Are you a fan of Harry Potter and want to discover the city where it was filmed? You don’t know how to visit the city properly so that you don’t miss any details of the Harry Potter adventure? Then here are some guidelines that will help you to plan your visit itinerary.
Quay 9 ¾ at King’s Cross: If you arrive by Eurostar you can make a small detour to take a photo with your luggage. On the platform where the students take the train to Hogwarts, you will find a souvenir shop with all the accessories you need to take a good photo next to the trolley which disappears halfway up the wall.
London Zoo, home of reptiles: The famous scene where Harry realises he can talk to snakes takes place at London Zoo in Regent’s Park. You can also enjoy a walk around the Zoo which is ideal for a family activity.
Diagon Alley: Located at the Leaden hall market, you have dreamed of walking down the street where all the witch shops are located and well the cauldron beaver shop is located at Bull’s head passage.
Gringotts: The Australian embassy, you can admire the facade or try to enter it with a good reason like a visa application, for example, otherwise it will be difficult to admire its hall.
Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix: And also the house of Sirius Black located in Claremont square. You can choose to stay in an apartment of the same style to be immersed as much as possible in the environment of Harry Potter.
The Millennium Bridge: The bridge that was destroyed by the mangoes is still there and you can cross it and have a beautiful view of the Tower Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral over the Thames.
Dursley’s House: It is located at number 12 Picket Post Close in Martins Heron, Berkshire. You can get there from Waterloo station, once you arrive in Martins Heron the station is not far from the street.
WARNER BROS STUDIOS
A must for Harry Potter fans, these studios have been set up so that fans can visit all the film sets. The big room, Dumbledore’s office, Hagrid’s hut etc… You will also be able to see the many shops dedicated to the saga and taste a beer.
Price: Tickets are £47 for an adult but you must book them well in advance of your trip as they are often sold out and you won’t have much choice. Look around 2 or 3 months in advance to make sure you have places available during your holiday.
Directions: From Euston station, you will take a train for 20 minutes to Watford Junction where you will take a bus for 15 minutes to the Studio tour; the return bus journey will cost you £3.
You also have the choice to go directly by bus from the centre of London to the studios the price includes the tickets and the journey with golden tours or just the journey if you have already bought your tickets.
Between 1 to 3 hours of Harry Potter, themed tours are available, depending on your language and desire.
The price is around £10 per meeting point depending on the guides, you will be able to hear a professional on the subject explain the little secrets hidden behind the filming locations. You will visit some of the places mentioned above such as Pier 9 ¾ and the Millennium Bridge. You can book a guide especially in your language to make sure you understand everything, or you can challenge yourself in this London adventure with Harry Potter by being immersed in British culture.
Some examples of guided tours in English:
By bus tour:
HARRY POTTER PART 1 and 2 AT THE THEATRE PALACE
You can also attend the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play parts 1 and 2 at the Palace Theatre which seats 1400 people – the ticket price is £175. Count 5 hours of entertainment for a different story centred on Albus and Scorpius inventing the time machine. We won’t say any more, it’s an innovative and enjoyable performance of your favourite characters.
The Cauldron is a bar that offers a 1-hour 45-minute experience where you can learn how to make molecular cocktails worthy of magic potions from £29 think about booking to play the sorcerer’s apprentice https://thecauldron.io/london?gclid=Cj0KCQiA-bjyBRCcARIsAFboWg35W_eG3ufUawVxpZ-XOX7pvKGUgLwFVbbxAUZyT1WWubUEayiWgOoaAodcEALw_wcB
Potion Room at Cutter & Squidge offers you a magical “afternoon tea” where you will have a class of magic potions with a teacher in a classroom for 2 hours. You will also taste English flavoured sweets to accompany your potion, the price is £49. You can book your tickets here: https://thecauldron.io/london?gclid=Cj0KCQiA-bjyBRCcARIsAFboWg35W_eG3ufUawVxpZ-XOX7pvKGUgLwFVbbxAUZyT1WWubUEayiWgOoaAodcEALw_wcB
The House of MinaLima in Soho where you can discover all the designs and graphics of the Harry Potter movies, the shop is run by the real people who created these posters of all kinds. You’ll even find copies of newspaper articles from the “Daily Prophet” for an immersive experience in the world of Harry Potter. You will find this shop on Greek Street if you want a book on the concoction of magic potion for example or defence against the forces of evil is the perfect place for you.
The Wizard Chamber: For all Harry Potter fans you can stay in this Hogwarts-style hotel, it’s almost as if you were in Hogwarts. You can book and check prices for your stay here https://georgianhousehotel.co.uk/?room=the-wizard-chambers.
Escape room: Challenge yourself to escape from a Harry Potter-themed escape room where you can solve magical puzzles to find the secret behind the room. The price will be 90£ for a group of 3 you can book your experience here https://enigmaquests.london/book-now?roomid=1003
Harry Potter Quiz: If you want to impress everyone with your knowledge about Harry Potter because YOU are the N1 fan then this is the activity for you. Often organized in pubs you can find a lot of them by searching on Google or Facebook.
You are now equipped to discover the city of London on the theme of Harry Potter if you want to discuss the movies while making language exchange you can use our Studenz site to discuss with other fans around the world.
Written by: Lisa Lambert, Staff Writer