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9 Ways To Navigate Harry Potter’s London With Your Kids

15 February 2018 Tips & Tricks 0 Comments

 

 

Have you ever felt as if your Hogwarts Letter got lost in the mail? We’re certain that Hagrid and McGonagall are waiting on your response, too. While we can’t floo your family over to Hogwarts, we can help your family to plan the perfect day in Harry Potter’s London.

 

BREAKFAST AT PURE – next to Harry Potter’s Magic Wand Shop

 

 

We recommend getting an early start at Pure, a kid-friendly breakfast nook located just next to Leadenhall Market (which was the location used to film scenes in Ollivander’s Magic Wand Shop!). No one in your family will go hungry with Pure’s impressive selection of eggs, wraps, bagels, porridge, and pastries. We also recommend trying their freshly squeezed juices and smoothies!

Address: 85 Gracechurch Street, London, EC3V 0AA, UK

Contact: 020 7240 1555

Nearest Tube Station: Monument (District and Circle, Northern, Waterloo and City, and Central lines)

 

HARRY POTTER’S MAGIC TOUR – an introduction to magic

 

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Next, you’ll be able to truly begin your day of navigating Harry Potter’s London by participating in Family Twist’s privately guided Harry Potter’s Magic Tour. You’ll start this private three-hour tour at Leadenhall Market (a two minute walk from Pure!), and will traverse throughout London by taxi, foot and boat in order to discover some of the most iconic sites where the Harry Potter films were shot. The tour ends with a private “magic” lesson taught by a professional magician in a café near the Platform 9 3/4 in King’s Cross Train Station.

Booking: The Harry Potter’s Magic tour is priced at £630. http://family-twist.com/harry-potters-magic-enquiry/

Nearest Tube Station: Monument (District and Circle, Northern, Waterloo and City, and Central lines)

 

ST. PANCRAS RENAISSANCE HOTEL – Elixir-inspired mocktails for afternoon tea

 

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At this point in the day, you will be ready to sit down and relax and practice some Tessomancy. Your family is sure to love the magical Afternoon Tea at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, which can be found just across from King’s Cross Station. The Hansom lounge is airy and reminiscent of a high-class Three Broomsticks. Best of all, they serve potion and elixir-inspired cocktails and mocktails.

Address: Euston Road, London, NW1 2AR, UK

Contact: +44-207-8413540

Booking: Afternoon Tea is priced at £38. Book here.

Nearest Tube Station: Euston (Victoria and Northern Lines)

 

THE WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR – Harry Potter behind the scenes

 

 

Next up on the itinerary is the Warner Bros. Studio Tour! This tour will last 3.5 hours, although there is no time limit imposed for spending extra time at the studio. Note: If your family plans on buying tickets to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, be sure to do so before arriving in London. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and opening and closing hours vary by day. You will want to visit on a day where the Studio is open until 10pm to ensure that you will have enough time to experience the tour, the attractions, and to shop. We suggest booking the Family Ticket (covers two adults and two children or one adult and three children).

Address: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden WD25 7LR, UK

Contact: +44 345 084 0900

Booking: The Family Ticket is priced at for £132. https://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/tickets

Nearest train station: Watford Juction

 

If your family does not plan to tour the Studio, fear not! There are plenty of other magical sites to be discovered in Harry Potter’s London.

 

LONDON ZOO – Harry Potter’s Parlestongue and boa constructors

 

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Practice your Parseltongue at the Reptile House in the London Zoo. While we are certain that you will not run into Nagini or the Basilisk, your family is sure to have a blast finding the boa constrictors that Harry Potter communicated with twenty years ago. The family ticket (which encompasses two adults and two children) is worth the price if you plan to visit the entire zoo as well.

Address: London Zoo, London NW1 4RY

Contact: +44 20 7449 6200

Booking: The family ticket is priced at  £75.80. Book here

Nearest Tube Station: Camden Town Station (+15 minute walk)

 

PICCADILLY CIRCUS – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

 

 

If London’s West End wasn’t already on your list, it certainly will be now. True Harry Potter fans will remember Harry, Ron, and Hermione apparating right in front of a London Bus at Piccadilly Circus in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Your family will also enjoy wandering around the many shops and attractions that Piccadilly has to offer.

Address: Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7ET, UK

Nearest Tube Station: Piccadilly Circus

 

THE PALACE THEATER – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

 

 

The Palace Theater, which presents a two-part showing of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a five-minute train ride from Piccadilly Circus. Be sure to get your tickets early; this event is popular amongst wizards and muggles alike! Note: This is a two-part play, with a matinée performance and an evening performance. However, tickets may be bought separately, and it is possible to see evening performances of Part One and Part Two on Thursdays and Fridays. If you are thrifty, check the website at 1pm GMT in order to buy low-price tickets via the Friday Forty.

Address: Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 5AY, Royaume-Uni

Contact: 0330 333 4813

Booking: book here

Underground: Leicester Square

 

The fun doesn’t need to stop after one day! If you are still craving more ways to navigate Harry Potter’s London, we have a few recommendations:

 

SPECIALTY SHOPS – Harry Potter

 

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If you and the kids are shoppers, be sure to check out Hamley’s Toy Store and The Burrow (located at Harry Potter World). We also highly recommend Minalima, which is a store created by the graphic designers of the Harry Potter film series. You and your family will find Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Fin d Them merchandise, as well as quirky souvenirs and gifts that you will not be able to find elsewhere. These stores can get pricey, but they are worth checking out if you’re in need of a new robe, wand, or Bertie Botts Every Flavor Jellybean.

Address: Hamley’s Toy Store- 8a, St Pancras International, Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QL, UK

Contact: +44 20 7479 7366

Nearest Tube Station: Euston

 

Address: The Burrow- Studio Tour Drive,  Leavesden WD25 7LR,  UK

Contact: +44 345 084 0900

Nearest train station: Watford Juction

 

Address: Minalima- 26 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DE, Royaume-Uni

Contact: +44 20 3214 0000

Nearest train station: Leicester Square

 

 

ANOHKA – A Harry Potter themed restaurant

 

 

 

Any family coming to London in late February is in luck! Anohka, as Harry Potter-themed restaurant is set to open up on February 24, 2018! We’re sure that patrons will deck themselves out in Hogwart’s finest, and we’re expecting a menu straight out of the books!

 

Even if you are still waiting on that Hogwart’s Letter, now is the time to spend quality time with your family in Harry Potter’s London. It’s sure to be magical!

 

 

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