From the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play, to platform 9¾ at Kings Cross and other wizarding sites, this guide lets you follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter in London, while staying in anyone of our London hotels.
King’s Cross and St Pancras International Station
In the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Hogwarts Express departs from platform 9¾, which people can find between platforms four and five in King’s Cross Station. With a suitcase-packed trolley positioned in this very spot, visitors can recreate the scene of Harry Potter passing through the wall. For a souvenir, stop by the Harry Potter shop that’s been designed to look like Ollivander’s wand shop. Sitting alongside King’s Cross, St Pancras International was the train station shown in the movie.
In the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter flies along the Thames on his broomstick and over the city’s iconic Tower Bridge, while Lambeth Bridge became the setting for the scene in which the movie’s Knight Bus squeezes between two double-decker buses. Millennium Bridge is then where the dramatic opening sequence of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was set, in which the footbridge collapses.
As well as being at the heart of London’s theatre district, Piccadilly Circus is another location in which Harry Potter fans can recreate scenes from the movies. This area of central London was used to film the scene in Deathly Hallows Part I, in which Harry, Ron and Hermione run away from the Death Eaters who are out to find them.
Westminster Underground Station
Used as one of the locations for Harry Potter’s travels in The Order of the Phoenix, Westminster Underground Station was closed for the filming of the scene in which Harry Potter and Arthur Weasley attend a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic.
The ornate covered Victorian Leadenhall Market was featured in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as Diagon Alley. While Many of the alley’s scenes were filmed in the studio, the opticians here was used as the entrance for the wizard’s pub, the Leaky Cauldron.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Apart from the on-location scenes, each Harry Potter movie was shot within these studios. Here, visitors can gain insight into the making of the Harry Potter movies, with behind the scenes tours of impressive sets such as The Great Hall and Diagon Alley, while also finding out about the special effects used.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Now playing at the Palace Theatre, this new play is the first official stage adaptation of Harry Potter, telling the story of Harry Potter’s life as an adult working at the Ministry of Magic, with children of his own. In this play, audiences see his past and present begin to fuse.
Back in the comfort of our London hotels, round the day off with a traditional Afternoon Tea.
Image credits: Cover photo of Hogwarts at Warner Bros Studios © iStock / chris148. Platform nine and three quarters © iStock / Avery Photography. Diagon Alley at Warner Bros Studios © Flickr / Dave Catchpole. Hogwarts Great Hall © iStock / chris148. Harry Potter Books © Flickr / Halle Stoutzenberger.