For all the Potter fans out there, London is a great city to visit due to how much it plays a part in both the books and the films based on them. With a huge amount of the story occurring within the city and the area around it, there are plenty of sites in both central and outer London where fans can revisit their favourite moments whilst also learning something about London’s history. With the areas listed below, guests at hotels such as the Park Grand London Hyde Park will be killing two birds with one stone, due to the Harry Potter references and the huge amount of entertainment they give each and of themselves.
Kings Cross Station
The busy London station is also home to the fictitious Platform nine and three quarters, from where Harry begins his train journey to Hogwarts school for Witchcraft and Wizardry every year. Due to the iconic nature of this station before and after its introduction into the Harry Potter World, there is now a memorial between platform nine and ten, where a trolley can be seen half engulfed in the wall. There are also shops in the station where you can buy Harry Potter memorabilia, whilst you can take the perfect Harry Potter selfie posing next to the wall absorbed trolley.
In the first Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, Harry meets a snake and speaks to it in London Zoo. This Boa Constrictor is based in the Reptile House in London Zoo and now has its own exhibit. What’s more, once you’ve got your fill of Potter, take a look at the other exhibits on display, including tiger cubs, elephants and monkeys.
Leadenhall Market is one of the historic markets of London and is also the market used to film the scenes of the Harry Potter films in Diagon Alley. Dating back to the 14th century, it’s no wonder why the Harry Potter film makers used the covered market to film, it’s amazing décor lending itself perfectly to the magical world. On top of this you can find a range of amazing shops and independent jewellers and antique sellers in the market who will definitely give you some great ideas for souvenirs to bring home with you. Again Leadenhall Market kills two birds with one stone, Harry potter trivia being outshone by the amount of souvenirs you can buy.
Harry Potter World
Based in Warner Brother’s studio in Leavesden, the Harry Potter Tour gives guests an in depth look into the film sets of Harry Potter. Have a look around Privet Drive and even Dumbledore’s office as well as a whole range of amazing authentic props and information on how the films were made. Adults and children alike will be amazed by the amount of Harry Potter set pieces and props on display, whilst also learning about the making of the films and the technology used to make them. Take a trip to outer London to check out this all-encompassing Harry Potter experience.