Everyone knows Peter Pan – the boy who could fly, but never grows up. The creation of Scottish playwright J.M Barrie, this cheeky little chap is one of the most iconic characters in British literature.
Thanks to well-known films like the 1953 Disney version and 1991’s Hook, Peter Pan is a famous figure around the globe – but did you know you can find him in London? Yes, it’s true. You don’t have to go all the way to Neverland to come face-to-face with the boy himself, just hop on the Tube to Hyde Park!
Ok, so it’s not actually Peter Pan, but it is the next best thing – a statute of the fictional boy. However, due to the wonders of modern technology, this statue does come to life. Simply swipe your phone near to the plaque and you’ll get a personalised return call from Peter himself – are you excited yet?
The statue is actually over one hundred years old and was first erected in 1912 after it was commissioned by J.M Barrie (he obviously thought very highly of himself) in 1902. After ten years, it was finally built by Sir George Frampton in Kensington Gardens, where it has stood ever since.
Kensington Gardens is said to have inspired Barrie to write the original tale as he lived close by. In his tale, The Little White Bird, Peter flies out of a window and lands beside the Long Water – the statue is in this spot.
Where can you find it
We’ve already told you it’s in Kensington Gardens, but where exactly? Just to the west of the Long Water. You can’t miss Peter frolicking with mice, squirrels, fairies and other creatures at the top of a bronze plinth.
Simply walk down to Earl’s Court Underground Station and catch the District line up to Notting Hill Gate. Walk right down Notting Hill Gate until it merges with Bayswater Road. The gardens will come up on your right. Follow the signs for the Long Water until you find the boy who never grows up.