MARY POPPINS returns!
IT'S BEEN 53 YEARS SINCE the original Mary Poppins popped onto our screens with her magical bag and flying umbrella. And, at the end of this year, she's back – played by Emily Blunt – to visit the grown-up Banks children, now in 1935, in the Disney musical sequel Mary Poppins Returns, where London is once again a star of the story. Here’s how to have your very own magical Mary Poppins experience in the capital that’s, as our favourite nanny would say, "practically perfect in every way".
STOP BY THE HOUSE WHERE IT ALL BEGAN
We wouldn’t have the films if it wasn’t for the original books created by Australian-born author P.L. Travers who spent most of her life in England, which was where she created her unforgettable character. She wrote a series of eight books on the magical nanny at 50 Smith Street in Chelsea, which earlier this year was commemorated with an English Heritage Blue Plaque. P.L. Travers lived here for 17 years and the house is said to have inspired the look of the Banks’ family home in the original movie.
ENJOY A SPOONFUL OF SUGAR
Launched to coincide with the relaunch of five of the original Mary Poppins classic books is a delicious afternoon tea at Aqua Shard, full of nostalgic sweets and savouries, available until April 2019. The enchanting menu is delivered on a custom-made tea stand with homemade scones, miniature crumpets and unique sweet treats such as Mary Poppins’ very own hat with a black ‘Cherry Tree Lane’ mousse covered in dark chocolate, and Fairground Candy Floss. It’s "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"!
STEP ONTO LONDON'S ROOFTOPS
Bert took Mary Poppins up to the rooftops of London to show her the view of the capital through the eyes of a chimney sweep but you can gaze over the capital’s magnificent skyline in a far more sophisticated manner. London has many rooftop bars with panoramic vistas over the capital’s rooftops. Try out the Rumpus Room on floor 12 of South Bank’s Mondrian Hotel for its awesome view of St Paul’s Cathedral; the Radio Rooftop Bar at ME London for 360 degree views of the capital; or The Rooftop St James’, overlooking Trafalgar Square and ideal for all weathers thanks to its retractable roof.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION
Discover behind-the-scenes stories from the new film and details from the original Mary Poppins books and film on the new Brit Movies Mary Poppins two-hour walking tour,, launching in 2019, which will take you through the streets of London and the locations used in Mary Poppins Returns.
MARY POPPINS IN THE WEST END
Mary Poppins will return to the West End at Prince Edward Theatre in Autumn 2019. Booking for the show opens in January 2019 and will star Zizi Strallen as Mary.