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From London: Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

1. From London: Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour

Perfect for those with a penchant for Harry Potter, this Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London provides a unique opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films — the most successful movie series of all time. Venture behind the scenes to discover a huge array of fantastic sets, costumes, and props. Learn some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics that made the Harry Potter films so hugely popular around the world. Step onto the famous cobblestones of Diagon Alley, featuring the shopfronts of Ollivander's Wand Shop, Flourish and Blotts, and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. See iconic props from the films, including Harry’s Nimbus 2000 and Hagrid’s motorcycle. Rediscover other memorable sets from the film series, including the Gryffindor common room, the boys’ dormitory, Hagrid’s hut, and the Potions classroom. Visit Platform 9 ¾ and ride the Hogwarts Express! Explore a perfect recreation of the platform and the train itself and relive the magic of Harry’s trips to Hogwarts by posing with a luggage trolley right before it disappears through the wall and walking through the train carriage. Learn how the iconic train scenes were filmed, and browse through your favorite character’s luggage! Top off your Hogwarts Express adventure in a train-themed souvenir shop and load up on goodies inspired by your favorite Potter films. For the first time ever, enter the set of Gringotts Wizarding Bank! Walk through the wizarding bank of Gringott's, the Lestrange vault, a gallery of goblins, and much more. Admire the imposing marble columns and discover the costumes and prosthetics belonging to Bogrod, Griphook, and many other Golbin bankers. Then enter the depths of the Lestrange vault used to store the treasures of Bellatrix Lestrange and surround yourselves with treasure. You'll have approximately 4 hours to enjoy the magic of the Harry Potter studio. Due to heavy traffic at busier times of the year, this may be shorter however the minimum time spent at the studio will be no less than 4 hours. With the bus journey included, the total duration of the tour is normally 7–7.5 hours, subject to traffic and entry times.

London: Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Transfers

2. London: Warner Bros. Studio Tour with Transfers

Enjoy a wizardly adventure to the Harry Potter and Warner Brothers Studio. Board the bus in central London and journey to the home of Firebolts, chocolate frogs, and Polyjuice potions. Get up close and personal to the spell-bounding sets, the most iconic props, and the costumes worn by the trio Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Discover some of Hogwarts’s best-kept secrets, including fun insights about the special effects and animatronics. After arriving at the Studios, explore all the sets, props, and studio gift shop for 4 hours. Get your photo taken at your favorite filming locations such as the impressive Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, and the Gryffindor common room.  Walk down the cobble-stoned Diagon Alley and picture the local witches and wizards as you pass Ollivander's, Flourish and Blotts, and Eeylops Owl Emporium. Visit Platform 9 ¾ and ride the Hogwarts Express. Explore a perfect recreation of the platform and the train itself. Relive the magic of Harry’s trips to Hogwarts by posing with a luggage trolley right before it disappears through the wall. Top off your Hogwarts Express adventure in a train-themed souvenir shop and load up on goodies inspired by your favorite Potter films. After you've had your fill of frothy Butterbeer and have tried your hand at riding a broomstick, board the bus back to London. Check out the studio shop to find some souvenirs before you head back to the world of Muggles.

The London Eye: Entry Ticket

3. The London Eye: Entry Ticket

Step into your capsule and feel the exhilaration as you rise up over the water and come face to face with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Soar above them, up to 135 meters on the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheel.  There are mesmerizing 360-degree views of the whole city laid out before you. See the most famous landmarks including Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London and up to 40km out of the city to Windsor Castle on a clear day. Enjoy the gradual rotation and just stand and stare at the hustle and bustle of London life unfolding beneath you, the beautiful sunset over the city, or the thousands of twinkling lights after dark. 

London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

4. London: Tower of London and Crown Jewels Exhibition Ticket

Take a tour of the timeless Tower of London – part of British history since the 11th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in 1086 by William the Conqueror.  Discover London’s castle – a secure fortress, royal palace, and infamous prison. Spot the ravens that live on the premises and find out why they are known as the guardians of the Tower. Stroll across Tower Green to see where many executions took place, including those of 2 of Henry VIII's wives. You will also have access to the inside of the tower. Prepare to be dazzled by the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom. These priceless symbols of the British Monarchy compose the greatest working collection of crown jewels in the world. Pore over the 23,578 gems, including the glistening Imperial State Crown - this piece alone has 2,868 diamonds, 273 pearls, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, and 5 rubies. Gain valuable insights into the Towers History from some of its most famous residents, The Yeoman Body. Whilst Tours may be currently unavailable, the Yeoman Warders will be on hand to provide fascinating stories of the Tower through the ages.

Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour from King's Cross

5. Harry Potter: Warner Bros. Studio Tour from King's Cross

Experience the pure magic of Warner Bros. Studio Tour London with this 7.5-hour package that includes round-trip transportation from London’s King’s Cross. After your departure from the station, arrive at the studios approximately 2 hours later and enjoy an extended 4-hour visit! Begin where Harry started, at the Cupboard under the Stairs, before watching an enchanting welcome video and heading into The Great Hall – one of the biggest sets on the site. As you travel through, you’ll see an amazing selection of actual costumes, props and special effects pieces, all maintained in pristine condition. See The Burrow, Hagrid’s Hut, the Gryffindor Common Room, Dumbledore’s office and much more. Marvel at small details like Dumbledore’s Pensieve and larger pieces like the fantastic animatronic door and the Chamber of Secrets. Have fun riding a broom through London at the Green Screen exhibit and board the Hogwarts Express on Platform 9-3/4. See Privet Drive and the Knight Bus, buy a Butterbeer™ on the backlot and get up close to the prosthetics and animatronics in the special effects department. There is so much to see you will be thankful to have extended time to take it all in!

Warner Bros. Studio London: Tour with Bus Transfers

6. Warner Bros. Studio London: Tour with Bus Transfers

This 7-hour program (including 4 hours in the studios) provides the opportunity to explore the magic of the world-renowned Harry Potter film series at Warner Bros. Studio London, including the Forbidden Forest. Take a peek behind the scenes of a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes, and props. See some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and breathtaking animatronics that made these films so hugely popular around the world. Help yourself to refreshments in the Studio Café, including freshly prepared hot soups and snacks, salads, sandwiches, and afternoon treats. Other snacks can be purchased at 2 locations on the Studio Tour. Explore the Studio Shop stocked with a wide range of gifts and souvenirs to remind you of the day you spent immersed in The Making of Harry Potter. In 2022 the glass doors of Professor Sprout’s greenhouse opened for the very first time. Just like a Hogwarts student, step into the greenhouse, home to many exotic and magical plants, and stop to pull out a potted Mandrake as part of an interactive display. Based on the scene in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, recognize the Venomous Tentacula hanging from the ceiling as you walk through.

Madame Tussauds London

7. Madame Tussauds London

Millions of people have flocked through the doors of London’s Madame Tussauds since it first opened more than 200 years ago. Add your name to the list and make your way up the red carpet to see all your favorite stars. The museum-style ropes and poles have gone, so you can truly get up close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights, and historical icons. Relive the moments and events that made the world take notice. Join your favorite celebrities at the ultimate party including Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy. Strut your stuff on the catwalk with Cara, join the Royal Family on the iconic balcony, and take a selfie with royal couple Harry and Meghan. Explore the jungles of Kong: Skull Island with Tom Hiddleston as Captain James Conrad or hail a London cab for a journey through 400 years of the capital’s history. Then use the force to be transported to a galaxy far, far away and star in the action with the greats of the Star Wars universe.

London: Entry Ticket to London Dungeon with Optional Drinks

8. London: Entry Ticket to London Dungeon with Optional Drinks

Get entry tickets to the London Dungeon, a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the city's most perilous past. See, hear, and feel the chillingly amusing characters of the 'bad old days’ as they come to life. Upgrade your experience to include a cocktail in the tavern. Step inside Sweeney Todd’s infamous barber shop on Fleet Street and let him give your life a short back and sides. Then tread cautiously through the streets of Whitechapel, as Jack the Ripper could be lurking just around the corner. End your visit by being sentenced for your crimes and sent to Newgate Prison Ride to Doom. On the off chance you survive all of that, round off your journey with a visit to the Dungeon Tavern; hear the latest gossip, and share a drink with the locals.

London: Harry Potter Studio Tour and Oxford Day Trip

9. London: Harry Potter Studio Tour and Oxford Day Trip

Join a full-day bus trip from London which combines a trip to the Warner Bros Studio Tour 'The Making of Harry Potter' with a walking tour of Oxford University. Start your tour at the historic city of Oxford, home to England's oldest university. Enjoy a guided walking tour that takes you past famous college buildings, cloisters, quadrangles, and cobblestone squares. See the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, and selected colleges. Enjoy free time to explore all that Oxford has to offer at your own pace. Continue to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour and begin your magical experience at The Making of Harry Potter. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets and hear about the filmmaking techniques used to make the magic of the Harry Potter films. Visit the most recognizable set features from the films: the Great Hall, Dumbledore’s office, the Gryffindor common room, the Ministry of Magic, 4 Privet Drive, the Weasley kitchen, Hogwarts Express, and Diagon Alley. Board the original Hogwarts Express train and see a recreation of Platform 9-3/4. Explore the interior train carriage set that was featured during filming and take a selfie with a luggage trolley as it disappears through the brick wall.

London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

10. London: Climb The Roof of The O2 Arena

Discover stunning views of London and experience the thrill of climbing the O2 Arena with this attraction ticket. Leave your fear behind with high-quality climbing equipment that is regularly maintained to high standards and the help of your climbing guide that is with you every step of the way. Put on your climb suit, boots, and harness. Become a true urban mountaineer. Ascend the O2 Arena, a London landmark, and cross the walkway suspended 52 meters in the air. At the top, take in panoramic views over Greenwich, the Olympic Park, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Canary Wharf, and The Shard.  Climb during the day and enjoy the clearest views for miles, at sunset for a romantic experience, or opt for the twilight climb and marvel at the twinkling city light. 

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Family-friendly activities: Things to do in London with Kids

Visiting London as a family? You don't need to fret as there are many things to do in London with kids. Taking selfies with dinosaurs at the British Museum or watching chemistry in action at the London Science Museum are just two examples. 

You can also see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, and then maybe try to make one smile! Take boat rides along the Thames or soar over the city in the London Eye. And these are not just things to do for kids – adults, too, can enjoy these places. Even better, entertainment may be educational, too!

Fantastic attractions in London for kids

Harry Potter, Shrek, Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, even Star Wars – they all have homes you can take your kids to visit in London. Here are a couple of places where they can mingle with their favorite celebs or see some behind-the-scenes magic:

Warner Bros Studios

Got Hogwarts fans in the family? Take them to explore favorite scenes from their favorite Harry Potter movies. They can visit Platform 9 ¾ and take the Hogwarts Express. Then watch how the Basilisk and Aragog came to life. Or become part of the scenery by flying over London with the help of green screening.

The tour is four to seven hours long, so make sure everyone has comfy shoes on. They allow a limited number of strollers per group, so you may have to check yours at the coat check. You will find baby changing facilities at every restroom area in addition to a parents’ area and bottle-heating service.

Madame Tussaud’s

Who says you can’t get close to the royals? Pose with the Queen or William and Kate. There are over 200 figures, including Tom Hardy and Kim & Kanye to Ed Sheeran, Miley Cyrus, and Adele. You and your kids will get screen time with all your faves – make sure you’ve got enough memory on your camera!

You can’t take a stroller through the museum, but there is a coat check that will store it for free. If you check anything else, there’s a small fee. Baby changing facilities are available as well. Note that you can only bring water from the outside, but there are concession stands selling snacks inside.

London thrills for kids

Are your darling kids daring? Do they want more than double-decker buses and riverboats? Do they want a break from historic buildings and museums? London can handle these requests. Here are a couple of breath-takers:

The O2 Arena

The O2 is known as an entertainment complex, but you can see much more from the top. Take the family on a climb up the arena’s dome. Safe with harnesses and guides, you will be blown away by the 360 view of London. Open from 10 or 11 am to well after sunset, you can choose your cityscape.

The minimum age is 8 years old, and the minimum height is 47 inches (just under 4 ft). You have to wear a climb suit and shoes, so make sure to wear socks and dress for the weather.

London Dungeon

Fascinated by the dark side of London? This tour is not about frilly royals or high tea. Here the kids can learn about Henry VIII’s beheading habits. Then they can find out who Guy Fawkes was and what a Pear of Anguish is. Also, you may just find out who Jack the Ripper really was!

This activity is not for those who are sensitive or easily frightened. The recommended age is 12, but they will admit younger children if parents allow. However, if anyone wants to leave, an attendant will take you safely to an exit.

KidZania

Watch your kids explore careers, London-style. Maybe this trip inspires them to be a City Tour Guide. Or they might prefer cricket to baseball (or not!). Perhaps, they’ll discover that they want to help people in an A&E (which is similar to an ER). Their creativity may be sparked at the fashion institute, TV studio, or Nintendo Labo Workshop.

Children under 8 require adult supervision the entire time. You can bring your stroller through, or there is stroller storage for a fee. Baby changing facilities are available.

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What people are saying about London

We enjoyed the tour, thx a lot! The (public) boat-transport was not available, but the guide made the best out of the situation and switched to tube. Anyways, we visited all we wanted, our daughter was more than happy!

This is not cheap, but rest assured: it is really worth it. And the service that is promised is also delivered. If you're even a little into Harry Potter and you can afford it: do it and enjoy!

Wonderful experience! The tickets were easy to access and submit. Entry was fast and smooth. The view from the Eye is amazing. It will always be a must on my list when visiting London.

Nice discovery of London and filming locations of the Harry Potter saga in the city with Anaïs. I recommend !!

An amazing tour for Potterheads and those who want a new way of exploring London!