London Day – Harry Potter Version


* Disclaimer, you need a second day in London to see the WB Studio Tour as it really is an all day thing. The studio is on the outskirts of London, you can take the underground out to Euston but then switch to the overground to get to Watford Junction (about 40 minutes from central London), then hop off and catch the shuttle bus (every 20 minutes, takes 15 minutes.) Make a day for that if you’ve got any hardcore fans with you! They do have family tickets, which can save you a bit. The shop at the end of the tour is HUGE, and if you arrive early you can go in there to browse. You are given a set “tour” time that’s not flexible, but once you get past that initial bit then you are free to explore the rest, which is self guided, until they close.

* If you are able to do a last minute trip to London, or book a billion years in advance, you can take a third day and get tickets to The Cursed Child! It’s in two parts, an afternoon matinee then you return for an evening showing for the second half. I hear it’s amazing, but NOT for little ones as it gets intense with some flying dementors.

* Millenium Bridge is fun to walk across if you don’t have little ones panicking about it being attacked by dementors like in the movie. Look both directions along the Thames and you can see where they flew on their broomsticks up the river.

* Leadenhall Market is Diagon Alley, and has a fun shop kids (or adults) will love called Flying Tiger that you must stop in for a fun souvenir.

* Platform 9 3/4 inside Kings Cross station has a trolley going through the wall and you can pose (for free) for a photo, including props and they’ll toss your scarf up into the air or give you posing ideas. There is a photographer there but you’re also welcome to take your own pictures. Then you can step inside the shop (it gets crowded, don’t try taking large luggage or strollers inside) to see souvenirs we’ve not seen anywhere else! You can purchase your photo there along with a Hogwarts letter, should you so desire – it’s completely no pressure, you don’t even have to set foot in the shop.

* Literally across the street is St. Pancras which they used as the outside of Kings Cross even though it’s a different train station entirely. It is prettier.

* There are other spots from the film like Tower Bridge, Westminster Underground Station, Scotland Place, or Picadilly Circus that are just quickly shown in the film and you may as well go by as they are fun for your standard London tourist photos. Well, I would do Westminster for the Big Ben shot and Tower Bridge, but Picadilly Circus is really not exciting so you can skip that. Other spots that we’ve not bothered to go by that are in the films – Lambeth Bridge, Borough Market, Australia House, Claremont Square, or the Reptile House in the London Zoo.

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