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Clients can have a jolly holiday in London with activities inspired by the new “Mary Poppins Returns” movie.
“Fans of 'Mary Poppins' who visit the capital will be able to soak up the vibrant atmosphere on the streets of London — where the story was born,” said Laura Citron, chief executive officer of Visit London. “Pack your umbrella and start your adventure.”
"Mary Poppins" Movie Locations TourTo celebrate the release of the feature film featuring everyone’s favorite magical nanny, VisitBritain has announced a Brit Movies Mary Poppins Tour launching this year that showcases locations used in “Mary Poppins Returns” as well as iconic London landmarks from the original movie — including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England.
“We know that many people love to visit destinations they’ve seen on the big screen to really feel the movie magic come to life and take a walk in the shoes of their favorite characters," Citron said.
The two-hour family-friendly walking tour also reveals behind-the-scenes stories from the films and the original books by Pamela Lyndon Travers (P.L. Travers) — including the meaning of the word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Tours take place on Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
P.L Travers’ HouseSpeaking of P.L. Travers, families should also make sure to visit the Chelsea house where the writer created the eight-book "Mary Poppins" series — and also where Walt Disney visited her before production began on the 1964 movie.
The charming home, where Travers lived for 17 years, is said to have been the inspiration for the appearance of 17 Cherry Tree Lane in the original movie. It was commemorated in May 2018 with an English Heritage Blue Plaque.
“The enduring popularity of 'Mary Poppins' is testament to P. L. Travers’ boundless imagination,” said Howard Spencer, senior historian for English Heritage Blue Plaques. “We’re pleased to be able to recognize her achievements with a Blue Plaque on the home, which was in her mind’s eye when she told [Walt Disney] how the Banks’ family home should look.”
"Mary Poppins" TeaAnother fun "Mary Poppins"-themed experience is a special afternoon tea at Aqua Shard on the 31st floor of The Shard building. Clients will love adding a spoonful of sugar to tea served on dishware depicting original illustrations from the "Mary Poppins" books.
The unique sweet treats — such as Mary Poppins’ iconic hat, a black “Cherry Tree Lane” mousse covered in dark chocolate and Fairground Candy Floss — are delivered on custom-made tea stands featuring an umbrella on top and Mary Poppins’ boots on the bottom. Plus, homemade scones with jam and clotted cream are hidden in the nanny’s famous carpetbag. For those who order champagne, a charming kite flies from the flute, and guests can even add “medicine” to their glass in the form of homemade liqueurs. The "Mary Poppins"-themed tea will be available until April 2019.
Mary Poppins MusicalThis year will also mark the return of a toe-tapping stage version of "Mary Poppins" to the Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End. The joint production between theatrical producer Cameron Mackintosh and Disney Theatrical Productions will star Zizi Strallen, who previously portrayed the magical nanny in the show’s international tour.
“I’m thrilled to be bringing P.L. Travers’ magical stories back to London in the autumn of 2019,” Mackintosh said. “Its story of the importance of family is at the heart of the show and the reason why this iconic British nanny remains irresistibly timeless and popular the world over.”
Mary Poppins' UmbrellaIf clients do happen to forget their umbrella (or “brolly”), the perfect souvenir of their London holiday is a bespoke umbrella from James Smith and Sons, a historic London shop that has been designing beautiful umbrellas since 1830.
They even offer a version of Mary Poppins’ trusty — and often cheeky — parrot-handled umbrella (though unfortunately, it probably won’t fly).