Discover the best Harry Potter locations in London which you can visit yourself! These filming and inspirational locations can be found all over the city. Below is a list of the top locations including in which film they were used in, which neighbourhood in London they are located and the closest underground station to make it easier for you to find your way and experience the magic.
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Below are some spoilers about the movies. If you haven't yet watched Harry Potter and planning to in the coming future, we recommend coming back later and checking out the locations.
Our underground station details are provided for your convenience, but it is always wise to check your itinerary to ensure you are going the right way.
Leadenhall Market is one of London's oldest markets dating back to the 14th century. It houses a variety of shops, cafes and restaurants. In the Harry Potter series, Leadenhall market is the filming location of Diagon Alley, one of the prime locations in the Harry Potter movies.
Diagon Alley is a magical shopping street. It is known that there are multiple locations in London where Diagon Alley could have been filmed, namely Cecil Court at Charing Cross Road
The King's Cross Station which opened in 1852 is both one of London's busiest train stations and also one of Harry Potter's most notorious locations. King's Cross is a railway that passes through the UK for both local and long-distance trains.
In this very station, a couple of iconic scenes were filmed, when the main characters go through Platforms 9 and 10 to get to Platform 9¾ every beginning of the semester. Also in the very first film when Hagrid gives Harry the ticket on the bridge inside the station.
The actual Platform 9¾ is between Platforms 8 and 9 since Platforms 9 and 10 are in a separate building from the main train station and JK Rowling wanted the platforms in the main building. Apart from that the actual Platforms 9 and 10 are alongside each other separated by tracks, so a magical brick wall between them was just not possible.
In the station, there is a replica of the famous Platform 9¾ where you can take a photo while sort of pushing the famous trolley through the wall. Typically there is a long line but it is worth waiting. Exactly next to the platform replica, is a shop dedicated just to merchandise and souvenirs of Harry Potter. So if you are a wizarding fan, stop by and have a wizarding experience.
Every 1st of September at 11 am people gather at King's Cross Station for the announcement that 'Hogwarts Express is departing on Platform 9¾'. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so if you happen to be in London on the 1st of September, we highly recommend you do not miss it.
The Australia House serves as the Australian High Commission in the United Kingdom. It is a grand neoclassical building right in the heart of the city. This building is open on weekdays only
In the Harry Potter movie, this building was used for the one and only Gringotts Bank which was run by the goblins. The marvellous interior says it all with marble columns and ornate chandeliers. The famous Vault 687 which belonged to the Potter family was located at Gringotts Bank as well as Vault 713 where the Philosophers Stone was kept safe.
The London Zoo is one of London's top attractions for both locals and tourists to visit which is open to the public in Regent's Park.
In the movie, the London Zoo more accurately the Reptile House was used as a filming location when Harry with his aunt and uncle visit the reptile house and Harry has the iconic Parseltongue Talk with a snake.
The Millennium Bridge also known as the Wobblers Bridge for Londoners was opened in the year 2000 and is a pedestrian suspension bridge which links St. Paul's Cathedral to the Tate Modern Art Gallery in South Bank.
This Brockdale Bridge as known in the Harry Potter series was used during the Death Eaters attack where the bridge was destroyed due to the violent swaying.
Great Scotland Yard holds great historical significance as it once served as the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police Service.
In the Harry Potter series, this particular street was used as a location when Harry and Mr Weasley made their way to a telephone booth which was the entrance to the Ministry of Magic. Once they entered the phone booth they needed to enter a five-digit code (62442) to descend into the Ministry of Magic. When visiting this location, the telephone booth is not there as it was a prop for just the filming.
Piccadilly Circus is one of London's most bustling areas with endless entertainment both during the day and night. Thousands of people walk through this area every day.
In Harry Potter, Harry, Hermione and Ron are spawned in Shaftesbury Avenue Piccadilly Circus directly in front of Bus 19 which nearly runs them over. They were escaping after a Death Eaters attack at Bill and Fleur's wedding. Immediately after, they walk down the street and into an alleyway then into a café.
The City of Westminster is where some of London's iconic landmarks are located such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, and Westminster Abbey. Apart from these, the neighbourhood has several parks and museums to visit.
In Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter, Professor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Remus Lupin and Elphias Doge fly their broomstick under Westminster Bridge and passes London's Iconic landmarks such as the Tower Bridge, Tower of London, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament.
The Lambeth Bridge which crosses the River Thames links the City of Westminster and the Borough of Lambeth. From this bridge, you get to see Westminster Bridge as well as the House of Parliament and the London Eye.
This location was used when the Knight Bus picks Harry Potter up from near his house and takes him to the Leaky Cauldron. On the way, the bus drives over Lambeth Bridge and also squeezes into a small gap between two London Buses.
This majestic building is a timeless symbol of London's exceptional history and culture, standing the test of time for centuries. Built and completed by 1711, designer Christopher Wren has created a masterpiece in the heart of London. St. Paul's Cathedral has held many historical events, state funerals and royal weddings.
This location was used after Hermione stormed off from Divination class where she had a crystal ball and then Harry and Ron went down the spiral staircase speaking about her ordeal and finding the crystal ball on the staircase.
Claremont Square is a small square in Islington surrounded by mature trees on all four sides.
After the scene of flying his broomstick under the Westminster Bridge, Harry Potter, Professor Moody, Nymphadora Tonks, Kingsley Shacklebolt, Remus Lupin and Elphias Doge make their way to Grimmauld Place an ancestral home of the Black Family.
Borough Market is one of the many markets around London. This particular market is highly popular and is located very close to London Bridge.
As mentioned in one of the previous locations (Lambeth Bridge), Harry Potter catches the knight bus to visit the Leaky Cauldron. Here at Borough Market is where the Leaky Cauldron was used as a location. Harry stayed in room 11 until the start of the new term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
J.K Rowling took inspiration from these three locations as well as others for the popular street Diagon Alley. The inspiration came from the narrow and diagonal street (Brydges Place and Goodwin's Court) and the shops on either side of the street (Cecil Court). As we Wizardry fans know, Diagonal Alley plays an integral part in the Harry Potter series and is amongst the most recognised and well-known locations throughout the whole series.
These places played an important role as inspirations of Diagon Alley in Harry Potter films.
In London, you will have the privilege of purchasing a few merchandise of Harry Potter. Apart from the shop at Warner Bros Studio in Watford, there are a few more shops in central London where merchandise is available.