London Has Been Invaded By Bears

Paddington Bears to be exact. Fifty Paddington statues have popped up in London as part of the promotion for the Paddington movie. I noticed one several weeks ago and when I searched online I found out that the bears will be on display until December 30th. Each statue has been designed by an artist, designer, and even some celebrities have joined the fun. If you visit the website, you can find a map and several suggested trails. So far I’ve tracked down thirteen of them. Some of the statues will be auctioned online and all the proceeds will go to charity.

I found an area called Little Venice during my Paddington Bear quest. I’ve been in London for three years, and I didn’t know there was a place called Little Venice. It’s not my favorite spot in London, but Miles likes it since it isn’t so crowded and he likes to peer over the edge into the water, making me uncomfortable. I can just picture him tumbling in and me having to jump in to save him.


I know this is totally random, but last week I was wandering through Kensington Gardens and I saw this man. The birds love him!


Before I go, I want to apologize for not blogging much lately. There has been a reason. A very good reason. I’ve been preparing my fourth novel, Claudia Must Die, for publication. And it’s finally ready! Actually you can pre-order a copy on Amazon for the sale price of 99 cents until December 7th. The e-book will be officially released on December 8th.


Here’s the blurb:

Claudia doesn’t feel like herself anymore—she feels like prey. Her husband’s hired goons have stalked her all the way to Boston and will only stop their pursuit once she is dead.

Divorce is not an option. Instead, she has stolen a bunch of her man’s money to disappear into another life.

In order for Claudia to live, someone else must die. A lookalike college student becomes the target capable of freeing her from an awful marriage.

The plan goes horribly awry. Instead of murdering Claudia’s double, the assassins shoot the woman’s lover who is the cousin of a powerful Irish mobster. Claudia becomes hunted by all involved. Can she survive? Should she?

Purchase Links:

Amazon (US)  /   Amazon (UK)

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend and that the upcoming holidays aren’t stressing you out too much.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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62 Responses to London Has Been Invaded By Bears

  1. niasunset says:

    Good Luck and Best wishes for your new book dear TBM! You are amazing about writing. I want to see the film, I watched on television show, and I love this teddy bear 🙂 I wished to see them in here too. Thank you dear, have a nice day and December, love, nia

  2. aFrankAngle says:

    Love the bears that seem like tourists!

    Cheers to your literary efforts, and good luck the new release. Meanwhile .. it’s Friday, so reason to toast a Cheers at the pub of choice.

    • TBM says:

      It’s a tad bit cold so the pub across the street is looking really tempting. And some mulled wine will hit the spot. Have a great weekend!

  3. Colline says:

    I love Paddington Bear! He was a favourite when I was growing ups thank you so much for sharing the Paddington bears all over London. This is one movie I won’t mind taking my girls to if they want to see it 🙂

  4. biblioglobal says:

    Oh, that’s awesome. I love Paddington! And it’s neat that finding the bears has led you to explore new places. Are you going to try to find all 50?

  5. ilargia64 says:

    How cool!!!! We had something similar but with cows few years ago!!
    I DO LOVE Little Venice!!!! Specially in springtime”!”!” May be you should try the place again with good weather!!! 🙂
    Have a great X-mas!!!! And congratulations for your work!!!

  6. I know the new book will do well 🙂 Congratulations!

    I love Paddington. “Please look after this bear.” The statues look like fun

  7. Geoff W says:

    Paddington’s are cute and I’ve seen them all over social media! And yay for a new BOSTON based book. I love the cover of this one and can’t wait to check it out.

  8. Darlene says:

    I LOVE the Paddington Bear statues. If I was in London I would be looking out for them. Congratulations on your new book and all the best of luck! I haven´t been blogging much either as we just made a huge move to Spain from Canada. Lots to learn but I think you know all about that.

    • TBM says:

      I hope you are getting settled in. Moving to a different country is fun, but it can be time-consuming. I’m so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear all the stories.

  9. Yayyyy for Claudia and oh boy the Paddington Bear movie looks hilarious :). I saw the trailer the other day.

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Ahh I’d like to see the bears!

  11. Hooray, your book is ready! We love Paddington Bear…is there perhaps a statue of him inside Paddington Station? Little Venice is one of our favorite spots when we want quiet time in London. The boat houses there are so interesting. Next time you are there look for this unusual little bridge:

    • TBM says:

      Little Venice does provide quiet time and hardly any tourists. We’ve been exploring a bit more. I love seeing the boats. Oh I need to check out the bridge. I wonder what Miles will think of it.

  12. I wonder if there is a Paddington Bear created by Banksy. 🙂
    Have a great weekend and congrats on your new book launch!

  13. I love those bears! In spring artists painted Easter eggs that were hidden throughout NYC before going on display in Rockefeller Center. Later, they were auctioned off. Planting 50 Paddington bears all over London in anticipation of the release of that film is brilliant marketing. Maybe you can sneak a hard copy of your latest tome into one of his coat pockets? Congratulations on your upcoming release. Jackie gave you a nice shout out on her annual Great Books to Give list. I gave your latest to myself. You have another terrific cover.

    • TBM says:

      I remember seeing Easter eggs around London one year, but I didn’t search them out. Now I’m wishing I did since it’s a good way to explore the city.

      Thanks so much! I hope you enjoy Claudia.

  14. Emma says:

    Thanks for sharing, it’s fun. We had cows a few years back like this and it was fun to see them across town.

    I’ve been to little Venice in London and we did the tourist thing: a boat tour. It was nice to do, seeing the city from another perspective and it’s quiet.

    I wish you the best with your new book.

    • TBM says:

      I haven’t done the boat tour yet. Maybe I should. Might wait for spring though. I think it would be really pretty that time of year.

      Thanks so much Emma!

  15. No picture of Miles 😦

    Congrats on your book release! This is turning into a habit… you’ll be working on the next one already 😉

  16. love the Paddingtons–my mom made me a stuffed Paddington just before I went to university and he accompanied me all the way through–from 1973-1980 – (I went to graduate school–and had a four years honours degree before that–so it did not take me that long to get my B.A.)

  17. poppytump says:

    Well done on your book launch TBM !
    I came across Golden Paws in Green Park on my day out recently but had no idea what it was all about Lol until I looked it up ! Aren’t they all brilliant .. great photo share .

    • TBM says:

      I had no idea about the Paddingtons until I stumbled upon one. I think the idea is brilliant and I’ve been seeing people surrounding them. A great idea and perfect for this time of year.

  18. Isobel says:

    I have photographed one or two of the same Paddingtons that you have, so our paths have crossed! There are two trails apparently, one longer and one shorter. I have heard good things about the film. So now that you have been a Londoner for a few years have you read A Bear Called Paddington? Might be a bit different from your latest oeuvre!

    • TBM says:

      I’m not a 100% positive that I’ve read A Bear Called Paddington. I’m familiar with the story of course, but I have more memories of reading the Bearenstein Bears. Might have to track down a copy at one of the charity shops.

  19. Love the bears! I used to enjoy the stories and the animated programme when I was little. I am not yet a kindle or e-reader owner but maybe Father Christmas will be kind 🙂 All the best with the book!

  20. Those bears are so cute! What a fun way to promote a movie…

    Also, best of luck with your latest book release! That’s a good reason to disappear from the blogosphere, for sure!

  21. Love the bear statues. Thanks for sharing them here. 🙂 Congrats on your new novel. I’ve just clicked for the kindle version. Looking forward to reading. Merry Christmas.

  22. Wow, congrats on another book! Best of luck with the launch.
    Aww, Paddington Bears–how perfect for London.

  23. Rorybore says:

    you’re new book sounds like a great story!! I’ll have to check for a Kindle edition.
    Love the Bears – what a great thing and for charity too.

  24. You are doing so well! Another book already! Yay! And the bears are so cute. Hope you enjoy the season.

  25. Letizia says:

    Congrats on the upcoming book, so great! I love all those bears, I saw them on the news but it must be so great to see them in person.

  26. Novroz says:

    Love the story of the bears 🙂
    I kinda like the one by Jonathan Ross.

    Congrats on your new book \(^_^)/

  27. A very fun post, and congratulations on the new release!

  28. Meredith p says:

    I love paddington!!!!!

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