I solemnly swear that I am up to no good! As one of Britain’s most notable literary characters, the boy who lived has made his mark on the English capital. Here’s our favourite locations for a dose of Harry Potter in London!
Slip into King’s Cross Station and find the elusive entrance to the Hogwarts Express train station platform, where all the greatest witches and wizards took their first steps on their magical journeys. With a dedicated photo spot for aspiring young magicians, fans of the series can pose with Harry’s luggage trolley under the Platform 9 ¾ sign and afterwards venture into the stunningly designed Harry Potter Shop for your own mystical memento.
Address: King’s Cross Station, Euston Road, King’s Cross, London N1 9AL
Opening times: Store hours 8am – 10pm, Monday – Saturday; 9am – 9pm Sunday
Want to indulge your Pottermania and take in London at the same time? Brit Movie Tours offers not one, but two Harry Potter bus and walking tours that will take you from the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron to the Ministry of Magic. Available as a half or full day tour, the route takes guests past some of London’s biggest tourist attractions including the Tate Modern, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Borough and more.
Address: Walking tour begins at Westminster tube station, bus tour begins at Temple tube station
Duration: Walking tour, two hours; bus tour two and a half to three hours
Prices: London Pass holders get 20% off all tickets using the coupon code LDP20; walking tour adult tickets priced at £12, children at £10; bus tour adult tickets priced at £27, children at £20
Delve behind the scenes of the beloved Harry Potter films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, where everything from impressive scaled down replicas of Hogwarts to real cups of Butterbeer add touches of magic to your experience. This sprawling in-depth studio is rife for exploration with roughly several hours of entertainment, starting at the very beginning with Harry’s little cupboard under the stairs and taking visitors to iconic locations like the Great Hall, Diagon Valley and Privet Drive. The souvenir store at the end of the tour alone makes the journey worth it.
London Pass holders are eligible to purchase an exclusive studio tour package including tickets and return transportation to Central London.
Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR
Opening times: Varying opening hours daily, all times available here
Prices: £66 for adults, £61 for children, £20 for infants 3-4 (transport only), free for children aged 2 and under for all London Pass Harry Potter Studio Tour customers (including transport and tickets); £35 for adults, £27 for children 5-15, free for children aged 4 and under, various group and family packages priced £25.50-£36.95 (prices subject to change in 2017)
Not only is Westminster one of London’s most iconic districts, it’s also packed with Harry Potter film locations. Begin at Westminster tube station, where muggle-fanatic Arthur Weasley bumbled his way through the turnstiles with Harry, and leisurely make your way over to Westminster Bridge to relive the Potter gang’s stunning flight over the Houses of Parliament in the Order of the Phoenix. Budget time in to see the rest of the area and Westminster Abbey – while they aren’t related to Harry Potter, they’re still well worth seeing.
Featured in the iconic opening scene in the Half Blood Prince where deatheaters collapse the Millenium Footbridge, this pedestrian-only suspension bridge over the Thames offers awesome view of St. Paul’s cathedral as you walk from South to North.
To get into Diagon Alley, you won’t have to remember the secret code to get in. All you need to do is head over to Leadenhall Market, where the covered Victorian walkways and charming shopfronts made up many of Diagon Alley’s exterior shots. Keep an eye out for 42 Bull’s Head Passage, an optician’s shop with an unmissable bright blue door used as the entrance for the Leaky Cauldron.
Address: Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 1LT
Opening times: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm; closed on weekends
Explore the location where Harry first discovered his ability of parseltongue and gift for talking to and understanding snakes in the Philosopher’s Stone. Home to over 650 species from reptiles and mammals to invertebrates, birds, fish and more, the London Zoo is a must-visit for all visitors.
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting things to come out of the Potter franchise in recent years, this two-part play is the official eighth part of the Harry Potter story based on a story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. Set long after the seventh book ended, Harry now works full time at the Ministry of Magic and has three young children – including Albus, the youngest who has also inherited his father’s gift for troublemaking. Note: tickets are sold out until 2018, so it’s well worth booking your tickets in advance.