How to visit all the Harry Potter Locations in London

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So you’ve come to London to live out your dreams of jumping into the screen of a Harry Potter film and escaping the real world? Don’t worry, I’m right there with you. There are many great film locations for fans to visit in London, but I’ll be honest straight up and say that some of the better experiences are outside of London, namely riding the Hogwarts Express (Scotland), visiting Oxford film locations (1 hour drive from London), and the Warner Bros Studios where the films were predominantly filmed (day tour from London). But whilst you’re in London, here are all the Harry Potter Locations you can visit and how to do so (with some sneaky tips):

Option #1

Book a Brit Movie tour that will take you to all the Harry Potter sites in London accessible to the public. They offer a walking tour or a coach tour.

Option #2

Go to the locations yourself. Here’s how…

Harry Potter Locations in London

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Australia High Commission – Gringotts Bank interior

Believe it or not, the stunning interiors of Gringotts Bank was indeed not a film set, but the real deal! Even more unbelievable is that the interiors needed little work by way of enhancements for film, as the interior of the Australian High Commission building is so stunning that it didn’t need much post production. While you can’t technically go inside, if you are alone or with a partner (i.e. not a group), kindly ask the security guard if you can peak your head in for a look and with any luck, you’ll score a peek!

Whilst in the area you will be near enough to walk by The Savoy Hotel, which is not a filming location but was the hotel that Richard Harris (the first Dumbledore) took up residence at 70 years of age and lived for his final years. The lobby is nice if you fancy a look!

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Red Phone Box entrance to the Ministry of Magic

Before I disappoint you with this one, I’ll jump straight to the point: the visitor’s entrance to the Ministry (the red phone box) does not actually exist. Instead, it was inserted for filming only and what stands there today is nothing but a blank wall. If you still want to drop by (who knows, maybe muggles just can’t see the phone box), you’ll find it at Scotland Place.

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Westminster Station

Remember the scenes where Harry and Mr. Weasley use the tube for transport in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix? Those were filmed in one of London’s busiest stations, Westminster Station, which cause the station to close down for an entire day!

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Lambeth Bridge – The Night Bus

Lambeth Bridge is located near the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, and was filmed at night for those memorable “night bus” scenes. In the film the traffic comes toward the camera one way, but in actual fact the traffic runs two ways on Lambeth Bridge! This was a decision made to give a higher intensity to the scenes and allowed for that intense moment where the night bus squeezes between two of London’s red double decker buses.

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Millennium Bridge – Destroyed by Death Eaters

This is a fan’s favourite as it is so accessible and such an obvious part of the films. The bridge is destroyed by death eaters at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. The bridge is a pedestrian bridge only, so be sure to wander across. On the South bank side you can enjoy a view of St Paul’s Cathedral, which was also used for filming the scenes of Harry and other students in one of Hogwart’s winding staircases. From this view you can also see the City of London School where Daniel Radcliffe gained his education before beginning his role in the Harry Potter franchise.

Harry Potter Tour London

Borough Market

Just a short stroll from your current location, you will reach Borough Market, which is the perfect choice to stop for a bite to eat as it has some great fresh produce from around the world (and is a hot spot for Londoners to visit)! Whilst here, you will notice the above photographed location was in fact used for the exterior shots for The Leaky Couldron! It looks a bit different now with all the advertising in the frame, but there’s still room for imagination!

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Leadenhall Market

Back across in the City of London you will find the other filming location for the leaky couldron at Leadenhall Market. Inside the Market (off one of the little side alleys) you will find the entrance which is now a bright blue and home to a dental business, but in the films was painted a grim black to give a better effect! The market itself is extremely picturesque, so this location is certainly worth a visit!

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King’s Cross Station

The tour concludes at King’s Cross Station, platform 9 and 3/4. This location is quite far away, so if you’re not on the bus tour just catch the tube to “Kings Cross Station” – too easy! Above is a setup scene gifted by Warner Bros to King’s Cross Station to allow fans to grab their photos heading for Hogwarts. If you would like to visit the real platform where these scenes were filmed, it is actually located between platforms 4 and 5. To reach these platforms, you will actually need to be catching a train somewhere OR you can come during busy time when the barriers are open and sneak yourself a cheeky photo.

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St Pancras Station

While the platform is filmed at Kings Cross Station, the exterior shots of the train station are in fact filmed of St Pancras Station, as it is far more picturesque. Be sure to take a look at the building whilst here, it is one of the world’s most gorgeous train stations!

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Reptile House, London Zoo

Inside the London Zoo is where Harry first discovers he can talk to snakes in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

The scenes where Harry, Ron, and Hermione run through London’s West End in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I are filmed in Piccadilly Circus. This is a popular tourist landmark in the city so you will surely come across it through your travels if not seeking it out!

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Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!

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    April 9, 2016

    That sounds brilliant too. We are off to London on a Harry Potter tour this summer!

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    November 28, 2015

    Wow ! so nice and wonderful post about visiting harry porter collection it’s also very helpful information all of us so thanks a lot for sharing this with us………

  3. Brooke Saward

    October 30, 2015

    Hahaha its so much fun hey 🙂 thanks x

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    October 29, 2015

    This was pretty much me during my first visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal. Great photos!

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    October 21, 2015

    Oh this looks fantastic! This is a must-do!! I went to the Harry Potter Studio in Watford and was not disappointed.

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    Tamsin @ A Certain Adventure

    September 29, 2015

    Brilliant round-up, Brooke! I had no idea that the Leaky Cauldron exterior was in good old Borough Market 😀 x

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    Hadas @ Common Room

    September 25, 2015

    It’s the Knight bus! Come on Potterhead 😛

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    Tiffany

    September 19, 2015

    Love this post!!!
    My some DO when I go to London next time!!!

    xx Tiff

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    Olga

    September 18, 2015

    I also wanted to take a picture of myself traveling through the wall at King’s Cross 3/4, but the line was sooooo unbelievably long! Will have to do it next time 🙂

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    m.

    September 18, 2015

    great article, thank you!

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    Rianne

    September 18, 2015

    Yes, saved! I so want to do this next time I’m going to London 🙂

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    Maddy @ Travel Alphas

    September 18, 2015

    This is so awesome 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Abby Woody @ HumaniTribe

    September 18, 2015

    Thanks so much for collecting all of these in one place! I had no idea about the films using the exterior of St. Pancras Station instead of King’s Cross, but I totally get it–it IS incredibly picturesque. I did have a question though: I didn’t recognize Leadenhall Market from the films. What was it used for? Thanks! 🙂

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    dahi.

    September 17, 2015

    its great to see that there are more potterheads out there who also love fashion and travelling. thanks for the advices! i have already bookmarked this post for my first london visit next year!

    x
    dahi

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    Denise

    September 17, 2015

    I’m also a big Harry Potter fan. I visited last year in November all the places, you wrote about it.
    I haven`t seen London zoo. But what I do on my next visit to London.
    The studios were awesome !

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    Laura Mareno

    September 17, 2015

    I’m obsessed with Harry Potter!! What do you do this to me! hahaha I loved this post!! kisses:D

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    Tanja

    September 17, 2015

    great advice!Thanx!

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    Alexandra Chirila

    September 17, 2015

    I need to go to London sooo bad!

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    Minh Nguyen

    September 17, 2015

    this is my dream. always want to visit the harry potter locations

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    yvonnelaura

    September 17, 2015

    I would love to visit the Movie studios! It looks so amazing and magical to visit that place in real life!

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    Kris

    September 17, 2015

    As a HP fan this post was one of my all time faves! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    LisaLDN

    September 17, 2015

    I had NO idea the exterior from the Leaky Cauldron was from Borough Market! I lived a 10 minute walk from there for 3 years and never knew! 🙂

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    Kate

    September 17, 2015

    This is amazing – I can’t wait to check these out!

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    Jodi Rose

    September 17, 2015

    This post is too brilliant! I’m now dying to go to London, thank you for all the amazing tips. x

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    Hannah

    September 17, 2015

    Luckily, I was in London in 2013 and I got to go inside Australia House because I had to vote for the election! It really is as beautiful as Gringotts is in the movies – so, if you’re really desperate and you’re an Aussie, just wait until the next election haha.

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    Britt

    September 17, 2015

    I’m such a fan of Harry Potter. I’ll definitely be visiting all of these places when I’m in London in December.

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    Helen

    September 17, 2015

    A lot of the first film was filmed in Gloucester where I live so me and my friends used to reenact the troll scene in Gloucester Cathedral. I actually knew a couple of peopl who were extras as they used their school (Kings) in some scenes. Very jealous!

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    Laura @ Roam + Golightly

    September 17, 2015

    Love it! Harry Potter nerds rejoice. I’m totally going to share this with my wizard nerd friends!

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    Jalan2Liburan

    September 17, 2015

    Ms Potter looks so good in that picture 🙂

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