If you have a Harry Potter fan in the house, and are planning a trip to London to visit the Warner Bros’ Harry Potter Studio Tour then be sure to add these Must-See Harry Potter Places in London to your itinerary, to make the ultimate Harry Potter trip to London!
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#1. Warner Bros’ Harry Potter Studio Tour
For the ultimate wizarding experience you won’t want to miss Warner Bros’ Harry Potter Studio Tour, Leavesden, which is located near Watford, in southwest Hertfordshire. This attraction is a truly magical place where you can
- visit the studios where all eight Harry Potter movies were made
- walk down Diagon Alley
- drink butterbeer
- step into Hogwarts
- and of course purchase yourself a wand!
There are also seasonal exhibitions so check what’s on before you go.
Travel tip: from central London take a train to Watford Junction then there’s a shuttle bus. If coming by car, there’s free parking for ticket-holders so book in advance.
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#2. Platform 9¾
Probably the most famous Harry Potter place in London to visit is Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station. As all Harry Potter readers know, the pupils of Hogwarts leave from this station, running into the wall between Platforms 9 and 10 to find Platform 9¾ to board their magical train to head to school each term.
At the real King’s Cross Station, you’ll find the sign for Platform 9¾ on the wall on the station’s concourse (and the Harry Potter gift shop nearby of course!). You’ll see the luggage trolley embedded in the wall, perfect for those picture opportunities!
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#3. St. Pancras Station, London
Next door to King’s Cross is St. Pancras Station, the Victorian neo-gothic building, described as one of the most elegant stations in the world. You will recognise the exterior of St. Pancras from scenes such as when the Weasley’s magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
#4. Reptile House, London Zoo
Visit The Reptile House at London Zoo next, it’s where the famous snake scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, where we first find out that Harry can speak Parseltongue, was filmed. In the scene, it’s a burmese python that speaks to Harry Potter while in real life, the enclosure that was filmed is actually home to the Zoo’s black mamba!
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#5. Millennium Bridge, London
Take a walk across the pedestrian Millenium Bridge, crossing the River Thames, from Bankside to City of London. You might remember that in the dramatic opening scenes of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Millennium Bridge collapsed into the River Thames destroyed by Fenrir Greyback and a small group of Death Eaters.
#6. Leadenhall Market, London
Dating back to the 14th century, Leadenhall Market in London was where the exterior shots for The Leaky Cauldron were filmed. Part of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (the first film in the blockbuster series) was filmed in Leadenhall and the market was used to represent the area of London leading to the popular wizarding pub and magical shopping street ‘Diagon Alley’.
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#7. Piccadilly Circus, London
Walk in the steps of Harry, Ron, and Hermione at Piccadilly Circus. It features in the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 when they run from Ron’s older brother Bill and Fleur’s wedding after learning that the Death Eaters are after them.
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#8. Australia House, London
Located on the Strand, Australia House in London was where scenes for Gringotts Wizarding Bank (the only known bank of the wizarding world) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were filmed. It’s not open to the public unless you are there as an Australian citizen on official business, as it is the home of the Australian High Commission, but you can walk around and view the exterior of the building.
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#9. Claremont Square, London
In the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the row houses on Claremont Square in Islington were used as the exterior for Sirius Black’s ancestral home, Grimmauld Place, also the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix.
#10. Surbiton Railway Station
Head out to the suburbs of southwest London to Surbiton Railway Station to find the location in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince where Harry reads about the attack on the Millennium Bridge (in a little cafe inside the train station). It’s also the spot from where Dumbledore picks Harry up later.
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