London is a superb vacation spot to go to should you’re a Harry Potter fan. There are lots of, many locations throughout town which J.Okay. Rowling both used as inspiration for or talked about in her celebrated guide sequence, and/or which have been used as areas for the following movies. Listed here are 17 of the perfect locations to go should you’d wish to discover the world of Harry Potter in London.
J. Okay. Rowling as soon as labored for Amnesty Worldwide in London, at workplaces near Trafalgar Sq.. A couple of minutes’ stroll from right here is Cecil Courtroom, stated to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley. Cecil Courtroom is residence to some great unbiased outlets, together with specialist guide sellers, map and vintage outlets. There’s even a bookshop which gives tarot readings.
For those who’d wish to see the placement which was used as Diagon Alley within the Harry Potter movies, it’s essential to go to Leadenhall Market. It is a lovely Victorian coated market and it options in a number of of the movies as Diagon Alley – the blue door of the opticians in Bull’s Head Passage is the doorway to The Leaky Cauldron pub. The market is residence to meals and flower stalls in addition to outlets, pubs and eating places.
For those who stroll to the tip of Cecil Courtroom to St. Martin’s Lane, cease and look throughout the highway and up, you’ll see an outdated painted signal depicting a person with a big cooking pot. The signal is connected to a constructing which is at the moment a Greek restaurant, however when J. Okay. Rowling labored close by it was a pub. This pub and the signal are stated to be the inspiration for the Leaky Cauldron pub, which is utilized by wizards and witches to get to Diagon Alley within the Harry Potter books.
A flower store in Borough Market seems as the doorway to the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban movie, for the scene the place Harry arrives on the Knight Bus. Borough Market is London’s oldest meals market, and has been right here for round 1,000 years. At present it’s a improbable place for avenue meals, and is residence to some nice eateries.
For those who cross St. Martin’s Lane from Cecil Courtroom and look rigorously to the left, you’ll discover the very slender entrance to Goodwin’s Courtroom, stated to be the inspiration for Knockturn Alley. Within the Harry Potter tales, Knockturn Alley is the place wizards and witches go for issues referring to the Darkish Arts.
Charing Cross Highway
In Harry Potter’s world, the Leaky Cauldron pub is on Charing Cross Highway, which is an actual highway in London. There are literally a number of pubs on this highway, which is thought for its second-hand bookshops and and antiquarian outlets.
King’s Cross Station
King’s Cross Station is the place Harry and the opposite Hogwarts college students catch the Hogwarts Specific practice to highschool at the beginning of every 12 months, from Platform 9¾. This platform is inaccessible to non-wizards and witches, however should you go to the station you’ll discover a useful signal on the wall displaying the place it’s – there’s additionally a baggage trolley embedded within the wall the place you’ll be able to pose for pictures (although there’s often a queue to do that). Subsequent to the embedded trolley there’s a Harry Potter store, in case you’d like a memento.
St Pancras Station
Within the movies, the marvellous Neo-Gothic exterior of St Pancras Station seems as King’s Cross Station. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and techniques, Harry and Ron park the Weasleys’ Ford Anglia within the nook of the courtyard and later they fly off over the station within the automotive. The station is the London departure level for trains to the Channel Tunnel and is residence to a variety of upmarket outlets and locations to eat and drink. You may truly keep in a single day on the station on the beautiful five-star St. Pancras Renaisssance Lodge. Among the rooms even have views throughout the station platforms.
The outside of the South African Excessive Fee on Trafalgar Sq. was used as the premise for the set of Gringotts, the wizarding financial institution, within the Harry Potter movies. Australia Home on the Strand was used for filming the inside of Gringotts, in Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone. Australia Home is Australia’s diplomatic mission within the UK and so the inside isn’t often open to the general public – however you’ll be able to have a look at the constructing from the surface and attempt to peep in by way of the doorways.
Westminster tube station
Westminster tube station is utilized by Harry and Arthur Weasley in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They journey by underground practice to a disciplinary listening to on the Ministry of Magic. The station was closed for a day whereas filming was happening. You may go to the station without cost, however it’s essential to purchase a ticket should you’d wish to journey on a tube practice.
Ministry of Magic
Within the Harry Potter tales, the Ministry of Magic is the federal government of witches and wizards in Britain and it’s positioned below Whitehall. Whitehall is the guts of the UK authorities and is residence to key departments. You may stroll alongside Whitehall and have a look at authorities buildings from the surface. The outside of the Ministry of Defence seems within the movie of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows when Harry, Ron and Hermione go into the Ministry of Magic in disguise, by way of the general public bathrooms on the street exterior (there aren’t truly any public bathrooms there – these have been constructed as props for the movie). The Royal Horseguards Lodge, which is reverse the MoD, seems in the identical scene.
Nice Scotland Yard
Nice Scotland Yard in Westminster is the place Harry and Arthur Weasley enter the Ministry of Magic within the movie of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. You gained’t see the purple telephone field which was used as the doorway to the Ministry within the movie, because it was a prop created for the scene.
23-29 Claremont Sq. was used as a filming location for the outside of 12 Grimmauld Place, Sirius Black’s household residence and the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. Craven Avenue, close to to Charing Cross Station, is claimed to be the place the place the unique thought for Grimmauld Place got here to J. Okay. Rowling.
Reptile Home at London Zoo
In Harry Potter and the Thinker’s Stone, Harry discovers that he’s a parseltongue (muggle translation – he can discuss to snakes) when he finds himself talking with a burmese python in London Zoo’s Reptile Home. In 2001 this scene was filmed on location at London Zoo, and right this moment you’ll be able to go to the Reptile Home and see it for your self. You may learn my full evaluation of London Zoo right here – A household journey to London Zoo.
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry flies alongside the River Thames and over Tower Bridge on his broomstick. You may discover the bridge by visiting the wonderful interactive Tower Bridge Exhibition, which gives views from the higher walkway, together with by way of its sections of glass flooring.
In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Millennium Bridge is destroyed by Demise Eaters. The bridge, often known as the Wobbly Bridge, is a footbridge throughout the River Thames, linking Bankside with the Metropolis. For those who cross the bridge from south to north you’ll see a perfectly-framed view of St. Paul’s Cathedral as you stroll.
Lambeth Bridge is the place the fabulous triple-decker purple Knight Bus squeezes between two oncoming double-decker buses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The bridge has been utilized in many different movies too, together with the James Bond movie Spectre, the place a ship and a helicopter race below and over it. The bridge is open to highway site visitors and pedestrians.
Harry, Ron and Hermione apparate at Piccadilly Circus once they flee from Invoice and Fleur’s wedding ceremony in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Half 1. Within the guide, they escape to Tottenham Courtroom Highway, however Piccadilly Circus was used for the movie model. Piccadilly Circus is one in all London’s busiest squares.
Home of MinaLima
Home of MinaLima in Soho is residence to graphic designs created by designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima for the Harry Potter movies. The partitions of the four-storey home are coated in prints and graphics, that are all on the market, and there are additionally some genuine movie props on show.
Harry Potter Excursions
For those who’d like a guided strolling tour of among the high Harry Potter websites in London, there are fairly a number of to select from. I’ve tried two excursions: Strawberry Excursions Free Harry Potter Tour and Muggle Excursions. Each excursions have been superb and I’d suggest them. The Strawberry Excursions Free Harry Potter Tour begins from Leicester Sq., lasts for 2 hours and focuses on the world round Trafalgar Sq. and Whitehall. Our information was a historical past graduate and was very educated and passionate about all issues Harry Potter. This tour is free, however on the finish of the tour you might be invited to pay no matter you’d wish to pay for it. Muggle Excursions begin simply across the nook from London Bridge, and the tour guides share background particulars concerning the Harry Potter books and movies, and in addition contact on London’s historical past, performing a number of magic methods alongside the best way. The excursions final round two and a half hours and price £16 for grownup muggles and £14 for little one muggles.
Warner Bros Studio Tour
The studios the place the Harry Potter movies have been created are at Leavesden, simply exterior London. The fascinating and immersive studio tour encompasses iconic movie units, such because the Nice Corridor, Diagon Alley and Privet Drive, the Hogwarts Specific, the Forbidden Forest, animatronic creatures and a large number of superbly crafted props and costumes. You may have your photograph taken driving a broomstick or sitting in Mr Weasley’s flying automotive, drink some butterbeer and sit on Hagrid’s motorcycle. You undoubtedly must guide prematurely right here, because the studios are vastly well-liked. You may learn my full evaluation of the studio tour right here – Warner Bros Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Youngster
I actually loved seeing the Harry Potter and the Cursed Youngster performs on stage in London. My daughter managed to guide low cost tickets for us, and has written a put up about how she did it – test it out:
Easy methods to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Youngster in London
The place to remain
For those who’re searching for some magical lodging in central London, the Georgian Home Lodge has some wizarding themed rooms that are very fashionable with Harry Potter followers.
For those who’re visiting Platform 9 3/4 then the five-star St. Pancras Renaisssance Lodge is close by, and its exterior was used as Kings Cross Station within the movies.
The outside of the Royal Horseguards Lodge, which is reverse the MoD, seems within the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows movie.
St. James’ Courtroom Lodge gives a bespoke Harry Potter Expertise for visitors.
Over to you
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