London is a great backdrop for many blockbuster movies. Many great scenes in the Harry Potter series have also been shot in London. Many locations are well worth a visit. If you’ve visited London before, you may have already visited some of the location without realising it.
Want to visit the best Harry Potter movie locations in London on your next visit to London? Here’s a list of some of these locations, what movie it appeared in and how to get there.
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King’s Cross Station
The world-famous station where the Hogwarths Express departs, which takes the students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the famous platform 9 3/4. The actual scenes are filmed on platforms 4 and 5. This location is only accessible if you have a valid train ticket.
This can be a very busy place, therefore come as early as possible, the best time is even before 9 am. Also, avoid visiting during school holidays if you don’t want to queue for very long.
To get here, you’ll travel to King’s Cross St. Pancras Underground Station.
St Pancras International Station
Opposite King’s Cross Station is St Pancras Station, where Harry and Ron took the flying Ford Anglia from Ron’s parents to go to Hogwarths when they were blocked when they tried to get on platform 9 3/4. Dobby the elf tried, in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, to protect Harry by blocking access to the platform so he could not travel by train to Hogwarths.
The building in the film was actually the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel on Euston Road, which is a great beautiful building. There’s even a cute little car in front of the building that looks like the Ford Anglia from the movie.
When you come to London on the Eurostar, this is a good time to take a look, because you’ll be there anyway.
In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Harry, Hermione and Ron rushed through London’s West End, arriving here at Picadilly Circus.
Are you coming here with the underground? Then, at Picadilly Circus station, take the exit at Eros for the best sightseeing experience. Although this is not the location where Harry, Hermione and Ron appeared in the film. They appeared on Shaftesbury Avenue side of Picadilly Circus at the GAP store and avoided a London bus number 19. This is the safer option.
Reptile House at London Zoo
At the Reptile House at London Zoo, Harry discovers for the first time that he has magical powers and can talk to snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. With his magical powers, Harry makes the window of a Burmese Python’s stay disappear and his annoying cousin Dudley falls into the enclosure.
If you’re planning a visit to London Zoo, this is a nice perk.
In the opening scene of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, the Millennium Bridge, a steel suspension bridge over the Thames, is dramatically destroyed by the Death Eaters.
The nearest metro station is St Pauls.
Trafalgar Square and Charing Cross Road
The Death Eater attacks begin in Trafalgar Square in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. They fly past Nelson’s Column and head towards the National Gallery on the north side of the square. The trip takes them along Charing Cross Road, where the church St. Martin in the Field’s stands, and several shops and exit 3 of Leicester Square Underground Station.
Nearest station is Charing Cross.
The Leaky Cauldron in Leaden Hall Market
Leadenhall Market in London was used as access to Diagon Alley in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Harry and Hagrid went to Diagon Alley via This location via The Leaky Cauldron Wizards Pub. In real life, there is an optician in the building which was the entrance to the pub on Bull’s Head Passage.
Leadenhall Market is a beautiful Victorian market with an ornately painted roof. Even if you’re not a Harry Potter fan, a great place to visit.
Nearest metro stations are Monument, Bank and Aldgate.
The Leaky Cauldron in Borough Market
The second Leaky Cauldron location is located on London’s Borough Market. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry is dropped off here by the Knightbus for wizards and witches in dire need.
No. 7 Stoney Street was the location of the Leaky Cauldron. In real life, Tacos El Pastor, a taco restaurant, is located at this address.
Next door at 8 Stoney Street, in The Market Porter Pub, the Third Hand Emporium was in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This is where 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 beautiful building all the bank scenes are filmed.
A major landmark in this famous street, Australia House was officially opened by King George V in 1918.
Although no longer accessible to the public, you can take a look through the door and see the majestic hall from the movie.
You’ll pass Australia House, which is on the Strand, when you take a walk from Tower Hill to Trafalgar Square.
Nearest metro station is Temple.
Westminster Tube Station
In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry travelled via Westminster Station to the Ministry of Magic with Mr. Weasly, who got very confused when he didn’t understand how to get through the gates.
The station was closed to the public for an entire day during filming.
It is also a great starting place to go to the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.
On Lambeth Bridge, a great scene was filmed where the Knight Bus had to wrch between two approaching double-deckers in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban during the drive to take Harry to the Leaky Cauldron in Borough Market.
Nearest tube station is Westminster.
12 Grimmauld Place
Claremont Square in the Islington neighborhood was home to Sirius Black and the Headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix. 12 Grimmauld Place was hidden between two “muggel” houses.
This location featured in both Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Deathly Hallows Part 1.
It’s a 10-minute walk from King’s Cross Station.