Things Every Harry Potter Fan Must Check out on a Magical Weekend in London
Something magical is happening right on our doorstep, and for Harry Potter fans planning the ultimate weekend break in London, that something is perhaps the most important event to hit the capital in several years.
What is it? Why, only the first official sequel to J.K Rowling’s smash hit series since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Written by Rowling herself, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a brand new, two-part theatre production hosted by the Palace Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue, a stone’s throw from our luxury London weekend apartments in Oxford Street, Soho.
The play sees Jamie Parker in the lead role as the world’s most famous wizard -now an adult with a wife, three-kids, and demanding job- and has already been earning rave reviews since its opening night this past June.
Tickets are in high demand, making Harry potter and the Cursed Child an absolute can’t miss event for fans of the series. Yet the performance isn’t the only thing in town that Harry Potter fans should check out during their weekend break in London. Here’s just a few more:
Kings Cross Station
Euston Road, N1C 4TB
As every muggle knows, Harry’s magical adventures don’t really begin until he boards the Hogwarts Express at Platform N9 ¾, so what better place to start your weekend in London than with a visit to that very same platform?
You’ll find it within Kings Cross Station accessible via tube within 15 minutes of your self-catering apartment in Soho, where memorable scenes from the movies were filmed on platforms four and five.
St Pancras International Station
London, N1C 4QP
Sticking with the theme of the Hogwarts Express, exterior shots of the train station where Harry’s journey to the world of wizards begins were shot at St. Pancras.
This station is literally no more than a 100 metres away from Kings Cross, so you’ll have plenty of time to saunter across for a few pictures before exploring the other highlights of your Harry Potter holiday.
London Zoo Reptile House
Regent’s Park, NW1 4RY
Remember that famous scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone when the boy wizard first learns that he can communicate with snakes? That was shot here at London Zoo’s reptile house, home of some of the biggest snakes anywhere in the world, as well as a fascinating array of crocodiles and rare lizards.
Today, a commemorative plaque is on display in the exact spot where the scene was shot, and combines with other zoo attractions such as the awe-inspiring Land of the Lions, to make this a fun-filled day out for the whole family.
London, SE1 2UP
Less than 30 minutes away from your weekend apartment in Soho via the Victoria and Jubilee lines, this iconic London landmark is famous for its role in Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, when Harry hops on his broomstick and traverses the River Thames.
A few minutes walk away, you’ll also find the breathtaking Millennium Bridge, which fans will recognise as the bridge that was blown to smithereens by death eaters in the intense opening to ‘Order of the Phoenix.
The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour, London
Leavesden, WD25 7LR
No list of Harry Potter attractions in London would be complete without mentioning the renowned Warner Bros. Studio Tour, where you and your family can step directly onto the very sets used in the Harry Potter films.
Based opposite the actual film studio where the series was made, an hour’s tube ride from London Soho, this truly magnificent attraction boasts thousands of props, costumes, and artifacts from each of the Harry Potter films, as well as offering a unique look at how those famous magical creatures were brought to life.
An absolute can’t-miss day out for Harry Potter fans, make this one a priority on your next weekend break in London.