London is an incredibly iconic city.
It has featured in hundreds of TV shows, novels, plays and movies. Many of the landmarks in the city are recognised around the world thanks to franchises like James Bond, the Sherlock Holmes media and Bridget Jones’ Diary- but one franchise takes absolute precedence.
Harry Potter and London have become synonymous. Large parts of the books take place in and around the capital, and the films were pretty much entirely shot in the city- aside from the obviously Scottish Hogwarts scenery.
If you’re a ‘Potterhead’ looking to explore this magical city, then book a room in the Bayswater Inn Hotel Hyde Park; not only is it one of the best hotels near Bayswater, it is also one of the best located London hotels near tube stations.
From its prime location you can easily reach 7 of the 11 Tube lines that link up the city, meaning you can get to pretty much all the Harry Potter locations you could possibly imagine- even Scotland if you were up for it!
Now let’s take a look at the best ways to discover the magic of London on these Harry Potter tours.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
There are no two ways about it: the Warner Bros. Studio Tour is one of the best in the world.
It is essentially the studio where 90% of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. You’ll get incredible behind the scenes access, free range to explore the sets and you’ll even get to try Butterbeer.
The detail is truly stunning in Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room is warm and inviting and the Great Hall will take your breath away.
Harry Potter Bus Tour
If you don’t fancy walking, or are pressed for time, then this is a great way to see the sights of London and visit some iconic ‘Potter spots’.
Your tour guide will whizz you around the city and fill you in on the history of what you are seeing- but more importantly tell you which Potter scenes were filmed where!
Visit the Ministry of Magic, trace the route of the Night Bus and discover the Leaky Cauldron.
Harry Potter Guided Walking Tour
The Magical London guided Harry Potter Tour is a great way to spend the afternoon.
You’ll see some of London’s key sights and most iconic areas as you discover the magical filming locations; you’ll also be sorted into houses by the Sorting Hat and be tested on your Harry Potter knowledge as you go.
There is also the option to add on a river boat trip to trace the broomstick flight sequence from the Order of the Phoenix.
Self Guided Harry Potter Locations
If you don’t fancy being in a group, or would simply prefer to explore alone, then checking out all the locations on foot is easily doable in London.
The city is incredibly walkable and the locations are dotted all around the city- so get out there and discover them for yourself!
Discover the Magic of London
London was a magical city before Harry Potter was even introduced to the mix- but now? It’s on a whole new level of wonder!
Use your incredibly well located Bayswater hotels to explore the city, and get in touch with your inner wizard!