Whether you live in London or visit as a tourist, you can’t get over the history in the city. There is so much to see and do, and wander the places that decades of Royalty have been. There are spots where you might see a celebrity, as well as many locations that are featured in films.
If you are looking for Harry Potter experiences, then London is a great place to visit. There are so many locations that are described in the books. As well as locations that were featured in the multi-million pound films. So for a bit of the Potter magic, why not explore some of the specific areas? Here are some of the areas that you have to go to, if you are a Potter fan.
Warner Brothers Studio Tour
The Warner Brothers Studio Tour is actually located in Watford, which is only a short train or bus journey out of the city. In fact, there is a shuttle bus service from Watford Junction station to the studio tour (£2.50 return fee, cash only). I have been twice and it is simply amazing! It is fascinating to see the actual props and costumes that were used. You learn some of the tricks of the trade too, which is really interesting.
Cost: It is quite pricey at £39 (children are less and under 4’s are free). But if you are a fan, you will think it is worth every penny.
King’s Cross Station
You might even visit London through via King’s Cross, if you come from the north. So be sure to stop off at the ‘platform 9 3/4’! You can find the trolley on the main concourse, so you don’t need to have a ticket or anything (the new concourse is stunning with lots of shops and restaurants to keep you busy). Then you can get a picture of you starting your first day at Hogwarts, like Harry. There is also a little souvenir shop close by.
Reptile House, London Zoo
If you are planning a trip to London Zoo, then you need to stop off at the Reptile House. I personally don’t think it would be worth a trip just for it, though. But they filmed part of the first film exactly in that spot. So if you fancy seeing if you have parseltongue with all of the many snakes and reptiles, it could be worth a trip.
Cost: from £20 for an adult ticket.
The Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film, starts with a striking scene over Millennium Bridge where it collapses. It is a suspension bridge for pedestrians only. So it is worth a walk along there and you can take in some of the views of London, including St. Pauls.
Leaden hall Market (close to Fenchurch Street and Monument tube stations), was used during the filming of the Diagon Alley scenes in the first book. In fact, the entrance to the pub that Harry and Hagrid go into is in fact an opticians! It is a stunning building, though, full of Victorian architecture and an amazing painted roof.
Have you ever been to any of these places in London?
These are great! I’ve only been to Platform 9 3/4! I was a big HP fan as a kid, but have grown out of it a bit, but I’d wouldn’t mind seeing Leadenhall Market! #CityTripping
I’ve always wanted to do the HP tour, it’s first on my list when I head back to London!
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We went on Saturday afternoon, I loved it so much. I live in Stoke and you can’t find anything more than a burger or oatcake van here so it was wonderful to try great street food. I was sad to leave but I co17ndRul;t fit any more food in my stomach!
Great post – I hadn’t thought of the reptile house. We had a great time in Oxford and were surprised by the amount of Harry Potter stuff there too http://www.wandermustfamily.com/2016/09/13/48-hours-in-oxford-with-a-baby-a-photo-itinerary/
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This is so good. I really want to visit the Warner Bros Studio Tour!
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There are so many wonderful places to visit in London and I’m still amazed when I see these places in movies that I can’t believe that I live in London too! #citytripping
This is right along my alley. Especially Diagon Alley. Hahahaha.. I’ve been so wanting to do a Harry Potter tour of London. Thanks for doing all the planning for me. Lol… Now I just need a super good deal on airfare. #CityTripping
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I’ve never done the Harry Potter tour (or Kings Cross!) as my boy is 5 and he’s not really discovered Harry yet. I’ll take him one day though. That market looks amazing. I’m definitely going there next time 🙂
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Amazing ideas! I love harry potter I’m actually headed to the warner brother studios next month cannot wait! xx
I’ve done the 9 3 /4 platform and the Leadenhall Market and the millennium bridge:) I want to do the studio tour one day:) #citytripping
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I didn’t realised that they had filmed in all these locations. The only one I’ve been to so far is Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross! Leadenhall Market looks spectacular so I will make sure I go there next time I am in London.
These are great places. I’ve never been to London but I love Harry Potter so I’ll definitely be keeping these in mind when we are finally able to go. #citytripping
I’ve been to all these and they are all excellent. I was fearful that the Warner Brothers Studio tour would be a rip off but it was just excellent even down to the quality of merchandise in the shop.
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Ooo! I am a HP fan but I still havnt managed to make it to warner bros studios yet. Xx
I haven’t been to any of these Harry Potter scenes. Can you believe it? Leadenhall market looks stunning. Once my daughter gets into HP I know this will be very helpful! Thanks for linking #citytripping
I have done Harry Potter world with my son for his birthday, he loved it! I thought it was great, even though I am not a Harry Potter fan. That Market is stunning, I want to go there!
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Great post for any Harry Potter fan. Love that the majority of the attractions are free too! Never realised that there were so many locations connected to the film in London.
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Wow! I didn’t know about half of these places, my son would love them. We are going to the Warner Bros studio tour for his birthday in January. I think I’m more excited than him.
I love the look of Leadenhall Market I’m definitely putting that on my ‘must visit’ list. Glad I found this post 🙂
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Great post! Always keen to find the Harry Potter locations. The Australian High Commission interior was used as the scene for Gringott’s bank! I think you can just pop in quickly for a look
Love this list! I’ve got 2 left to check off!
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I’m such a big Harry Potter fan- I’ve been to warner brothers and done the obligatory kings cross picture while a bit drunk from a night out.. the others I need to get on. I’m a terrible londoner at times!
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I would love to go to the Warner Brothers Studio. I’m just waiting until my daughter is old enough to enjoy it with me. x
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I’ve been to kings cross station but that’s it. I’m desperate to get to the studios. X
What a great post – I love the Harry Potter stories and the studio tour is just amazing. I hadn’t realised about Leadenham market though. #citytripping
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Oh no I knew there was something I wanted to see at Kings Cross station when I was in London over a week ago. The platform. Next time. 🙂
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Great list! I used to be a Harry Potter fan back in the day – I’m looking forward to my kids discovering the books and then I suspect we shall be called upon to visit some more of these 🙂
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I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and can’t wait till the little ones are old enough to take to London to see all this!!
Love the HP films!! I always take visiting guests to platform 9 3/4…. Would love to do the Warner Brothers tour some day. xx