Harry Potter Walk in London, London

Harry Potter has transformed fantasy into a world dominating superpower. Increasingly more people all across the globe become Harry's fans. The blockbuster movies were set entirely in Britain at the author JK Rowling's request. This 6-hour tour will give you step by step directions of how to explore all the London locations used in the Harry Potter films.
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Harry Potter Walk in London Map

Guide Name: Harry Potter Walk in London
Guide Location: England » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: clare
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Goodwin’s Court

1) Goodwin’s Court

Goodwin’s Court is a cute narrow passage built into the frontage of The Theatre Goers Club of Great Britain, adjacent to 55-56 St Martin's Lane. A step into this lovely court, built circa 1627, takes you back in time to the Georgian period manifested in the typical bowed windows (remnants of the previously existent row of shops), polished black doors with shiny knockers and knobs with brass plates indicating the names of tenant businesses. There are three large, operational gas lamps illuminating the path.

In the movie, Harry Potter walks through the Goodwin's Court en route to the Diagon Alley.
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Covent Garden Market

2) Covent Garden Market (must see)

Covent Garden is well-known for its shops, street performers, bars, restaurants, theatres and the Royal Opera House. The centrepiece of Covent Garden is the famous market, designed by Inigo Jones as far back as 1632. The first record of a "new market in Covent Garden" is in 1654 when market traders set up stalls against the garden wall of Bedford House. The Earl of Bedford acquired a private charter from Charles II in 1670 for a fruit and vegetable market, permitting him and his heirs to hold a market every day except Sundays and Christmas Day. The original market, consisting of wooden stalls and sheds, became disorganised and disorderly, and the 6th Earl requested an Act of Parliament in 1813 to regulate it, then commissioned Charles Fowler in 1830 to design the neo-classical market building that is the heart of Covent Garden today. By the end of the 1960s, traffic congestion was causing problems for the market, which required increasingly large lorries for deliveries and distribution. Redevelopment was considered, but protests from the Covent Garden Community Association in 1973 prompted the Home Secretary, Robert Carr, to give dozens of buildings around the square listed-building status, preventing redevelopment. The following year the market relocated to its new site, New Covent Garden Market, about three miles (5 km) south-west at Nine Elms. The central building re-opened as a shopping centre in 1980.

The site attracts annually up to 30 million visitors. Underneath the glass cover there are several arcades of fashionable boutiques, cafés, food and arts and crafts stalls, as well as the Apple and the Jubilee Hall markets. Fresh food products are brought here directly from farmers each Thursday and Saturday.

*A filming location for Diagon Alley scenes in Harry Potter films.*

Why You Should Visit:
Always plenty of energy, places to see, bars and eateries to satisfy just about any visitor's needs. Easy to get to and a fun meeting place for tourists.

Tip:
Neat place to visit around 4pm, when sun is perfect to sit and stroll.

Operation Hours:
Daily: 10am-8pm
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Lyceum Theater

3) Lyceum Theater

The Lyceum Theatre is one of London West End theatres, situated off the Strand, on Wellington Street. A theatre named Lyceum has been in this area since 1765. From 1816 to 1830, it served as The English Opera House. The one on the present site dates back to 1834 and was built by the partnership of Peto & Grissell to a plan by Samuel Beazley. It used to have a unique balcony overhanging the circle, which later had been lost to several reconstructions, including those in 1904 by Bertie Crewe and 1996 by Holohan Architects. What's left of the original design is just the façade and grand portico. The building closed in 1939 and was set to be demolished, but it was saved and converted into a Mecca Ballroom in 1951, where many well-known bands played. The Lyceum was closed in 1986 but restored as a theatre in 1996. The current building seats 2,100. The theatre is also part of the Harry Potter trail in London.
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Somerset House

4) Somerset House

Somerset House is a grand edifice with 55 active fountains situated on the south side of the Strand in the heart of London. The central, Neoclassical portion of the building, designed by architect Sir William Chambers, was completed in 1776–96. Later, two classical Victorian wings were added to the north and south. The current building stands on the site of its namesake predecessor which was built two hundred years earlier. Somerset House has been captured in one of Harry Potter blockbusters.
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Roman Bath

5) Roman Bath

A stroll down the alley on Surrey Street will take you off the Strand to Strand Lane where the Roman Bath is. Contrary to its name, the bath and its surroundings are most definitely not Roman as there are no traces of Roman presence in the area. The bath was probably part of Arundel House, the imposing town-house which, along with several other palaces, had stood on the Strand from Tudor period until the 17th century, when they were torn down to clear space for new buildings. The bath has gained popularity after being featured in one of Harry Potter films.
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Australia House

6) Australia House

Australia House is a triangle-shaped beaux-arts style edifice on the Strand. It houses the Australian High Commission, which can be deduced from the elaborate exterior décor, statues and carving. The building has gained fame as the fictional Gringotts Bank in "Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone" movie. The filming took place in the exhibition hall on the ground floor with the set taking more than a week to build. Sadly for Harry Potter fans, no photography is allowed inside the building. Access to the filming spot is limited to just one day per year. There's no restriction on taking pictures outside though.
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St. Clement Danes Church

7) St. Clement Danes Church

St Clement Danes is a church that stands on the Strand neighbouring the Royal Courts of Justice in the City of Westminster, London. St Clement's building dates back to 1682 and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren. Today it serves as the central church of the Royal Air Force. Popularized by the English nursery rhyme "Oranges and Lemons", the church's bells do actually ring this melody. St Clement's is also the place where you have to find the Rats Tails on your Harry Potter walk.
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Blackfriars Bridge

8) Blackfriars Bridge

To get to the Tate Modern from the Inns of Court, you will, of course, cross the Blackfriars Bridge, which received Grade II Listed status in 1972. The Bridge House Estates own the bridge and are responsible for its upkeep.

This foot and road bridge is 923 ft long with five wrought iron arches to match its sister railway bridge, now demolished. It was built by the P.A. Thom & Company firm to designs by Thomas Cubitt and was opened by Queen Victoria in 1869.

As you cross, you will notice stone carvings by John Birnie Philip on the piers of the bridge: on the East side the carvings represent marine life, with a variety of seabirds; on the West side you can see carvings of freshwater birds. These birds are there to remind us that the Thames is both a sea and fresh water river.

The bridge takes its name from an earlier bridge that was used by the Blackfriars, a Dominican Order of friars who wore black habits, rather than the more usual brown ones. They had a priory near the site of Blackfriars Station from 1275 until 1538, when it was closed by King Henry VIII during his Dissolution of Monasteries campaign.

The bridge was featured in the film 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix' (2007). The Order of the Phoenix passes under it on their flight from number four, Privet Drive to Grimmauld Place.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Leadenhall Market

9) Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market, set on the site of a Roman forum, has been a marketplace for food since the 14th century. In 1990-1991 the market underwent a major reconstruction, bringing drastic changes to its appearance and reinforcing its architectural character and detail. The cobbled walkways and glass roof of Leadenhall Market make it an attractive place to shop, eat and drink or simply relax. The Market has also made appearance in Harry Potter movies as the shopping street, Diagon Alley. It doesn't however look exactly like that in the movie, perhaps due to a Muggles (ordinary human) eye not being able to see things as they really are.

Operation hours: Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.8 km

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