I don’t think there’s anything more British than Harry Potter apart from the Queen I guess.
Harry Potter has been a big success from the books to the films and now London is full of places to disappear into the wizarding world, from afternoon teas to some locations from the films.
I’ve put together this guide on everything Harry Potter related in London.
I mean we may as well start with this one – it is the top thing to do! On the outskirts of London you’ll find the Warner Bros studios, home to sets and props from the films.
You can grab yourself a Butterbeer, step into Number 4 Privet Drive and run away from the spiders in the Enchanted Forest.
During Halloween and Christmas there are special exhibitions- I would definitely recommend going to see Hogwarts at Christmas!
If you’re planning on visiting I would suggest booking well in advance as it gets quickly booked up and you have to purchase a ticket with a time slot.
Okay so this isn’t strictly associated with Harry Potter (in fact they tell you this when you get there) however it is wizard themed and you definitely feel like you’ve been transported to Hogwarts or at least a similar wizarding school!
Cutter and Squidge’s afternoon tea is set in the basement which has been transformed into a potions room filed with vials, wooden desks and even wands on the walls. To enter, you must wear a robe (wizards must look good at all times).
Before you get to eat, your potions master takes you through a few spells to make potions and a dessert in your cauldron. Then once that is done, the staff bring around sandwiches, pies and scones. And then the potions master has a surprise for you at the end!
The House of Minalima is the design studio behind the props in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films. It’s part gallery and part store.
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Just be sure to have some cash saved up before you go as you’ll want to buy everything. During my last trip I bought some postcards to send to my Harry Potter obsessed cousin. You can also buy framed artwork.
London is home to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – I’m not going to say anything more about it as you’ve got to #Keepthesecrets.
BUT it’s really hard to get tickets and you have to book quite far in advance.
If you haven’t managed to get tickets you can enter the lottery and see if you’re lucky. Or you can also try your luck on the day of the show to see if there are any returns – a relative of mine got lucky on the day during his last trip to London so it does happen!
Let’s face it, Harry Potter merch is expensive especially when you buy it from places like the Warner Bros studios. Primark is a great place to get Harry Potter goods to take home with you.
The store on Tottenham Court Road has a designated Harry Potter section, from bed covers to Pjamas, jumpers and socks. You can even get suitcases that look like the ones in the films – and they’re all reasonably priced too!
I actually remember this platform from when I was at university – eight years ago! As Harry Potter became increasingly popular it’s become a big tourist destination.
Now, you have to queue to be able to take your picture. There are even photographers there where you can purchase a picture. And there’s a massive shop there too! I took my cousin there and of course I had to get a picture too!
While you’re there, it’s worth stopping by St Pancras station which doubles as Kings Cross station in the films.
A lot of the later films feature scenes in London so why not try and find them? Time Out London put together a list of locations.
Two of the top spots are Millenium Bridge on the Southbank which is attacked by a gang on death eaters in the films and also Scotland Place which is home to a telephone box that is the entrance to the Ministry of Magic in the film.
Make sure you also visit Leadenhall Market which doubles as Diagon Alley and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron.
If you fancy a bar experience like no other then definitely book a table at The Caldron. Like Cutter and Squidge, you must don a robe and hold a wand to take part in the experience.
Guests learn how to brew potions that are two delicious cocktails. All potions can be made with or without alcohol just in case you’re driving home or have work in the morning.
They also sell kits so you can learn to do it at home and impress your friends with your magic skills.
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This should be enough to fill your time but if you’re still craving more Harry Potter adventures then I suggest one of the Harry Potter London walking tours.
And if you’re STILL craving further Harry Potter adventures then I suggest you head up on a train to Edinburgh via Alnwick Castle.