London is a great decor for so many blockbuster movies. Also a lot of great scenes in the Harry Potter series have been filmed in London. A lot of locations are worth visiting. If you have visited London on more occasions you may have visited some of the location without even realizing it.
If you like to visit the best Harry Potter film locations across London on your next visit to London? Here’s a list of some of those locations, in which film it appeared and how to get there.
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King’s Cross Station
The departing station of the Hogwarths Express which takes the students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the famous platform 9 ¾. The actual scene’s are filmed on platform 4 and 5. This location is only accessible if you have a valid train ticket.
If you do not have a valid train ticket to get on the platform or do not want to buy it, you can go to the entrance of platforms 9 and 10. Here you can take your picture with a cart that disappears into the wall as if you were actually entering platform 9 ¾.
This can be a very busy spot, come as early as possible even before 9 am. Also avoid a visit during school holidays if you don’t want to wait forever.
To get here travel to King’s Cross St Pancras tube station.
St Pancras International Station
Just across the road is St Pancras Station, where Harry and Ron took the flying Ford Anglia from Ron’s parents to go to Hogwarths when they where blocked in their attempt to access platform 9 ¾. Dobby the elf tried to protect Harry from harm to block entry to the train on Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets.
The building that was in the movie was actually the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on Euston Road, which is an amazing building. There’s even a cute little car in front of the building which resembles the Ford Anglia from the movie.
When you get to London by Eurostar this is a great time to take a look, because you are already there.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One Harry, Hermione and Ron where rushing through London’s West End starting here at Picadilly Circus.
Are you coming here by tube? Do exit Picadilly Circus at Eros for the best sightseeing experience. Although this is not the location Harry, Hermione and Ron appeared in the movie. They appeared on the Shaftesbury Avenue end of Picadilly Circus avoiding a number 19 London bus. This is the safer option.
Reptile House at London Zoo
At the Reptile House at London Zoo Harry discovers for the first time he has magical skills and can talk to snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone. With his magical skills Harry let’s the window at the display from the Burmese Python disappear and his annoying cousin Dudley falls in.
If you plan a visit to London Zoo, this is a nice extra.
In the opening scene of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince the Millenium Bridge, a steel suspension bridge crossing the Thames, is dramatically destroyed by the Death Eaters.
The nearest tube station is St Pauls.
Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Road
The Death Eater attacks start on Trafalgar Square in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. Soring past Nelson’s Column and heading to the National Gallery on the north side of the square. The journey takes them up Charing Cross Road past St Martin in the Field’s Church and several shops and Exit Three of Leicester Square tube station.
Nearest tube station is Charing Cross.
The Leaky Cauldron at Leaden Hall Market
Leadenhall Market in the City of London was used as the entry to Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Harry and Hagrid went through here to enter Diagon Alley via The Leaky Cauldron Wizards Pub. In real life there’s a optician in the building what was the entry to the pub on Bull’s Head Passage.
Leadenhall Market is a beautiful Victorian style market with an ornate painted roof. Even if you’re no Harry Potter fan, a great place to visit.
Nearest tube stations are Monument, Bank or Aldgate.
The Leaky Cauldron at Borough Market
The second Leaky Cauldron location is in London’s Borough Market. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry is dropped of here by the Knight Bus for wizards and witches in urgent need.
No. 7 Stoney Street was the location of the Leaky Cauldron. In real life there’s Tacos El Pastor located at this address.
Next door on No. 8 Stoney Street, in The Market Porter Pub, the Third Hand Emporium was located in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Here Harry meets his future professor Gilderoy Lockhart.
Borough Market is the best food market in London, so try to visit this location when the market is open.
Nearest tube station is London Bridge.
Gringotts Wizarding Bank
Australia House, the embassy of Australia, was the location for the Gringotts Wizarding Bank. In this magnificent building all the bank scene’s where filmed.
A major landmark on this famous street, Australia House was officially opened by King George V in 1918.
Although no longer open, you can take a peek through the door and see the majestic hall of the movie.
You will pass Australia House, which is on the Strand, when you take a walk from Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square.
Nearest tube station is Temple.
Westminster Tube Station
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry used Westminster Station for travel to the Ministry of Magic with Mr. Weasly, who got terribly confused how to get through the barriers.
The station had to be closed to the public for an entire day while filming.
It is also a great starting place to go see the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace.
On Lambeth Bridge a great scene is filmed where the Knight Bus has to squeeze between two oncoming double-decker buses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban on it’s journey to take Harry to the Leaky Cauldron at Borough Market.
Nearest tube station is Westminster.
12 Grimmauld Place
On Claremont Square in Islington was the home of Sirius Black and the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix located. 12 Grimmauld Place was squeezed in between two muggel houses.
This location was in both Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part One.
It’s a 10 minute walk from King’s Cross Station.