15 attractions and things to do in London for Harry Potter fans

Enter the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry and follow in Harry, Ron and Hermione's footsteps around the muggle world of London.
Written by Visit London Editors Edited by Carole Rocton 23 April 2024
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A  lady holding onto the trolley of luggage at Platform 9¾, wearing a Harry Potter scarf, under the sign "Hogwarts Express"
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Discover exciting Harry Potter London locations from the world-famous series of books and films, plus top London attractions seen in the Harry Potter movies. Grab your Nimbus 2000 and follow Harry and his loyal friends on a magical tour.

Harry Potter activities in London

1. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London

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Have a magical day out with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London The Making of Harry Potter. See sets, costumes and props used in the Harry Potter films, and step inside film locations, from the Great Hall, Dumbledore's office and Diagon Alley to the Forbidden Forest. Don't miss seasonal themes, including the Dark Arts at Halloween and Magical Mischief in spring.

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2. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre. Credit: Manuel Harlan. Image courtesy of Premier PR.
Get your hands on tickets for the award-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part One and Part Two shows at the Palace Theatre in London. This spellbinding story is set 19 years after the final novel, following the adventures of Harry and his friends as adults.  
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3. Return to Azkaban at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter

Marvel at the Great Hall. TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR.

Explore the wizarding world at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter for the Return to Azkaban takeover, new for 2024. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban with the addition of brand-new film sets, props and costumes.

Harry Potter experiences in London

4. The Cauldron

Immersive potion making cocktail class at the Cauldron. Image courtesy of Buyagift.
Delve into a world of witchcraft and wizardry as you mix your own potions during an immersive cocktail experience at The Cauldron. Step into an enchanted forest and sip on a welcome drink of Poetic Mead before using your newfound powers to craft two molecular cocktails at this quirky Dalston bar.
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5. Afternoon Tea at Wands and Wizard Exploratorium

Savour a magical afternoon tea at Wands & Wizard Exploratorium. Image courtesy of Buyagift.
Join a world where magical spells and potions are the norm as you delight in the spellbinding Wands & Wizard Exploratorium afternoon tea. Upon arrival, find your wand (it is the wand that chooses its wizard, not the other way round), learn to cast spells and experiment with the art of magical tea brewing, while you savour a selection of delicious scones, freshly made sandwiches and extraordinary desserts.

6. The Wizard Experiences at the Georgian House Hotel *

One of the Wizard Chamber rooms at Georgian House Hotel. Image courtesy of Georgian House Hotel.

Stay in the Wizard Chamber at the Georgian House Hotel for a spellbinding experience. Wander a candlelit passageway to the chamber rooms, which are concealed behind a bookcase door. Rooms feature faux castle details such as stained-glass windows and four-poster beds, while cauldrons and tapestries complete the scene. At weekends, enjoy a magical afternoon tea or concoct bubbling cocktails.

Harry Potter places to visit in London

7. Reptile House at London Zoo

Find out whether you have Harry Potter's gift of Parseltongue (being able to talk to serpents) at London Zoo. The Reptile House is home to some of the world's biggest snakes, as well as lizards and crocodiles. It's here that a python speaks to Harry for the first time and also where Harry uses his magical powers to trap his cousin Dudley behind the safety glass. Follow the sign to see where it was filmed.
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8. Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Graphic Art at House of MinaLima Free

Step inside the visual world of JK Rowling’s wizardry stories at House of MinaLimaMiraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the designers behind the movie artworks of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, showcase their magical designs in this free exhibition. Find four levels of prints and graphics and take a closer look at Harry Potter museum items including authentic movie props.

Harry Potter tourist attractions in London

9. The Harry Potter Shop at Platform 9¾

The Hogwarts Express departs from King's Cross station. Visit platforms four and five, which were used for filming, and take a photo pushing a trolley through to a magical world at the wall marked Platform 9¾. Don't forget to visit the Harry Potter Shop, built to resemble Ollivander's wand shop.

10. Harry Potter sculpture at Scenes in the Square Free

Spot the wizard himself at the Scenes in the Square sculpture trail on Leicester Square. ©Joe Pepler/PinPep.

See broom to broom with Harry Potter as the wizard glides through the air on his Nimbus 2000 broomstick. Replicating the momentous scene from Potter's first Quidditch tournament, the bronze sculpture can be found at Scenes in the Square in Leicester Square, a trail of famous British movie characters from past 100 years of film.

Harry Potter locations in London

11. Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge at night. Image courtesy of iStock Images.

In The Order of the Phoenix, Harry flies along the Thames and over Tower Bridge on his broomstick. Millennium Bridge is another of the Harry Potter filming locations. The famous bridge is destroyed by Death Eaters, while Lambeth Bridge is where the Knight Bus squeezes between two double deckers. 

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12. St Pancras International Station

Neogothic architecture of St Pancras International Station. Image courtesy of Pixabay.
The neogothic exterior of St Pancras International station featured as the train station where Harry boards the Hogwarts Express. The producers thought the station photogenic for the franchise. Harry and Ron park the Weasleys' Ford Anglia in the corner of the courtyard during The Chamber of Secrets and later fly off over the station towards Hogwarts after missing their train.

13. Leadenhall Market

Browse the stalls at historic Leadenhall Market. Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Explore Leadenhall Marketa covered Victorian market in the City of London. Home to a selection of stalls and shops, it features in several Harry Potter films, including as Harry Potter's Diagon Alley. Sharp-eyed fans will also recognise the blue door of the opticians in Bull's Head Passage as the entrance to The Leaky Cauldron.

14. Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus and the statue of Eros. ©Jon Reid/Visit London.
Walk in the footsteps of the three main characters at Piccadilly Circus. At this iconic location, Harry, Ron and Hermione flee the wedding of Ron's older brother Bill to Fleur Delacour after learning Death Eaters are on their tails in Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

15. Westminster Tube station

Head inside the Tube station that was one of the main locations used by Harry when travelling in The Order of the Phoenix. Accompanied by Arthur Weasley and ecstatic about using muggle underground trains, Harry uses the Underground to attend a disciplinary hearing at the Ministry of Magic. Westminster Tube had to be closed for a whole day during filming.