MARY POP­PINS re­turns!

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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.

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