England Stars in Family Movies

New family movies give visitors a different way to experience London and beyond By: Kenneth Shapiro
There’s a new Paddington Trail in London. // © 2014 Studio Canal
There’s a new Paddington Trail in London. // © 2014 Studio Canal

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Britain is buzzing about two family movies that shine a spotlight on London.

First, “Paddington,” a new Paddington Bear film, was released last month. In order to capitalize on the popularity of the beloved children’s book character, the city has created a trail that includes 50 statues all across London, including some near the city’s key landmarks, such as Royal Opera House, Museum of London and, of course, Paddington Station.

Many of the statues were designed by A-list celebrities, including soccer player David Beckham, actress Emma Watson, actor Benedict Cumberbatch, actress Nicole Kidman and others.

VisitLondon.com has a dedicated section of its website that details a full list of designers and enables visitors to find out more about the trail, download the trail map, share their pictures and discover the stories behind each statue and location.

Next, a new live-action version of the Disney classic “Cinderella” is due out in March. Agents can send fans of the movie to check out some of the film’s locations and participate in activities related to the story. Parents and children might learn how to act like a true English gentleman or lady at Debrett’s International Finishing School and then test their skills during afternoon tea; take an introductory class in falconry at Stapleford Park; or ride in an Ascot Carriage through Windsor Great Park.