The autumn term has only just begun, yet we are all familiar with the speed of these next few months in the lead up to Christmas. Before you know it, half-term has swooped in from around the corner and you’ll be spending every spare moment thinking up ways in which to entertain the whole family. Well don’t fret because as always, we’re here to inspire you to look ahead to the October weekends and your half-term plans. Why not bring your children’s favourite fictional movies to life by taking them to the very spots where they were filmed?
At Cheval Collection, we will be offering a special Kids Stay Free offer throughout the October Half-Term as well as weekends thereafter until the end of 2020 enabling you to save on your next break, whether during the half-term holiday or an autumnal weekend getaway. You’ll be able to whisk your children away on an adventure in London or Edinburgh at no extra cost when you stay at a Cheval Residence.
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The famous fictional character of the flying boy who never grows up. The beautiful story was written in Kensington and set in Kensington Gardens which is only a short 15-minute walk from Cheval Gloucester Park. If you are a lover of art and this fictional character, you’re in for a treat. At Cheval Gloucester Park, we have an artwork dedicated to Peter Pan by UK artist, Lucy Claw. Towards the end of the left-wing of the Residence, the special piece consists of multiple books by J M Barrie, intricately placed together to create a stunning form of art, many of which date over 100 years old.
At Kensington Gardens, to the west of the Long Water, you’ll find the Peter Pan statue. It stands in the spot where Peter lands his bird-nest boat known as ‘The Little White Bird’. The statue was commissioned by J M Barrie for Sir George Frampton to build it in 1912.
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On Christmas Eve in 1956 on the way home from Paddington Station, Bond, the author saw a toy bear in a shop and he decided to buy it as a gift for his wife. He named the bear Paddington. This situation inspired Bond to write a story of a bear at the station called Paddington looking for a home.
Paddington is a polite marmalade-loving bear all the way from Peru, named after the train station in London where he was found, Paddington Station.
If you visit Paddington Station, don’t forget to grab your Padding Bear at the Tower 50p ™ coin where the face of the coin features Paddington against his favourite London landmarks, one of which is the Tower of London, a very short walk from Cheval Three Quays.
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Set in the Edwardian London 1910 using painted London background scenes to create the film sets, which were all based on real locations in the city. The main character of the story is Mary Poppins, a kind and caring English nanny with magical powers who was also able to teleport to anywhere she wants. In the story, Mary Poppins uses magic and self-control to take care of the Banks Children. She is identifiable by her hat and the parrot umbrella that she takes with her everywhere she goes.
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World-famous movies and books with a strong connection to both London and Edinburgh is our favourite fictional character, Harry Potter.
The London connection: If you’re a Harry Potter Wizard, you would know that to get to Hogwarts, you’d need to head to King’s Cross Station’s to catch the train from platform 9 ¾. Today, you’ll find a relic to the famous books exactly where the magical entrance to platform 9 ¾ sits. Pay a visit to King’s Cross Station to discover what is there!
The set of Diagon Alley was set in Watford, a train ride away from central towards Leavesden Film Studios. You can pay a visit for the day and walk around the sets of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, imagining what it would be like to be a wizard or witch at Hogwarts.
For a full list of where Harry Potter was filmed, please visit Brit Movie Tours.
The Edinburgh connection: Author JK Rowling wrote the story in Edinburgh at the Elephant café, only a 3-minute walk from St Giles’ Cathedral. Stop by the café for a coffee and cake to soak up the environment in which the much-loved wizarding world was created.
As you know Diagon Alley is a man-made set at Leavesden Film Studios, but it was inspired by Edinburgh’s Victoria Street, home to many independent shops and small businesses. Victoria Street even has its own version of Ollivander’s wand shop in the form of Diagon House at number 40.
Fun fact: a character of Harry’s mother is from Edinburgh which also means that Harry is originally from the city.
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Although the story was set in London, the author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived in Edinburgh. Sherlock Holmes is the name of a well-known private detective with the amazing talent of observation. Holmes would notice things that others didn’t and his character uses his unique skills to draw an accurate conclusion from what he sees. If you love detective stories, we would highly recommend the Sherlock Holmes 2009, directed by Guy Ritchie, where you will see Sherlock in action as a private detective. Guy Ritchie is a director with his own unique style of actions edited into the film which makes the show even more interesting!