  2. I have never noticed the bear before, although it is some years now since my last visit to London.

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    1. It's tucked away down the side of the far platform where the ticket office is. My train usually comes in at the other end of the station so I had to have a hunt for it.

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  4. I love Paddington Bear! The bridges look fascinating:)

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    1. The statue is much smaller than you expect, isn't it. 🙂

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  5. That's an area I hope to explore soon. My mothers side of the family lived in Islington which isn't far from the canal. B x

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    1. You'll have great fun, Little Venice is pretty too. You can find old maps on the internet too. x

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  6. Looks like a great place to spend the day! The bridges are so unusual. The rolling bridge seems like it could be quite handy to have around, especially for flooded areas! x Karen

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    1. That's a good idea. It does look so great when it rolls into a ball, like some sort of insect! x

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