London is a magical place for Harry Potter fans. Some of the most iconic scenes were filmed in London such as the flying car outside St Pancras Station, Platform Nine and Three Quarters at Kings Cross, the Knight Bus zooming across the Thames and through the West End, Leadenhall Market and the Leaky Cauldron.
It is also the site of the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio tours – a must see attraction for every Harry Potter fan while a resident at the bed and breakfast in gower street. This is where the films were made and uses the same studios.
If you’ve booked a few days in London, potentially in one of the fantastic and comfortable hotels near Bloomsbury London then make sure to book well in advance for tickets as it is a very popular attraction. Arrive on time for your entry slot – otherwise you may not be able to get in! Once inside, you can spend as long as you like exploring the site and you need it because there is just so much to see.
Many of the famous sets used in the filming can be seen in the Harry Potter Studio Tour such as Professor Dumbledore’s study, Snape’s Potions classroom, the Gryffindor Common Room and the Weasley’s kitchen complete with constantly clicking knitting needles, and self stirring cauldrons.
Enter a steamy platform and encounter the great red steam locomotive complete with chocolate frogs on carriage windows. Stroll down Diagon Alley and investigate the jokes on offer in Weasley’s Joke Shop, or peer through the windows of Ollivander’s Wands. Follow the hints of gold to Gringotts Wizarding Bank and see robes on sale in the shops. Peep inside the enchanted Knight Bus and No 4 Privet Drive where Harry Potter spent many years sleeping in a little room under the stairs. Explore (if you dare) the Forbidden Forest with its animated life size model of Buckbeak as well as Aragog, the giant animated spider complete with countless spiderlings. Will they chase you out?
There are massive displays of original props used during the filming. These include everything from delicately carved boxes and time turners to wands, house elf armour and the heads of mythical beasts. Watch the metal snakes slithering along slotted tracks as the intricately carved door to the Chamber of Secrets opens before you.
Learn the secrets of green screen filming, and take a ride on a broomstick. Choose your robe and see where your flight takes you. Perhaps over the streets of London or across the dark lake surrounding Hogwarts?
Try some butterbeer before heading off to discover yet more props and filming techniques. One of the most stunning of all the props is the elaborate, perfectly proportioned and intricately designed model of Hogwarts itself. This was used to film most of the exterior scenes and always evokes gasps of amazement from every visitor when seen for the first time.
So, book a room at the Regency House Hotel London and head out for an incredible adventures trip.
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