Harry Potter Film Locations in London

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    Leaky Cauldron

    Leaky Cauldron, Leadenhall Market, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Leaky Cauldron, Leadenhall Market, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    There are many Harry Potter film locations in London and this gallery should help you identify some of them. You might also like to try a Harry Potter Walking Tour of London (Buy Direct) or visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter.

    This is the entrance to the 'Leaky Cauldron' that is actually in Leadenhall Market. This building is on Bull's Head Passage, EC3; a small alley off Gracechurch Street on the side of Leadenhall Market.

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    Leadenhall Market

    Leadenhall Market, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Leadenhall Market, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Leadenhall Market was used as Diagon Alley and the entrance to the Leaky Cauldron in the first Harry Potter movie.

    Leadenhall Market is a restored Victorian covered market designed by Sir Horace Jones in 1881 (also the architect of Old Billingsgate and Smithfield Market). It was originally a meat market and you can still see the meat hooks above many of the shops but nowadays it's a great lunchtime destination with some fashion and gift shops too.

    This is a short walk from The Monument if you fancy climbing the 311 steps for an excellent view across The City. Near there, you can find a not very well-known Viewing Terrace Near Tower Bridge to see Tower Bridge and HMS Belfast which were seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when the Order of the Phoenix was flying on their broomsticks escorting Harry to Grimmauld Place.

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    St Pancras Renaissance Hotel

    St Pancras Renaissance London, Euston Road, London NW1 2AR
    ••• Harry Potter in London St Pancras Renaissance London, Euston Road, London NW1 2AR. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    St Pancras station, now the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel was used as the entrance to King's Cross station in the Harry Potter films. Harry and Ron parked Mr. Weasley's Ford Anglia flying car in front of the hotel in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets before returning when they couldn't get onto Platform 9 3/4.

    The Midland Grand Hotel opened on 5 May 1873 and reopened as St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London on 5 May 2011 exactly 138 years after the original opening of Gilbert Scott's masterpiece following restoration of this iconic building. See Photos

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    King's Cross Station

    Entrance to Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Entrance to Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    To gain access to platform 9 3/4 to catch the train to Hogwarts, the young wizards had to run at a wall between platforms 9 and 10. But when you visit King's Cross Railway Station you'll see that platforms 9 and 10 have a train line between them and not a wall. For filming, platforms 4 and 5 were renumbered 9 and 10 and this is where you'll find the hidden access to platform 9 3/4. Although you won't, as you're probably a Muggle.

    There is a platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross station for Harry Potter fans but it has moved to the station many times during building works and station improvements.

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    Ministry of Magic - Visitors Entrance

    Ministry of Magic entrance, Great Scotland Yard, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Ministry of Magic entrance, Great Scotland Yard, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The Ministry of Magic was entered via a red telephone box in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when Harry and Mr. Weasley were going to Harry's hearing on charges of using magic in front of Muggles. You won't find the telephone box here as it was only a prop for filming. The archway over the street is also not in the place you'd expect to find it after watching the movie.

    The location is just off Trafalgar Square. Walk down Northumberland Avenue or Whitehall and Great Scotland Yard is a road running between the two. Look for the junction with Scotland Place and you'll see the archway over Scotland Place but as this road was considered too short, filming was done on Great Scotland Yard and the archway over the road was added in line with the first lamppost - covering the doorway where the men are talking in this photo - and the red telephone box was placed in front of that, just before the first window.

    Nearby attractions include the London Nose and the World's Smallest Police...MORE Box in Trafalgar Square, the Household Cavalry Museum, plus the Changing of the Guards and the Four O'Clock Parade at Horseguard's Parade.

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    Westminster Tube Station

    Westminster Tube Station, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Westminster Tube Station, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Harry Potter and Mr. Weasley used Westminster Tube Station in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix on their way to Harry's hearing at the Ministry of Magic. Mr. Weasley had problems with his ticket when he tried to exit the ticket barriers.

    Westminster is the station closest to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey (and the Supreme Court), and a short walk across Westminster Bridge (also seen when Harry and the members of the Order of the Phoenix fly along the River Thames on their broomsticks) to the London Eye.

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    Australia House

    Australia House, The Strand, London WC2B 4LU
    ••• Harry Potter in London Australia House, The Strand, London WC2B 4LU. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The interior of Australia House was used as Gringott's Wizarding Bank. Unfortunately, the building is not open to the public but ask the Security Guards nicely and they may let you peep through the door.

    The stunning marble interior of Australia House was used as Gringott's Wizarding Bank. Unfortunately, the building is not open to the public but ask the Security Guards nicely and they may let you peep through the door.

    Australia House was opened by King George V in 1918 and is the home of the Australian High Commission so you can only go inside if you are visiting on official business such as dealing with visas, migration, and citizenship.

    While in the area, do visit the London Roman Baths for a bizarre National Trust property in central London.

    If you're in the area on the weekend, do consider a Somerset House Guided Tour or visit the Courtauld Gallery which is open all week.

    The Twining Tea Shop is very close, as is the Old Bank of England pub.

    For those who enjoy other film tours, The...MORE Soundmap Sweeney Todd Audiowalk is in this area too.

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    Lambeth Bridge

    Lambeth Bridge, London
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    This is the bridge where the Knight Bus had to squeeze between two London buses in 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'.

    This is the bridge where the Knight Bus had to squeeze between two London buses in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. When trying to take a photo, do note the bridge actually has two-way traffic.

    Lambeth Bridge is next to Westminster Bridge where you'll find the Houses of Parliament in the north and the London Eye on the South Bank.

    As the Houses of Parliament are between Westminster Bridge and Lambeth Bridge there is a reason for the colors they are painted. Westminster Bridge is painted green to represent the color of the House of Commons and Lambeth Bridge is painted red to represent the color of the House of Lords.

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    Grimmauld Place

    Grimmauld Place - Claremont Square, London N1
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    There is some uncertainty about the location of Grimmauld Place, the ancestral home of the Black family. But as number 12 can't be seen by Muggles I think we can accept this is the most likely location.

    There is some uncertainty about the location of Grimmauld Place, the ancestral home of the Black family and the headquarters of the Order of the Phoenix between 1996-1997. But as number 12 can't be seen by Muggles I think we can accept this is the most likely location at Claremont Square, N1 (a short walk from King's Cross station).

    Lincoln's Inn Fields was used as the street outside no. 12 Grimmauld Place in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

    Grimmauld Place is a play on "Grim Old Place" and the Georgian buildings in the square, while well-maintained these days, could well have been much grimier in the past.

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    Leaky Cauldron 2

    Leaky Cauldron, Stoney Street, Borough Market, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Leaky Cauldron, Stoney Street, Borough Market, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    The film location for the Leaky Cauldron moved from Leadenhall Market to Borough Market in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It was outside the doorway of this flower shop that the Knight Bus pulled up and caused the alarm to a parked car to go off. Harry then got off the bus and entered the Leaky Cauldron.

    The location can be found at no. 7 Stoney Street, under the railway bridge. Only the exterior was used for filming as the interior was filmed in a studio.

    Next door, at 8 Stoney Street is a location for the Third-Hand Bookshop, a largely used bookshop supposedly on Charing Cross Road, where Harry met Gilroy Lockhart, his future tutor. Located next door to the Leaky Cauldron, it specialized in old and rare books, including first editions, and maps.

    By Borough Market is a popular film location and the area can be seen in Bridget Jones's Diary, Guy Ritchie's Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Entrapment, and others.

    While in the area, after grabbing...MORE something to eat at Borough Market, why not walk around the corner and see the original location of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre on Park Street.

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    Reptile House at London Zoo

    Photo of Reptile House at London Zoo
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    A scene from 'Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone' (UK) / 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' (US) was filmed in the Reptile House at London Zoo during September and November 2001. In this scene, a Burmese Python spoke to Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, for the first time.

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    Millennium Bridge

    ••• Harry Potter in London Millennium Bridge, London. © Sheep purple (Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved)

    In the 2009 movie Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, London's Millennium Bridge is used to represent the Brockdale Bridge that collapses following a dramatic attack by the Death Eaters. Thankfully this scene was created with special effects and the footbridge is still here in London, connecting the City near St. Paul's Cathedral with the South Bank at Tate Modern.

    Under the north side can be a fun place to go Mudlarking - a free activity for all of the family.

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    Platform 9 3/4

    Platform 9 3/4, King's Cross Station, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Platform 9 3/4, King's Cross Station, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    There is a platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross station for Harry Potter fans but it has moved to the station many times during building works and station improvements. (Here's an earlier location of Platform 9 3/4.) Thankfully, the station owners realize the importance to Harry Potter fans so even if the location moves there is always a Platform 9 3/4 for photo opportunities. Look for the platform sign on the wall and a luggage trolley/cart halfway through the wall.

    2012 location: It is now near platform 9, next to the bookshop, under an overhead walkway.

    Platforms 9 and 10 at King's Cross Station do not look like what you're expecting from the movies. Do see the filming location for Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station.

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    Lincoln's Inn Fields

    Lincolns Inn Fields, London
    ••• Harry Potter in London Lincolns Inn Fields, London. © Laura Porter, licensed to About.com, Inc.

    Lincoln's Inn Fields was used as the street outside no. 12 Grimmauld Place in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007).

    At Lincoln's Inn Fields you'll find ​Sir John Soane's Museum and the Hunterian Museum.

    If you are a Dickens fan, you could try the Walk Around Charles Dickens' London which passes through the area and includes The Old Curiosity Shop.