Harry Potter Things to Do In London

12 Best Harry Potter Things to Do In London

Are you a Harry Potter fan and looking for a Wizarding World-themed day tour? If you’ve just arrived in London, you can already feel a little essence of the Harry Potter world around you. The Gothic architecture, overcast weather, and cobblestone streets really give that unique magical vibe. But what are the actual Harry Potter things to do in London?

We’ve listed the 12 best Harry Potter activities in London to plan your weekend around. Take a trip to the city outskirts in Leavesden or stay in the capital to visit the real-life locations, this is your ultimate list of Harry Potter things to do in London:

1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

Harry Potter Walking Tour
Harry Potter Walking Tour

Harry Potter fans can’t ask for anything better than the Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. With plenty of locations, behind-the-scenes activities, animatronics, and props, the studio tour is like a dream of visiting the Wizarding World coming true.

Take a guided tour from central London directly to the studios in Leavesden. The tour includes the primary locations where most Harry Potter scenes were filmed, like the Forbidden Forest, Great Hall, Dumbledore’s Office, and Diagon Alley.

At the props and animatronics sections, learn about the technical expertise of filmmakers who brought the fictional world of Harry Potter to our screens. Be sure to visit the Studio Shop and buy Harry Potter-themed apparel, wizard robes, wands, and souvenirs.

2. Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station

Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross Station
Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station

We all remember that incredible scene where Harry and Ron tried to penetrate through the King’s Cross’ wall to reach Platform 9 ¾, but rather got bumped into it and took the flying car to Hogwarts.

Although Platform 9 ¾ only existed in the movie, there’s a cool model of the platform’s penetrable wall at King’s Cross with half a trolley sticking out. Take some family photographs with that trolley. Kids can buy wizard robes from the shop nearby and take more realistic photos with the platform 9 ¾ plate and the trolley.

3. House of MinaLima

House of MinaLima
House of MinaLima

House of MinaLima is a Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts-themed store located in Soho near Covent Garden. You can buy Harry Potter collections, books, collectables, stationery, and various artworks from the store.

House of MinaLima also has a gallery that displays the graphic art of the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts film franchises. MinaLima basically founded the graphic arts and elements of the Wizarding World. So, you can find the most realistic and creative replicas of the movie props and souvenirs over here.

4. Harry Potter Walking Tour of London

Harry Potter Walking Tour of London
Harry Potter Walking Tour of London

Several tour operators offer Harry Potter-themed walking tours across the real-life locations used in the films. On these guided walking tours, you’ll visit the Millennium Bridge, Leadenhall Market, Great Scotland Yard buildings, Cecil Court, Covent Garden, and Borough Market.

Explore the famous attractions where different scenes from the films were shot. The knowledgeable guide will tell you the details about each attraction and its significance in the movies. These tours typically last 4 hours, and include fresh food markets and cafes to relax after a long walk.

5. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Play

The Wizarding World story continues with “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”, a play commenced in two parts on alternate days in Westminster’s Palace Theatre. You can book the play’s tickets directly from the website, available in standard, last minute, premium, solo, and grouped ticket options.

Here are the details of the plays:

  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Part One): Running time is 2 hours and 40 minutes – starts at 14:00 and curtains down at 16:40
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Part Two): Running time is 2 hours and 35 minutes – starts at 19:00 and curtains down at 21:35
  • Active Days: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday

6. Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market

One of the fanciest markets in London, this covered market with an aesthetic glass roof perfectly compliments your Harry Potter-themed walking tour. The market also served as one of the locations for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron.

Located in the Square Mile on Gracechurch Street, this market is also an active hub for eateries, boutiques, and shopping. Finding the Leaky Cauldron hidden somewhere between the pubs is the best activity for the young Harry Potter fans here.

7. St. Pancras International Station

St. Pancras International Station
St Pancras International Station

So, Harry and Ron have missed the Hogwarts Express, and now they’ve taken the Weasley’s Ford Anglia to fly their way to Hogwarts. Relive that famous scene at St. Pancras International right next to the King’s Cross Station.

St. Pancras is one of the lesser-known real-life Harry Potter attractions in London. That’s because it’s among the locations that only the real Harry Potter fans remember. You can combine your visit to St. Pancras with Platform 9 ¾ visit at King’s Cross since both locations are adjacent.

8. Millennium Bridge

Millennium Bridge
Millennium Bridge

The Death Eater’s vicious attack on Muggles in London reminds us of the “collapsed Millennium Bridge” from the movies. Fortunately, it’s still intact in real life and offers an absorbing 5-minute walk over the River Thames.

It’s best to add Millennium Bridge to your Harry Potter Walking Tour routes if you’re on a self-guided tour. The Millennium Bridge, when approached from the Southwark end, leads straight to St. Paul’s Cathedral to its North End.

9. Chairing Cross Road

Chairing Cross Road
Chairing Cross Road

The Charing Cross Road is known for the “Palace Theatre” hosting the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child plays. In the movies, it was shown as one of the entrances to the Wizarding World via Leaky Cauldron.

Although the Leadenhall Market was used as a setting for the Charing Cross Road in the movies, the location resembled the original Charing Cross Road in London. Visit the famous “Cecil Court” road in the area where Death Eaters attacked and abducted Garrick Ollivander. You can approach the Charing Cross Road via the Leicester Square Underground Station.

10. Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus

While you’re in London’s West End to enjoy theatres and entertainment, be sure to visit Piccadilly Circus. We all can recall Piccadilly Circus from Bill and Fleur’s wedding in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, and the subsequent attack of the Death Eaters.

Harry, Ron, and Hermoine quickly escaped from the Wizarding World and arrived at the Piccadilly Circus in London’s West End. This scene was quite thrilling because they almost bumped into a No. 19 bus passing by. It’s also one of the locations where Death Eaters wreaked havoc during their attack on London.

11. Reptile House at London Zoo

Reptile House at London Zoo
Reptile House at London Zoo

Harry speaking the Parseltongue in the initial scenes of The Philosopher’s Stone was when he got to know that he wasn’t just another “muggle” kid. He spoke to a snake at the Reptile House of London Zoo.

All the snakes and amphibians in that scene were the actual reptiles of the ZSL London Zoo. So, when you take your kids to the London Zoo, be sure to replicate this scene to add a bit of fun and “magic” to your activity.

12. Australia House

Australia House
Australia House

The Office of the High Commissioner of Australia in London, also known as Australia House served as a location for Gringott’s Bank. The building’s exhibition hall was used to shoot some scenes for the Wizarding Bank’s interior.

Once you enter the Exhibition Hall of the Australian High Commission, you can recall the scene where the Golden Trio approached the manager’s desk and secretly entered Bellatrix Lestrange’s Vault. You can take a guided tour themed around “Gringott’s Bank” that’ll get you an entry inside the Australia House.

FAQs

What is the best way to get to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London?

Take a guided tour from Central London that’ll take you directly to the Warner Bros. Studio. If you’re on a self-guided tour, take a train from London’s Euston Station and leave at Watford Junction where a shuttle service is available to get to the Warner Bros. Studio.

Do I need to book tickets in advance for the Warner Bros. Studio Tour?

You must book Warner Bros. Studio Tour tickets in advance for the Harry Potter tour.

Is there a fee to visit Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station?

You can simply walk to the Platform 9 ¾ sign and locate the trolly sticking out of the wall. But for a professional photograph, you need to pay £9.50 per person.

Can I buy Harry Potter merchandise at the various locations?

Harry Potter merchandise and apparel are available at several themed shops at different locations. Notable locations are Warner Bros. Studio in Leavesden, King’s Cross Station Platform 9 ¾, Piccadilly Circus, Leadenhall Market, and Charing Cross Road.

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