Top 10 Harry Potter Locations in London

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King’s Cross Station
The Hogwarts Express departs from ‘Platform 9 ¾’ at King’s Cross Station, which is actually the arched wall between Platforms 4 and 5. If that seems short on magic, head towards the entrance to Platforms 9, 10 and 11 on the west side of the station. There you’ll find a trolley disappearing into the magical realm through a wall marked ‘Platform 9 ¾’.

St Pancras

St Pancras


St Pancras International

Next door to King’s Cross Station is London’s favourite “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.

Piccadilly Circus
One of the most memorable scenes in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows I where we see Harry, Hermione and Ron rushing through London’s West End was filmed in Piccadilly Circus. Check out this behind the scenes footage caught during filming – watch to the end to see filming of the iconic trailer scene in which our three heroes have to jump out of the way to narrowly miss being hit a London bus:

Reptile House, London Zoo
London Zoo’s Reptile House is where Harry first discovers his gift for talking with snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Home to over 650 different species, you’ll have the chance to chat to all sorts of weird and wonderful mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and fish on a visit to the Zoo

Millennium Bridge
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince opens with a dramatic sequence of the London Millennium Footbridge collapsing. A pedestrian-only steel suspension bridge crossing River Thames, the Millennium Bridge links Bankside with the City and offers dramatic views of St Paul’s Cathedral as you walk from the south side to the north.

Millennium Bridge towards St Paul's Cathedral

Millennium Bridge towards 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 on the Muggle street of Charing Cross Road in London’s West End. Charing Cross Road is renowned for its specialist and second-hand bookshops and more general second-hand and antiquarian shops giving the street an intriguing charm.

Leadenhall Market
Leadenhall Market in the City of London was used as Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The entrance to wizard’s pub, the Leaky Cauldron, is an optician in Bull’s Head Passage in Leadenhall Market. Leadenhall is a superb example of a Victorian covered market with an ornate painted roof.

Leadenhall Market

Australia House, The Strand
Scenes for Gringotts Wizarding Bank (the only known bank of the wizarding world) in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone were filmed in the grand interior of Australia House on the Strand. A major landmark on the Strand, Australia House was officially opened by King George V in 1918.

Westminster Tube Station
This one of the main locations Harry Potter uses when travelling in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and had to be closed to the public for an entire day during filming! Westminster is one of London’s oldest stations and is close to endless attractions including the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Parliament Square, Downing Street and the London Eye.

Westminster tube station next to Big Ben

Westminster tube station next to Big Ben


 
Lambeth Bridge

It’s on Lambeth Bridge that the Knight Bus has to squeeze between two oncoming double-decker buses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. The next bridge along (downstream) is Westminster Bridge. Lambeth Bridge and Westminster Bridge are painted red and green respectively to represent the colour of the leather benches in the two houses of the Palace of Westminster – the House of Lords (red) and the House of Commons (green).
 
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6 Responses to “Top 10 Harry Potter Locations in London”

  1. Nicola
    May 10, 2011 at 8:42 am #

    I thought the Leaky Cauldron was in Borough Market, not Leadenhall Market?

    • diyen
      March 19, 2014 at 6:21 pm #

      The leakey couldron was shot in 2 locations.

      borough market – HP3
      leadenhall market – HP5

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