Mr Bean, as portrayed by Rowan Atkinson, was seen driving around London today (4 September) to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the comedy character first appearing on British television.

In footage uploaded online by Twitter user Elliot Crutchley, Atkinson can be seen in full Mr Bean attire sitting in a battered armchair with his beloved teddy a mop atop his famous lime green mini with the words "#MRBean25" emblazoned on the side. The car proceeded to drive Bean through the streets of London, taking in sights such as Buckingham Palace, the Mall, and department store Harrods.

Mr Bean, co-created by Atkinson and Blackadder scribe Richard Curtis, was first broadcast as a pilot on ITV on 1 January 1990. The show has gone on to become a huge global success, being screened 245 territories worldwide.

It has inspired an animated cartoon spin-off, two feature films and an appearance by Atkinson at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. The show has sold 35m DVDs around the world and videos of Mr Bean have racked up over 1.5bn views on YouTube.

Twitter: @ElliotCrutchley