Harry Potter Things to Do in London

London is a treasure trove for Harry Potter fans, offering a variety of experiences that bring the magic of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world to life. From iconic filming locations to themed attractions and experiences, the city is a must-visit destination for any Harry Potter fans. Here’s a list of key filming locations to visit whilst in London, and other unique Harry Potter activities.

Harry Potter Filming Locations in London

One of the best ways to experience Harry Potter’s world is by visiting the actual locations where key scenes were filmed. The bonus of visiting these locations, is that you can enjoy them all for free! Here are some must-see spots:

Leadenhall Market

This historic market in the City of London served as the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Its ornate architecture and cobbled floors create a magical atmosphere perfect for fans. The square is covered and beautifully decorated with vibrant colours. The main thing to do at Leadenhall Market is eat and drink at one of the restaurants or pubs. It does get quite crowded, particularly during the weekday evenings! You’ll often find big walking tour groups here too nowadays.

Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station

No Harry Potter pilgrimage is complete without a visit to the iconic King’s Cross Station. Head to the famous Platform 9¾, where you can snap a photo with the trolley disappearing into the wall. There’s also an actual Harry Potter merchandise shop there too!

If you want to take this experience to the next level, visit the station on 1st September. Known as ‘Back to Hogwarts Day’, on September 1st Kings Cross Station actually announce a train to Hogsmeade! It shows up on the departures board at 11am, as the Hogwarts Express departing from platform 9 ¾. This is followed by a rendition of the Harry Potter theme tune. Because this has now attracted so many fans, last year they did this from 1st-3rd September, to help deal with the crowds.

The Millennium Bridge

Featured in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the Millennium Bridge is a modern icon of London that was dramatically destroyed by Death Eaters in the film. Walk across it to get a sense of the scale and enjoy stunning views of the Thames. Whilst on the Millennium Bridge, you’ll be treated to great views of St. Paul’s Cathedral, peering between buildings. And on the other side, Southbank, check out the Shakespeare’s Globe and Tate Modern whist you’re there.

Australia House

Located on the Strand, this building was used as the exterior of Gringotts Wizarding Bank. You won’t be able to access the interior of Australia House, but the impressive exterior is definitely worth a visit.

Piccadilly Circus

A popular tourist spot in London anyway, Piccadilly Circus was shot during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1. Take photos of the illuminated billboards and the famous Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain. Outside of Harry Potter, this area is worth visiting anyway, with its vibrant mix of entertainment, shopping, theatres, eateries and bars.

Other Top Things for Harry Potter Fans to Do in London

Beyond the filming locations, there are several other Harry Potter-themed activities and attractions to explore in London.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter

Located just outside London in Watford, this tour is a must-visit for any fan. You can explore authentic sets, see original props and costumes and learn about the special effects and behind-the-scenes secrets that brought the series to life! Highlights include the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and the Forbidden Forest but the whole experience was magical. Well, maybe except for the butter beers which were gross!

House of MinaLima

The House of MinaLima is a charming gallery and shop in Soho, that showcases the graphic art from the Harry Potter films. Created by designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, it includes everything from posters and prints to books and stationery.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Experience the award-winning Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play at the Palace Theatre. The story continues where the books left off, following Harry Potter’s son, Albus, on his own adventure. Be sure to book tickets in advance though, as the show is very popular. Check out the official site for tickets and more information.

harry potter and the cursed child palace theatre

The Cauldron

For something a little different, grab a drink at The Cauldron. Located in Dalston, this magical-themed bar lets you mix your own potions and enjoy unique cocktails. It’s an immersive experience where you can dress up in robes wands, and use a variety of magical ingredients to create your drinks. And as the name suggests, drinks are often mixed in cauldrons.

Harry Potter Walking Tours

Several companies offer Harry Potter-themed walking tours of London, guiding you to various filming locations and spots that inspired J.K. Rowling. These tours often include fun trivia and behind-the-scenes stories, making them a great way to see the city. One of the most popular tours is the Tour for Muggles, but search around for what works best for you.

Charing Cross Road and Cecil Court

Known for its numerous bookshops, Charing Cross Road and the nearby Cecil Court are said to have inspired Diagon Alley. Although, I’ve heard a number of different places that were supposedly the inspiration behind Diagon Alley, so i’m not 100% sure what to believe. Nevertheless, it’s a very cute street that is home to a number of rare book shops. There are also a few fun bars and restaurants nearby, in Soho, if you want to extend your visit here.

harry potter cecil street

London offers a range of experiences for Harry Potter fans, from iconic filming locations to immersive attractions and themed activities! To avoid any disappointment, I strong advise to plan your trip ahead of time. London is a big place, so map out the places you want to visit, to save traipsing around town. Also some of these places require tickets, so be sure to book!