London for Harry Potter fans. Our top tips for things to see and do.
London is full of film locations that Potter fans will recognise. And if that’s not enough, there are specific attractions too. In fact, we think there’s so much that even the most dedicated fan will go home satisfied! Here are our top tips.
Film locations tours
From Leadenhall Market to Piccadilly Circus and St Pancras Station, London is full of places you’ll recognise if you’ve been paying attention to the films.
However, organising it yourself and getting around London can be time-consuming and tiring. So, we recommend a tour. Luckily, there are loads of options here. First of all, what about a walking tour? This is a great way to get extra information from a guide, and get straight to the key sights.
Alternatively, if you’re not into walking or the weather’s not cooperating, take a bus tour instead! Get around in comfort and pack loads into a morning or afternoon tour.
However, not all of these tours will take you to King’s Cross Station. Here you can find the famous Platform 9¾, and have your photo taken. There’s even a shop for those essential Harry Potter souvenirs. But don’t worry. If you miss it on the tour, it’s easy to reach by tube.
If your time and budget allow, and you want something really special, head to the the Warner Bros studio tour. This is in Leavesden, in the north of London. And it’s right next to the original film studios. Here you can go in-depth into everything from the films. From sets to costumes and props, as well as insights into the special effects, there’s hours of exploring here.
You’ll need to buy tickets in advance. To get there, just take the train to Watford Junction, and hop on the shuttle bus to the studios – check the website for bus prices and info.
Watch the play
Yes: if all that isn’t enough, how about seeing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? The play’s story starts nineteen years later, and has had amazing reviews. And where better to see it than in London’s West End, at the Palace Theatre?
Now, it’s not surprising that tickets are pretty hard to get and sell far in advance. However, they do have some last-minute options such as returns. Check the website for chances to get a ticket.