Top Harry Potter things to do in London: Attractions for Every Budget

Calling all witches and wizards!

For Harry Potter fans, London is the most magical city full to the brim with themed attractions and photo opportunities relating to the wonderful Wizarding World.

There are experiences suitable for every budget, and several of the attractions are free! Here are some of the best Harry Potter themed activities you can try on your next trip to London…

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Top Harry Potter things to do in London

Explore the Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers Studio Tour

Explore the sets, costumes and props featured in the Harry Potter film series at this Warner Brothers Studio Tour.  Visit the Great Hall, walk through Diagon Alley, and even take a peep into the Dursley’s living room at 4 Privet Drive!

There have been multiple expansions since this attraction opened in 2012, including the Forbidden Forest, Gringotts bank, and Professor Sprout’s greenhouse.

During your visit, be sure to grab a butter beer, and don’t forget to buy a chocolate frog in the gift shop to take home with you!

If you are a fan of the movies and dream of visiting the Florida theme park, this is a must do, as it’s the UK’s closest equivalent, and the tour is magical from start to finish.

The studio is located in Watford, a short trip outside of London. Instead of arranging your own transfers, you can book your tour with transportation included.

There are also options to buy packages including tickets for two and a delicious two course lunch nearby, or you could even push the boat out and book a hotel and dinner experience; perfect if you’re celebrating something special.

Stop by Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station

All Potterheads should take a detour to Kings Cross on their trip to London to see one of the most famous train platforms in the world!

Guests can push their luggage trolley, appearing to vanish through the wall for the perfect photo opportunity. Be prepared to queue if you visit at peak times – I’ve found that the evening is a fantastic time to visit this spot at Kings Cross Station to avoid the crowds.

If you happen to be in London on 1st September, Kings Cross hosts its annual ‘Back to Hogwarts’ Day, where fans arrive in their hundreds to listen out for the Hogwarts Express departure announcement, followed by the movie theme tune, and participate in fun pop up events.

Pop to the Shops

The trolley on platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross is located directly beside an official Harry Potter merchandise shop, where you can browse the trinkets and merchandise emblazoned in the Hogwarts house colours.

Hamley’s toy store on Regent Street has a whole floor dedicated to Harry Potter merchandise, and it’s a must see for all fans. There’s a Harry Potter themed shop at Heathrow Airport too, so if you’re flying out you can pick up last minute gifts!

Catch a West end Show – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has been a smash hit on the West End, running from 2016. I loved the play so much! The story was new, but closely intertwined with the original; it was very cleverly written, and the effects are spectacular. I won’t be giving away any spoilers, don’t worry!

The play is performed in two halves, totalling over 5 hours plus intervals; it is long and could be tiring for kids, but it’s worth it!

For cheap tickets, look for matinees during the weekdays, and see if you can buy the two parts separately; there are tickets from as little as £25 on the website currently for part one, if you search far in advance.

Alternatively, there are options to book top seats at a discount with a 4* hotel stay in London too – it depends on the occasion and how much you are willing to pay, but this hotel deal would make a fantastic gift.

The play is located centrally near Leicester Square, and it’s a must do for fans of the books and movies.

Join a Harry Potter themed Walking Tour

If you want to learn more about filming locations and hear behind the scenes secrets, a Harry Potter tour could be a fantastic way to spend an afternoon. It’s also a great opportunity to meet fellow Potterheads!

You can book a free two hour Harry Potter themed tour, but remember to tip your guide! This Wizards Walking tour for two also has rave reviews, and is reasonably priced.

Admire the artwork at the House of MinaLima

Gallery and shop ‘The House of MinaLima’ is filled to the brim with work by the graphic designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima who worked on the original Harry Potter films.

Admire the posters and artwork created throughout the film series, and pick up a postcard or notebook in the shop to remember your trip.Even the outside of the store is completely magical!

Team up and break out of an Escape Room

Looking for an activity to get your adrenaline pumping? You need to try this School of Witchcraft and Wizardry themed escape room.

I have completed this escape room and I have to admit it’s one of the best I’ve ever done; incredible theming and puzzles, with a few surprises and twists to keep you on your toes.

There are now multiple Wizard themed escape rooms to try in London, so if you’re looking for something a little different, this could be the perfect gift for the witch or wizard in your life.

Book a magical Hotel Stay

If you’re really looking to impress, you could book a nights stay at the Georgian House Hotel. Rooms can be pricey, so book far in advance for the best rates, but the enchanted chambers look spectacularly mystical, with doors hidden behind bookcases, stained glass windows, wood burning stoves and cauldrons.

There are multiple hotel stays popping up across the UK inspired by Harry and his mates, so if you’re looking to book something special, a bewitching stay could be a fab option to surprise your loved ones.

Lastly, mega fans will love to visit the famous filming locations featured throughout the eight movies, which include:

  • Leadenhall Market, which was the inspiration for Diagon Alley. You can spot the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron here in Bull’s Head Passage!
  • The Millennium Bridge
  • 23-29 Claremont Square (2 Grimmauld Place)
  • Australia House (Gringott’s Bank)
  • London Zoo

The majority of these locations are free to visit, so this is a great budget friendly activity – you could perhaps treat it like a treasure hunt day and draw up a list of locations for your kids to tick off as you go.

More Magical things to do in London

Want even more ideas? Here are a few more fabulously themed attractions in London to consider:

Final thoughts: Top Harry Potter things to do in London: Attractions for Every Budget

Whether you’re a devoted member of the fandom or you’re partial to rewatching the movies over the Christmas period, these activities will be fun for all involved! I absolutely loved the play, and am hoping to visit the studio tour again soon.

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