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A Guide To Exploring The World Of Harry Potter In London

27 October 2019 | Billie Manning

These are the very best places to feed your Harry Potter addiction in London, perfect for witches, wizards and muggles alike

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre
Quite ironically, London has been blessed by the presence of Cursed Child. The show has been reigning over the London theatre scene since 2016 at the Palace Theatre, where tickets have been selling out ever since opening thanks to the production's enchanting brand of magic. Tickets are currently on sale to 2 August 2020, and you can check back to the site each day to check whether there are any last-minute sales or returns. Additionally, 40 tickets for the following week are released every Friday. The tickets are in some of the best seats in the theatre at an amazingly low price of £40 (£20 per part). And even if you can't get tickets, you can still check out the theatre façade, or if you're heading home after a Soho dinner, the buzzing atmosphere at stage door after the show ends. (To find out how to get cheap tickets to other West End shows, click here!)

Warner Bros. Studio Tour
We may have had the glory of a whole Harry Potter theme park stolen from us by the state of Florida (outrageous), but we'll always have the Warner Brothers Studio tour. Leavesden Studios was the home of the Harry Potter films for a decade, and is a fantastic showcase of all the iconic props, costumes and sets that made the films what they were. You can wander down Diagon alley, see Ron and Harry's Christmas jumpers and sit in the flying Ford Anglia (on the ground, of course). The studios always have exciting seasonal events to jazz the experience up a bit (if you've gone one too many times), such as the Yule Ball or spooky Halloween happenings.

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Platform 9 3/4
Back in the day, true Harry Potter fans would have to wander the platforms of Kings Cross, trying to find the wall between platforms 9 and 10 for a DIY photo opp. But the kids these days just have it too easy - the legendary Platform 9 3/4 is now a London Harry Potter destination in its own right. First on the list is of course a photo with the disappearing trolley - get a friend to hold your scarf up out of shot so it looks like you're running, obvs. Then pop into the Platform 9 3/4 shop to browse all the Potter-related goodies on offer. There's all the merch you can ever dream of in here, from giant Hedwig plushies to customisable Hogwarts trunks, including some merch exclusive to the shop.

Film and book locations around London
Perhaps best done before you've laden your bags with Potter memorabilia, London offers a bevy of Harry Potter book and film locations to be discovered (and Instagrammed). One of the best of these is the Reptile House at London Zoo, where Harry has a nice chat with a snake from Brazil (and subsequently sets it loose) in the first film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. The zoo is a good day out regardless, especially if you've got any little Potterheads in tow, and the spot from the film is marked with a special plaque. Leadenhall Market in City of London was the location for Diagon Alley and the Leaky Cauldron, and is a colourful visit that will make you feel like you're in a whole other world.
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