Harry Potter In London: Everything You Need To Know

By Dom Bewley

London is a magical destination for Harry Potter fans, with plenty of tours, attractions, and experiences that bring the world of wizardry to life. Whether you're a die-hard fan or just looking for a fun way to explore the city, there's something for everyone here.

As one of Britain's most notable literary characters, The Boy Who Lived has made his mark on the English capital. And, sadly, why you may not be able to visit Hogwarts in London, you can still find plenty of Harry Potter here.

This is our list of all the unmissable Harry Potter experiences in London. Just solemnly swear you'll be up to no good.

Harry Potter Gryffindor scarf and spell book

Planning Your Harry Potter Experience in London

If you're planning a trip to London to explore the world of Harry Potter, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the most of your experience.

First, be sure to book your tickets in advance for any tours or attractions you want to visit. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child are both extremely popular and can sell out quickly, so it's best to book as far in advance as possible.

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Harry Potter studio tour

Second, consider the time of year you're visiting. London can be busy during peak tourist season, which can mean longer queues and crowds at popular attractions. If possible, visit during the shoulder season or off-season to avoid the crowds and get a more relaxed experience.

Third, plan your itinerary carefully to make the most of your time in London. There are many Harry Potter-related attractions and experiences to choose from, so it's important to prioritize what you want to see and do.

You might want to start with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London to get a behind-the-scenes look at the films, then explore some of the filming locations and other sights on a walking or bus tour. Be sure to leave time to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a must-see for any theatre fan.

Platform 9 3/4

Slip into King's Cross Station and find the elusive entrance to the Hogwarts Express train platform. It was here that all the greatest witches and wizards took their first steps on their magical journeys. Fans of the series can pose with Harry's luggage trolley under the Platform 9 3⁄4 sign.

There's even a dedicated photo spot for aspiring young magicians. And once you've got the perfect photo, venture into the beautifully-designed Harry Potter shop. Find the perfect memento to mark the occasion. There are lots to choose from. 

Address: King's Cross Station, Euston Road, King's Cross, London N1 9AL 
Opening times: Store hours: Monday - Saturday; 8am - 10pm, Sunday: 9am - 8pm 
Prices: Free

Platform 9 3/4

Harry Potter Bus and Walking Brit Movie Tour

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. They'll take you from the entrance of the Leaky Cauldron all the way 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. Visitors can see the Tate Modern, St. Paul's Cathedral, Borough Market and many more. 

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Address: Walking tour begins at Westminster tube station, while the bus tour begins at Temple tube station.
Duration: Walking tour: 2 hours; bus tour: 2.5-3 hours
Prices: £17 for adults, or included in The London Pass
 

 

Piccadilly circus

Harry Potter Studio Tour

If you're looking for an immersive experience, consider visiting the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter. This behind-the-scenes tour takes you through the sets, props, and costumes used in the films, and gives you a chance to see some of the special effects that brought the magic to life.

You can also take a walking tour of London that takes you to some of the filming locations and other sites associated with the series, such as the Leaky Cauldron pub and the entrance to the Ministry of Magic. For a more panoramic view of the city, you can take a Harry Potter bus tour that covers all the major sights, from King's Cross Station to the London Eye.

The sprawling studio is ripe for exploration, with several hours of fun and entertainment. Starting at the very beginning with Harry's little cupboard under the stairs, you'll travel to iconic locations like the Great Hall, Diagon Valley and Privet Drive. The souvenir store alone makes the journey worth it.

Address: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR 
Opening times: Varying opening hours daily, all times available here 
Prices: Adults: £53.50, children: £43 

Harry Potter studio

Westminster

Not only is Westminster one of London's most iconic districts, but 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.

Then, leisurely make your way over to Westminster Bridge to relive the 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.

Westminster

Millennium Bridge

Featured in the iconic opening scene in The Half-Blood Prince where Death Eaters collapse the Millennium Footbridge, this pedestrian-only suspension bridge over the Thames offers awesome views of St. Paul's Cathedral as you walk from south to north.

Leadenhall Market

To get into Diagon Alley, you won't have to remember a secret code word. All you need to do is head over to Leadenhall Market, where the covered Victorian walkways and charming shopfronts were featured in many Diagon Alley 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. Squint, and you're there. 

Address: Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 1LT 
Opening times: Monday - Friday, 10am - 6pm; closed on weekends 
Prices: Free

Diagon Alley

London Zoo's Reptile House 

Explore the location where Harry first discovered his 'parseltongue' ability and innate gift for talking to 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.

Snake at London zoo

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

If you're a theatre fan, don't miss the chance to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. This award-winning play tells the story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's children as they navigate the challenges of Hogwarts and the wider wizarding world. The play is presented in two parts, so be sure to book tickets for both to get the full experience.

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 instalment of the Harry Potter story. It's 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.

Bear in mind that the show sells out quickly, so make sure to book your tickets well in advance. And those are all the best locations to experience Harry Potter in London. Fancy discovering more of your favourite film locations? Why, step right this way.

No matter how you choose to explore Harry Potter in London, you're sure to have an unforgettable time. Don't forget to stop by the Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 3/4 to pick up some souvenirs and mementoes from your trip.

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