A Harry Potter fan in London
The famous Harry Potter movies are filmed all around the United Kingdom. Personally, I am a real Harry Potter fan and that is why I wanted to see certain film locations in London. Make sure to include some Harry Potter locations in your London itinerary. I think it’s really worth it! Here are some of the Harry Potter locations that I visited in London:
1. King’s Cross Station
This is one of the places I visited during my time in London last year. From the city centre, you can easily walk to the station, although it takes about 30/45 minutes. I do not mind to walk for a bit as you come across a lot on the way too, but if you want to get there faster, you can go by metro. King’s Cross station is the station where the Hogwarts students board the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9 ¾. At the station, you can find a place with half a luggage cart disappearing into the wall. You can go on the photo with it and pretend like you are a Hogwarts student yourself. Next to this place, you can find a little shop where you can find lots of merchandise from the movies. Nice to walk around!
2. Diagon Alley
The exterior of Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron are filmed at the Leadenhall Market. The market shows up in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It is London’s most beautiful Victorian market. You can find the market very close to the London Bridge and when you go by metro, you need to go to Bank Station.
3. Claremont Square
You could see these row of houses in the movie Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. They appear as the exterior of Grimmauld Place in the movie. You can find the square close to the Underground station Angel Station.
4. Millennium Bridge
You could see this bridge in the movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. At the beginning of the film, you can view the bridge as it is getting destroyed by Death Eaters. You can find the bridge between the Blackfriars Bridge and the Southwark Bridge, in one line with the St. Paul’s Cathedral.
5. Gringotts Bank
You could see this building in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Australia House in London was used as the Gringotts Bank. This only means the interior shots of Gringotts. Unfortunately, the Australia House is not open to public, but you can watch the building from the outside. You can find the building close to Covent Garden and Holborn Station is the metro station most close to the place.
6. Reptile House, London Zoo
You could see the reptile house in the movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. In the first part of the movie, Harry and his uncle, aunt an cousin are going to the zoo. Here you can see that Harry can talk to snakes. The zoo is used for interior and exterior shots. You can find London Zoo close to Camden Town and Regent’s Park. You can watch the zoo from the outside, but when you would like to go into the zoo, you have to pay entrance fee of course.
Tour around the famous spots
In the first place, I was orientating for something like a Harry Potter Tour London along the film locations. I read on several websites and blogs that there were special tours organised for the Harry Potter film locations. Unfortunately, at the moment I wanted to book the tour, it was already fully booked. I only stayed one day in London, so there was no possibility to see the locations by tour anymore.
Marvel through the Harry Potter Park
When you are planning to go for a longer time to London, you should definitely consider to pay a visit to the Harry Potter Park nearby the city. Here you can find all film attributes and sets that has been used during the shooting of the films. The park is called Warner Bros, Studios Leavesden and you can take a look on the website by clicking here. An individual ticket for an adult costs around £49.95 (€ 60,-).
When you go through the internet, you will find a few more places which are in relation with the Harry Potter movies. However, I think the ones mentioned in this article were the most important and big ones. Are you a Harry Potter fan as well and have you already been to one of these places? Let me know in the comment section!
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This is so cool. I once done a Harry Potter tour in Edinburgh and it was amazing! Must visit the Leaky Cauldron.
The Thought Card
I didn’t know that there were so many film site for HP in London. The Millennial Bridge has one of my favorite view of the city. I also real need to try to get to King’s Cross next time I’m in London.
Yeah, King’s Cross is definitely worth a visit! In combination with the little Harry Potter shop, so many nice things there :-).
Live Learn Venture
This is amazing! I LOVE Harry Potter. I also enjoy visiting movie sets — the last one we visited was Hobbiton, which was pretty awesome. I’m adding this to my list!! 🙂
Thank you! That’s nice to hear :-). I would love to visit Hobbiton one time as well!
I am a big Harry Potter fan and this is one of the big reasons I want to head back to the London. Thanks for the tips especially about Britmovietours. Will try to book them ahead of time so we don’t run into the same issue as you did.
That’s so nice! You can also find some film locations in Scotland :-).
Its A Travelful Life (@atravelfullife)
I only ever read the first three Harry Potter books and have seen bits and pieces of the films. It has definitely captured people’s attention and love. I give guided tours of the film locations from The Quiet Man so I understand how excited one can be when they see the locations where their favourite film was shot 🙂
Laura @ Grassroots Nomad
Great tips! I love doing themed tours of cities – it is such a great way to see a city from a different perspective. I had no idea about Leadenhall Market, I would love to visit there!!! 🙂
Thank you! You’re absolutely right about that. In that way, you also explore new places in the city where you normally wouldn’t come.