Step into the pages of Harry Potter and follow the wizards from Platform 9 ¾ to the Leaky Cauldron. Our guide is the next best thing to a license from the Department of Magical Transportation, and there’s no danger of splinching.
King’s Cross Station
Yes, there’s a Hogwarts Express departing from Platform 9 ¾ at King’s Cross station. Okay, so it’s a bus…but its destinations are some of the most magical places from the movies. Plus, there’s a selfie opportunity to push a baggage trolley right through a wall in the station.
Next door to King’s Cross station is London’s favorite destination station, St Pancras International. Outside you’ll see the neo–Gothic facade of St Pancras, where the Weasley’s magical Ford Anglia takes off in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Remember when Harry, Hermione and Ron rush through London’s West End? That scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 was filmed here – and yes, the traffic really is that crazy.
Reptile House at the London Zoo
This is where Harry first discovers his gift for talking with snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Home to more than 650 different species, this is one of the world’s great zoos, and you’ll have the chance to commune with plenty of non slithering creatures, too.
Harry Potter and the Half–Blood Prince opens with a dramatic sequence of the London Millennium Footbridge collapsing. The pedestrian–only steel suspension bridge crossing the River Thames is still there and offers dramatic views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Charing Cross Road
The Leaky Cauldron pub and inn for wizards, which serves as a gateway between the non wizarding world and Diagon Alley, is located, in the Harry Potter universe, on Charing Cross Road in London’s West End, renowned in our universe for its specialist and second–hand bookstores and antiquarian shops.
Used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Leadenhall Market is also the site of the film’s Leaky Cauldron pub. Spoiler alert: the entrance to this mythical wizard’s pub is an optician’s storefront in real life. Leadenhall itself is a Victorian covered market with an ornate painted ceiling – and is well worth a visit.
Scenes showing the Gringotts Wizarding Bank in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone were filmed in Australia House. A grand landmark on the Strand, Australia House was officially opened by King George V in 1918.
Westminster Tube Station
This is one of the main locations Harry Potter uses when travelling, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Westminster is also one of the most historic areas in London and is close to endless attractions, including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street and the London Eye.
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