Harry Potter in London: Do It Yourself Walk

BY: Alfie Laurence

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London is full of places that recreate the thrill and fantasy of scenes in the Harry Potter movies. Do you want to discover them? Read on!

If you are a fan of the Harry Potter series then you can really make the most of your time in London by spending a number of days wandering the streets and you will come across some of the most famous locations from the films. Undoubtedly the best tour is to visit the Harry Potter Studios but today we’re sticking to our student budget and it’s time for some DIY for this Harry Potter in London: Do It Yourself Walk.

Kings Cross Station for Platform 9 3/4

One, if not the, most famous spot from the Harry Potter films is Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross station that gave access to the platform for taking the Hogwarts Express on route to the college famous for magic and sorcery.

You will find Platform 9 3/4 just to the side of the entrances to platform 9 & 11 at Kings Cross station. There you can take a photo with the trolley that was used in the film. Be warned that there is always a queue to take a photo so be prepared to wait. The great thing is that there is also a Harry Potter souvenirs shop of every type. I recommend taking a look at the shop as there is everything you could think of from the movies + more.

Location: Euston Road, London N1 9AL

How to get there: Tube – Circle, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria

Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market is the location Diagon Alley. The Victorian architecture of the market perfectly captures the famous Diagon Alley in the first film, dedicated to the sale of magical goods. Here a young Harry has his first contact with the world of sorcery.

Location: Gracechurch St, London EC3V 1LT

How to get there: Tube to Monument station – Circle and District line

Also…

Leadenhall Market is home to the Leaky Cauldron pub from Harry Potter and the Philisopher’s Stone. Also, if you head to Borough Market, underneath the railway, this was the site of the Leaky Cauldron in the third film, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Location: 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

How to get there: Tube to London Bridge Underground station – Jubilee and Northern line

Australia House – Australian Embassy

The stunning interior of the Australian embassy in London served as the famous and impenetrable bank of the magic world administered by goblins in Harry Potter and the Philosophers. Unfortunately as it is an embassy, visitors cannot walk around the premises but at least you can stop and take a photo of the outside.

Location: Strand, London, WC2B 4LA

How to get there: Tube to Temple Station – Circle and District line

The Millennium Bridge

You may remember from Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince that there is an incredible scene where the Death Eaters appearing out of a skull shaped storm above Tower Bridge. The death eaters then fly over Central London over Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross Road, Nelson’s Column. The Millennium Bridge then gets destroyed and disappears into the River Thames.

Location: Thames Embankment

How to get there: Tube to Blackfriars – Circle and District line

Claremont Square

Not far from Kings Cross Station is Sirius Black’s home. It is a quaint, residential street in Islington – worth a look!

Let us know how you get on and if there are other locations you want to add to your Harry Potter DIY tour. There are loads more, we’ve just chosen a few.

Location: 25 Claremont Square

How to get there: Tube to Angel station – Northern line

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