Hey friends! If you’ve been following this blog for awhile, you know how big of a Harry Potter nerd I am. I mean, it’s pretty obvious if you visit my Instagram account or read posts such as this or this. When I visited London earlier this year, I took full advantage of all of the Harry Potter sites you can find there, and I decided it was time to share with some of the Harry Potter locations in London that you can add to your London itinerary! This is a combination of places that I have visited and places that I have yet to visit (as I only had a short amount of time in London) but thought I would include them anyway, so I hope you enjoy!
Harry Potter Locations In London
Warner Bros. Studio Tour London
Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden WD25 7LR, England
This is the number one thing I recommend doing whilst in London if you’re a Harry Potter fan. I’ve already written an extremely detailed post all about the studio tour if you’re interested in reading more about it. This is as about as close to actually being in Harry Potter as you can get. Make sure you bring some extra Galleons and explore the gift store. I picked up the Marauders Map and the talking shrunken head from Prisoner of Azkaban and could’ve easily spent a lot more money…
Expect to spend 2 to 3 hours here.
Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross & The Harry Potter Shop
King's Cross, Kings Cross Tandoori, 341 Grays Inn Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9AP, UK
This is one of the most iconic locations in London for Harry Potter fans. The best part, it’s completely free to get your photograph taken! You’ll have to pay for the official photo inside the shop but you can get around that fee by having someone else take the photo of you at the same time as the professional photographer. Speaking of the shop, it’s worth checking out! I picked up a Ravenclaw scarf (that I wear daily as it’s now freezing here in South Dakota), a keychain, and some postcards. Just be forewarned, it can get very crowded in there even though they attempt to do some crowd control.
Expect to spend 1 hour to 1 hour and 30 minutes here.Attention Muggles - here's all of the Harry Potter locations you can find in London!Click To Tweet
Reptile House at London Zoo
London NW1 4RY, UK
Take a leaf from Harry Potter and visit the Reptile House at the London Zoo and find out if you speak Parseltongue. Tickets are about $26 US dollars for, and obviously, that includes more than just the Reptile House. After a quick trip there and some disappearing glass, you should expect your Hogwarts acceptance letter by owl post shortly after. Although, I’ve been waiting for over 12 years for mine now…
Expect to spend 2 to 3 hours here.
Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT, UK
The scenes of Diagon Alley in the Sorcerer’s Stone were filmed in Leadenhall Market, which is a covered Victorian market located in the City of London. You’ll recognize the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron as an optician in Bulls Head Passage. Leadenhall is worth visiting regardless of the Harry Potter connection, as it’s extremely ornate and beautiful and contains many different shops.
Expect to spend 1 to 2 hours here.
Thames Embankment, London SE1 9JE, UK
You’ll recognize the Millennium Bride from the dramatic opening sequence of the Half-Blood Prince. It’s a pedestrian-only steel suspension bridge that crosses the River Thames and links Bankside with the City and offers dramatic views of St Paul’s Cathedral as you walk from the south side to the north. Nearby, you can visit Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the Tate Modern.
What are some other locations that you’d add to this? I hope you enjoyed!