Who can even wait for Mary Poppins Returns to land (with a perfectly poised magical flying umbrella) into cinemas this December? Opening on the 21st this sequel to the 1964 Disney Classic sees Emily Blunt in the role made infamous by Julie Andrews.This modern day follow-up sees everyone’s favorite magical nanny, well, return to help the now grown-up Jane and Michael Banks (the children from the original movie) with the next generation of Banks children – and, is said to be a much closer interpretation of the character created in the novels by P. L Travers.
While we all await this new updated version we’ve rounded up some ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’ shopping buys and a list of all the best places to have a practically perfect Mary Poppins experience with a list of our top events in London this season.
It will almost be like you are on Cherry Tree Lane itself…
1. Rubies Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume from Next
2. Emmeline Pankhurst by Lisbeth Kaiser and Ana Sanfelippo (Little People, Big Dreams) from Amazon
1. Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea at Aqua Shard, London Bridge
An indulgent trip down memory lane as you are immediately immersed in Mary Poppins authors P.L. Travers imaginary world with this exciting new afternoon tea.
From the gilt gold framed mirror menu to symbolise Mary’s ‘practically perfect’ reflection and the umbrella topped and silver booted bottomed cake stand stacked with traditional finger sandwiches, crumpets, Mrs Brill’s homemade scones with jam and clotted cream and black ‘Cherry Tree Lane’ mousse no less – this is a tea not to be missed.
We love the kite that flies from the glass of bubbles where adult diners can choose to add a spoonful of ‘medicine’ – a choice of three homemade liqueurs to their glass. Little ones can enjoy a raspberry and rhubarb ripple flavoured ice cream float on top of old fashioned lemonade – to complete the experience.
Served on crockery that comes to life with Mary Shepard’s original illustrations of Mary Poppins – the tea will follow the format of a quintessentially British afternoon tea with unconventional twists as you sit in the triple-storey atrium on the 31st floor of the aqua shard, boasting panoramic views of London’s skyline.
GOOD TO KNOW:The Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea will be served every day from 1.00 – 5.00pm, the afternoon tea is priced at £49 per person, or £66 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Champagne, and £72 with a glass of Veuve Clicquot Rosé. Available until 19th July 2019. BOOK HERE
2. Mecure Supercalifragilistic Film Package, Hyde Park
Make a weekend of your Mary Poppins London experience with the Mercure Hotel exclusive Supercalifragilistic Film Package at it’s four-star Mercure London Hyde Park Hotel.
Located just moments from where the first-ever moving picture was filmed at Apsley Gate in 1889, this quintessentially Victorian hotel is set in a peaceful, leafy square in West London and pays homage to London’s film heritage throughout it’s decor with artworks and black and white movie images adorning the walls.
Guests on The Supercalifragilistic Film Package will receive local cinema tickets, gourmet popcorn and a special guide to London locations inspired by the original 1964 Mary Poppins film, made in partnership with Helen Blakeman, Screenwriter & Chair of the Children’s Committee at BAFTA.
3. Fizz, Bang, Pop! and Snow Globe Photo Booth at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge
Experience the whimsical world of 1930s London as Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge celebrate Mary Poppins Returns with it’s Fizz Bang Pop! experience. The flagship store has been transformed into a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious wonderland complete with a life-sized giant snow globe.
Guests can step inside the snow globe and have a photo taken against a backdrop of 17 Cherry Tree Lane, the house in which the Banks family live, – as well as take in four costumes on display in the store windows designed by Academy Award-winning designer Sandy Powell, as you fly-by be sure to take in the twinkling cherry trees that arch over the escalators and burst through floors and ceilings that then lead you to the fifth floor cafe where a gold and silver umbrella-strewn canopy awaits.
GOOD TO KNOW: FIZZ BANG POP! is at Harvey Nichols, London until 4th January 2019 and The Mary Poppins Snowglobe is open daily and costs £10 – you need to book your 10/15 minute slot in advance and, you’ll receive a printed memento or digital email photograph in return. BOOK HERE
4. The Mary Poppins ‘Carousel’ afternoon tea at Kona, Buckingham Gate
Not strictly a full on Mary Poppins Themed Tea but most definitely taking inspiration from the magical vintage fairground scene from the original movie – a nod to the iconic nanny will see you spot carpet bags on windowsills and lace umbrellas placed on your table.
The Candy Striped Carousel Afternoon Tea invites you to hop aboard with some joyful and original sweet treats such as The Spinning Top (a banana and passion fruit compote on chocolate sphere), Egg and Spoon (mini strawberry and rose flavoured cheese cakes on a decorative mock-chocolate spoon) and of course. a selection of traditional British sandwiches and scones.
GOOD TO KNOW: The Candy Striped Carousel Afternoon Tea is served every day at Kona from 12:30 – 18:00 hrs and prices start from £40. BOOK HERE
5. Supercalifragilistic Tour with American Tour Guide in London
This is more than a tour this is an experience – and, at present the only Mary Poppins tour in London (see below for new on more to come)
This unique Mary Poppins walking tour includes singing to the birds on the steps of St. Paul’s Cathedral, exploring the rooftops where the chimney sweeps hang out, and protesting for the rights for women’s votes. Inspired by the life and books by PL Travers, the 1964 Disney film, and the music of the Sherman brothers – this tour has it all.
Reconnect with this iconic nanny with singing (optional, but always encouraged!) dance and lots if insightful knowledge from your qualified ‘full-of-life’ Texan (ex-American teacher) as your indispensable guide who’s outing in the Big Smoke won’t be forgotten.
6. Practically Perfect Package at Milestone Hotel, Kensington
The Milestone Hotel & Residences Practically Perfect Package in this mansion style hotel is a typical British experience inspired by Mary’s iconic humour and charm – and will delight guests young and old.
Located in the heart of Kensington the magic begins the minute you step into the hotel as guests will receive a red carnation buttonhole, just like the one Mr. Banks wore on his lapel in the original Disney film. Children will receive a ‘silver’ chocolate tuppence – which they can exchange for a bird-feeding kit to feed the birds in Hyde Park and have the chance to fly a kite ‘up to the highest height’ in the Italian Garden at Kensington Palace.
This magical overnight stay also includes the ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ afternoon tea (with ‘chimney sweep’ black macarons, a chocolate and Earl Grey pastry modelled on Mary Poppins’ hat, and a cupcake served with a chocolate spoon(ful) of sugar). For children there is kite-shaped biscuits covered in cherry ganache.
Round off your perfect day with a Super-cala-cocktail “Little Nip from Every Sip’ – while younger guests can get involved with a … Most Delightful Way! mocktail.GOOD TO KNOW: The Practically Perfect experience at The Milestone Hotel & Residences is available until 31st January 2019. Prices start from £540 and is based on 2 sharing a room and includes overnight stay, full English breakfast, a “Spoonful of Sugar” Afternoon Tea and a Super-cala-cocktail-licious cocktail each.
GOOD TO KNOW: The Practically Perfect experience at The Milestone Hotel & Residences is available until 31st January 2019. Prices start from £540 and is based on 2 sharing a room and includes overnight stay, full English breakfast, a “Spoonful of Sugar” Afternoon Tea and a Super-cala-cocktail-licious cocktail each. BOOK HERE
EXTRAS: Children can take the brand new kite home with them for a charge of £40 and for afternoon tea only prices start at £50 per person and £25 for a children under 12.
7. The Imperial Suite Nannies Package at The Kensington, South Kensington
The exclusive ‘Suite Nannies’ package at The Kensington is the ultimate Mary Poppins inspired getaway. For parents that need some R&R while there kids are looked after or, for those on business in London this 3-night packages in available in one of 3 suites (The Kensington, The Knightsbridge or The Brompton).
Teaming up with Imperial Nannies (known for placing high calibre nannies with discerning families since 1996) the package includes your very own ‘Mary Poppins’ style nanny who for up to 12 hours per hour will delight the children with local excursions, goes and treats. Before you all meet up for a sumptuous afternoon tea – then onto hot chocolate and storytelling in the evening.
GOOD TO KNOW: The Imperial Nannies package includes three nights in either The Kensington (from £7,500) or The Knightsbridge and The Brompton Suites (from £5,500), an Imperial Nanny for 12 hours per day, excursions for the children, one afternoon tea for four and one bottle of champagne with small plates at K Bar. The package is available to book between 21st December 2018 – March 2019. BOOK HERE
EXTRAS: Nannies can be further tailored to suit each family’s requirements at a further cost.
The Brit Tour Movies Mary Poppins Tour of London (launching in 2019)
This two hour walking tour is the perfect way the locations used in the new Mary Poppins Returns movie which will take in some of the City of London’s most famous landmarks including the Bank of England and St Paul’s Cathedral – can you spot the bird lady?
The guide will also reveal behind the scenes stories of the making of Mary Poppins Returns, the meaning of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and you’ll hear about the 1930’s London in which Jane and Michael grew up.
GOOD TO KNOW: The Mary Poppins Returns tour is suitable for little legs & is pram friendly and prices will start at £10 with private group tours available.
Mary Poppins the Musical at the Prince Edward Theatre (Autumn 2019)
Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed stage musical Mary Poppins made its world premiere at the Prince Edward Theatre in 2004 and is set to make a jolly welcome return as Mary floats back into the West End in Autumn 2019.
Set to star West End favourites Zizi Strallen and Charlie Stemp tickets will go on sale January 2019.