After 18 months of waiting, Chloe and I were finally in London to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We really wanted to have a magical filled day, so if you fancy a trip to the wizarding world whilst you’re in London, make sure you venture to these spots.
KINGS CROSS STATION – PLATFORM 9 3/4
We arrived into St Pancras and head across the road to our first stop, and the most popular pilgrimage when in London… Kings Cross Station, and most importantly Platform 9 3/4. In recent years they’ve finally updated the experience and now it’s 2 shops and a full blown photo opportunity (shown above).
The decor of the shops is straight out of JK’s Wizarding World and they sell a huge selection of Harry Potter memorabilia, including exclusive items you can only get at Platform 9 3/4 like the plush Hedwig toys below. They’ve also started adding a selection of Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them merchandise, so yes you can take a Niffler home with you too. The shop is available online here.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – THE PALACE THEATRE
If you have been living under a rock the last couple of years – HPATCC is a play that follows Harry, Ron, Hermione’s and Draco’s children to Hogwarts (if you aren’t able to see the play you can pick up a copy of the screenplay in any book store). Anyway, we got the tickets in the very first batch that went on sale and had to wait 18 months before it was finally our turn to see it. I can’t say too much without spoiling it, but if you ever get a chance to witness both parts with your own eyes, please do so. It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever seen on stage, it’s like you’re seeing real life magic in front of your eyes and the soundtrack by Imogen Heap is unreal. You can check out this link for ticket information, they just announced it is hitting Broadway in the States too!
HOUSE OF MINALIMA – SOHO
Situated on Greek Street just behind the Palace Theatre where The Cursed Child is showing you will find this glittering, magical building. If you’ve seen any of the Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts films you will be familiar with all the design within the films, well that’s all been created by Minalima, aka Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima the graphic design dream team.
House of MinaLima has mulitple floors, on the ground you’ll find an incredible shop which sells prints, stationary, books etc and the rest of the levels are themed exhibitions of their art. The first floor is dedicated to Fantastic Beasts, the second has a giant Marauders Map on the floor along with Harry Potter prints and relics, oh and a corner dedicated to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.
The top floor is dedicated to the different school books and the Daily Prophet. Again this is a truly unique experience so if you find yourself in Soho I highly recommend it, and if you can’t make it here’s the online webstore.
THE BLIND PIG – SOHO
Not strictly an official Harry Potter location, but this secret bar is the best place for a drink at the end of the day, and is secretly situated in Soho on Poland Street. From the outside you’ll find a door set bag in an alcove with no signage, just the bronze, Blind Pig on the door. I’m not sure if it purposely took shares the same name as the bar in Fantastic Beasts on purpose, but the interior reminds me of something out of the film regardless.
The menu is filled with magical, story book themed cocktails. Given the theme of the day Chloe opted for Butterbeer and I had a Honey Pot, inspired by Winnie The Pooh (complete with a lil Piglet to garnish). It’s not the cheapest of bars, but it’s certainly worth popping in for one if you’re in the area and want to be transported out of London temporarily.
The view from our hotel the next morning was a lush end to our trip. We stayed in the Copthorne Tara Hotel in Kensington, I’ve stayed a few times now… mid week it’s really cheap and in a great location.
I couldn’t pass up this photo-op passing by either 🙂 I hope you enjoyed my mini Harry Potter guide to London! Let me what you thought in the comments below.