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Harry Potter Attractions in London You Won’t Want To Miss

London is the best place to visit if you are a Harry Potter fan. As the bearer of many shooting locations and themed experiences, the city has proved time and again to be a worthy substitute for the Wizarding World.

This guide is for the genuine filming spots of the Harry Potter movies and of several cool wizarding themed attractions inspired by the books, that you might want to visit along the way.

Throughout the release of the 7 books and 8 movie installments, fans from all over the world have come to the city to experience the ultimate Harry Potter experiences.

The majority of the film shoots were held in Europe and a large portion of them were in London. With major landmarks from the city being the backdrops for famous shots and even making appearances in scenes that showcased catastrophic destruction, true Potterheads will be able to recognize many famous buildings and locations throughout the iconic city.

And for those that are bummed out because they never received their acceptance letter from Hogwarts, the streets of London will deliver enough to lift your spirits! 

We stayed at the Georgian House Hotel in London which has two themed wizarding rooms!

To really enhance your trip, look for some Harry Potter themed wizarding accommodation to stay in too!

From themed shops and Easter Eggs to shooting locations and movie-inspired experiences, here’s a guide on how to unlock “Harry Potter, London” (without having to use Alohomora). Keep reading for a curated list of Harry Potter Attractions in London!

Map of Harry Potter Attractions in London You Won’t Want To Miss
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Itinerary Ideas

If you have two days in London, on Day One, you could cover Kings Cross, The Harry Potter Walking tour which includes (Millennium Bridge and Leadenhall Market) and The Wand and Wizards Afternoon Tea followed by the House of MinaLina in one day. If you have some energy, you could sneak in a later Wizard Escape Game.

Day Two would free you up for either a trip to thr Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros which is a full day event OR catching both parts of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Three days would be perfect to cover everything and have time to breathe! If I had to choose one thing to do, it would 100% be the Warner Bros tour – it was absolutely magical in every way!

Harry Potter Attractions in London

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Platform 9¾ at Kings Cross London
Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross London

King’s Cross Station

When you’re done shopping for all your wizarding supplies, head down to King’s Cross Station and make your way to Platform 9¾ before the Hogwarts Express departs. When visiting the station, keep an eye out for a particular cheeky Easter Egg on the actual platforms in question that is a nod to Potterheads from everywhere.

If you haven’t caught on yet, you’ll find what you’re looking for on a wall, a sign that reads “Platform 9¾”!  To find it, if you are looking at the main train departure board, head left, past the small Waitrose supermarket, and it is just past there on the wall. You will likely see a small line.

To make things more fun for tourists, there’s even a trolley here that’s already halfway through the barrier! The wall with its prop is a popular spot among Harry Potter fans for pictures, so expect a long line when you visit.

Not everyone realises but it is actually free to take your own photo of the trolley at any time the shop is open. (The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9 ¾ shop removes the trolley at closing time.) Alternatively, you can also get in line for a professional photo with a Hogwarts prop scarf which is available from 9am – 9pm.

It’s all the same queue, so just mention you want to take your own photo.

Harry Potter gift shop at London Kings Cross Station
Harry Potter gift shop at London Kings Cross Station

Try to stop by early in the morning to avoid the rush and get the chance to check out the Harry Potter gift shop

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: 30 minutes for the potential queue and 15 mins for the shop
  • Opening Hours: Shop and trolley Monday to Saturday 8am-10pm and Sunday and Bank Holidays 9am- 8pm, photographer 09am- 9pm
  • Address: Kings Cross Station

London Zoo

The London Zoo is the oldest scientific zoo in the world and a must-visit for anyone in London. Rather convenient that it’s so popular too since one of the most iconic scenes of the franchise was shot here!

Set aside the time to visit the Reptile House to instantly be taken back to the scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, where Harry communicates with a boa constrictor for the first time, before accidentally setting it free.

Located in The Regent’s Park, the zoo is divided into 3 parts, with animals from all over the world.

There are lions, tigers, giant tortoises, and komodo dragons, gorillas, and even penguins.

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: Full day to explore all the attractions
  • Opening Hours & Ticket Prices: Opening hours are from 10:00. Prices are around £23 for children and £33 for adults with )-2 years old free.
  • Address: Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY
  • Nearest Tube: Camden Town

Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market

If you’re just beginning your quest for Potter-themed locations, why not start at the very beginning? Leadenhall Market is one of the oldest marketplaces in the country, which has led to it undergoing many renovations and redecorations.

Weekdays are the busiest days, particularly around lunchtime, with the weekends much quieter.

However, if you look closely enough, you’ll surely find one of the most famous shoot locations from the first movie: the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron!

The Leaky Cauldron held the entrance to Diagon Alley in the movie and you can still find the place at 42 Bull’s Head Passage.

Feel free to recreate the scene yourself; just avoid trying to get in, because, of course, it doesn’t work for Muggles!

Although the Diagon Alley scenes were shot elsewhere (mentioned below!), you can still experience the busyness of a London marketplace at Leadenhall Market. With amazing architecture and painted ceilings, you’ll feel the magic about you in an instant!

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: 5 minutes to take a photo.
  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Address: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT
  • Nearest Tube: Fenchurch, Monument and Bank

Millenium Bridge
Millenium Bridge

The Millenium Bridge (Pedestrian Only)

Standing majestic over the Thames, the Millenium Bridge is an iconic landmark on the South Bank. While the bridge is a popular attraction among Muggles, Potterheads will remember this as the footbridge the Death Eaters destroyed in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

The bridge is a fantastic viewpoint to take in the lovely views of the city and is also a fantastic spot to stop by if you want to take some breathtaking photos.  Walk from the Tate Modern in the South Bank to St Pauls cathedral. It only takes about 5 minutes to cross and is a useful way of seeing the London sights.

With plenty of places in the vicinity to wine and dine, you’ll be able to spend as long as you want on the river bank without getting bored. 

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: 5 minutes walk across.
  • Opening Hours: 24 hours
  • Address:
  • Nearest Tube: St Pauls Side: St Pauls and Cannon Street. South Bank side; Southwark and Blackfriars

engima wizarding escape room young wizarsd at desk

The School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – Escape Room

Get ready to rack your brain at this Harry Potter-inspired escape room by Enigma Quests. Get in teams of up to 5 people and put your magical skills to the test to find a way to escape from inside your room before time runs out. Ready? Well then, wands out!

Enigma Quests is located at 2-12 Wilson Street, Shoreditch, and is easily accessible by the Liverpool Street Station. Once you’re at the place, you will have the Questmaster debrief you about the escape room and also assist you in tackling it. It’s sure to impress you with its attention to detail, but be quick about it because you only have one hour to solve the puzzle! 

With fantastic sets, designs, and magical surprises around you, unlock your inner Snape as you tackle Potions, arm yourself for Defense Against the Dark Arts, and finish all your tasks to impress your Questmaster and receive an ‘O’ for Outstanding! For a smooth experience, visit the website to make your booking prior to your visit.

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: 60 mins for the game and about 15 mins for the pre-briefing
  • Opening Hours: 10am -8.30pm
  • Address: Enigma Quests, 2-12 Wilson Street, London, EC2M 7LS
  • Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street

Wizarding tea AI image

Wands and Wizards Exploratorium

Afternoon tea is quite the highlight in London, so why not have one that goes all-out to make your experience as magical as can be? Make your way to the Wands and Wizards Exploratorium for their Wizard Afternoon Tea, an interactive tea-brewing experience that is sure to delight both the little ones and the young at heart.

Brew your teas with interactive wands that you choose before you begin your session.

Use your wand to control tea stands, open chests, and transfigure your tea into a fantastical creation! Use Potions and find the right blend of ingredients to treat your palette.  See swirls of smoke, liquids magically changing colours and hidden compartments as you make your spells.

There are even interactive spells on the walls for you to practise your wizarding skills

Aside from afternoon tea, you will also have the choice to opt for a a Potions Making Experience (for those over 5). At the Potions Experience you will get to don your robes and savour a drink from a unicorn’s mouth!

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: 1hr 45min for the interactive experience tea.
  • Opening Hours: Slots start at 09.15am. Last booking times range from 1:30 pm to 4.30pm / Price; £47.00 per person, (age 11-): £34.99 per person
  • Address: 26 Greek St, London W1D 5DE
  • Nearest Tube:  Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines) and the Elizabeth Line

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Miss the on-screen magic of the Wizarding World? Get ready to go back to Hogwarts with the next generation of wizards and witches with Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The story continues with Harry’s son, Albus Severus Potter, attending his parents’ alma mater, Hogwarts, and unfolds with the events that follow in his life.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an award-winning two-part stageplay that was first performed at the Palace Theatre in London in 2016.

It’s still incredibly popular so I recommend booking at least 4 months in advance. You can opt for watching part one on one day and part two the next, or all in once day with a break in the middle.

The play runs year-round so make sure you witness the next chapter in the lives of the Potters in a tale of friendship, family bonding, and betrayal.

The play consists of four acts, in two parts, revisiting our favorite characters, including the mischievous trio who are adults in the Wizarding World, enemy-turned-ally Draco Malfoy, and more. 

It gets really warm in the theatre (as in all of them) so wear layers and bring water!

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: 2hr 45min for each part. There are TWO parts.
  • Opening Hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: Part One normally commences at 2pm and curtain down at 4.40pm, Part Two commences at 7pm and curtain down at 9.35pm
  • Address: 26 Greek St, London W1D 5DE
  • Nearest Tube:  Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines) and the Elizabeth Line

Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio Tour

The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour

You have probably heard of this tour, but in case it is all new to you, this is a must do for your list!

Many of the film series’ sequences had to be done in artificial sets to ensure the allure of magic and spells. Today, these sets have been converted into museum-like tourable premises that fans need to visit to have their minds “Reducto”-ed away!

Whilst the Studio is not technically IN London, it is very easy to reach with clear signs at Watford Junction when you arrive from the direct London Euston train (20 minute journey) (Note: There are two stations in Watford, but Watford Junction is the one you want.) Regular shuttle buses then run from Watford Junction to the Studio Tour.

We drove and parked which was also really easy to do, with plenty of parking spaces. There are also some Family Hotels and Accommodation Near The Warner Bros Studios if you prefer to stay closer.

Diagon Alley  at Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Diagon Alley

The Warner Brothers Studio is set in Leavesden, and following the end of shooting, has been opened up to the public through a tour that takes you through the charm of both elaborate props and the magic of visual effects.

We absolutely LOVED it here! Kids and adults alike.

Hogwarts Express at  Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Hogwarts Express at Harry Potter Studio Tour.

From a life-sized model of the Hogwarts Express, in all its grandeur; to a miniature model of Hogwarts; and even the set models of the Great Hall and the Gryffindor common room, the Warner Bros. Studio has plenty to keep you engaged and entranced for the day.

Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express at  Harry Potter Studio Tour.
Platform 9 3/4 Hogwarts Express at Harry Potter Studio Tour and one happy birthday girl

See Privet Drive, Harry’s room under the stairs, go to Hagrid’s and see how perspective makes a person look like a giant.

We all loved the props including this clever one to make Hagrid look bigger.

For the more daring, the studio also has Aragog, the giant animatronic spider! He’s one to send chills down your spine, but don’t worry if that’s too intimidating for the little ones, as there is an alternative path without the spiders descending.

At Gringott Bank you see the incredible special effects of the Dragon. So amazing to see and so realistic!

Chocolate Frogs at  Harry Potter Studio Tour.
We all had to try the golden chocolate frog. Consensus was too sweet – the green stuff inside was fun though!

You will also find sweet old Buckbeak, bowing down in greeting. Before you leave, make sure you stop by the gift shop to take home chocolate frogs and wands.

At Christmas time, the set is decorated so beautifully, just like the Yule Ball. The Great Hall is the first place to enter on the tour, and if you are lucky, you may get chosen to open the grand doors! This tour is one NOT to miss!

Other things not to miss out are if it’s your birthday, you receive a Harry Potter Wiazarding badge. You might just get chosen to open the Great Hall doors and begin the tour like my daughter!

All guests receive a booklet to get stamped as they visit each part of the set – which makes a great souvenir. The audio tour is well worth it too and do bring your cloaks if you have – makes for great photos!

House of MinaLima

The graphic design team of the Harry Potter franchise has now set up a gift shop and Harry Potter experience center in Soho. Sprawled out over two floors, the place displays paintings and maps all across its walls, as well as props and gizmos scattered throughout the building. Go downstairs and you can see some of original props from the Harry Potter films.

Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima have done an amazing job setting up this magical corner. You’ll find WANTED posters from the movies, wallpapers for your interior decor, insignias, postcards, prints from The Daily Prophet, and so much more.

Whilst there is plenty of items on sale, the art work is the real attraction and the enthusiasm of the staff make it memorable for all the right reasons. And to make things even better? Entry into this wonderful museum/gallery is free for all, making it a must-visit.

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: About 30- 45 minutes if you stop to look at all the exhibits. If not a fan, you may be done in 10 minutes!
  • Opening Hours: 11:00 – 18:45
  • Address: 57 Wardour St, London W1F 8WQ
  • Nearest Tube:  Covent Garden is the closest.
  • No toilet is on site.

Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour

One of the best ways to explore wizarding spots in and around London is to go on a guided walking tour. And if you’re looking for the best one, it’s none other than the Magical London: Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour. It ticks off several places on this list!

Embark on your journey either by boat or through the city’s underground passages. You will also get to partake in a couple of exciting activities apart from exploring classic locations around the city, such as choosing your house and putting your Wizarding World knowledge to the test. 

Sit back and relax as a guide takes you through famous filming spots such as Diagon Alley. No more worrying about exploring unknown places by yourself and managing things like schedules and timings. With a guide to take care of all the mundane tasks, all you have to worry about is having fun with your family! 

These are the stopping points:

1. Southwark Cathedral

2. Borough Market

3. The Golden Hinde

4. Winchester Palace

5. The Clink Prison Museum

6. Shakespeare’s Globe

7. Millennium Bridge

8. Daniel Radcliffe’s School

9. The London Eye

10. River Thames

11. Sherlock Holmes’ Pub

12. Great Scotland Yard

13. Gringotts Wizarding Bank

14. The world’s smallest police station

15. Trafalgar Square

16. Knockturn Alley

17. Diagon Alley

Check out this link for ticket details and bookings.

Additional Information:

  • Estimated Time Needed: 2.5 hours
  • Opening Hours:
  • Meeting Point Address: Southwark View Point,
  • Finish at: Palace Theatre London Ltd, 109-113 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 5AY,
  • Nearest Tube to Meeting Point :  London Bridge

Other Fun Harry Potter Experiences in the UK

FAQ

Where was Harry Potter shot? 

The Harry Potter films were shot in different locations across Europe, including Scotland and many villages and outbacks in England. Many iconic scenes and sequences were shot in London, some in famous landmarks, such as the Millennium Bridge and Piccadilly Circus.

Is Diagon Alley real? 

Although many streets in England look very similar to Diagon Alley from the movies, most of the scenes were shot on a movie set, with a couple of scenes shot around Leadenhall Market and Charing Cross Road. This includes the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron and a few other places in Diagon Alley. 

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

Platform 9¾ is the legendary boarding point for the Hogwarts Express. As a nod to fans of the Wizarding World, King’s Cross Station has labeled a wall near Platform 9 as “Platform 9¾”.next to the Wizarding shop. Full details above.

Is Hogwarts Express Real?

The Hogwarts Express was orginally GWR 4900 5972 Olton Hall, built in 1937 by Great Western Railways in Swindon more recently carefully restored to its original condition by West Coast Railways.

The Hogwarts Express as it is more commonly known, is on show and available for all to see at Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. Visit Warner Brothers Studio’s Making of Harry Potter Tour to see movie props, costumes, and settings, such as the Gryffindor common room and Hogwarts Express, maintained just as seen in the movies.

Ride the replica steam train, The Jacobite in Scotland and follow part of the journey to Hogwarts! Note some bookings are being cancelled due to legal issues.

Are walking tours available?

Walking tours are available to take you around the city while you kick back and relax. Forget about worrying about schedules and timings and let your tour guide take you and your family around for a fun time. Check out this link for ticket details and bookings of one of London’s most popular Harry Potter tours, Magical London.

Of course, there are plenty more places around the UK to explore Harry Potter attractions, including York and Edinburgh, Scotland – so do make sure you explore them all!

Family Travel Planning Resources We Use

Flights: We always use Skyscanner as it is user friendly, allows you to check deals for everywhere if not sure where to go, and seems to find the cheapest flight deals in most cases.

Tours and Activities:  GetYourGuide  has a wide range of family friendly activities around the world.

AccommodationBooking.com is who we use when researching for places to stay (we like their flexible cancellation policies. We do also check directly with larger hotels brands too.

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