HARRY POTTER LOCATIONS

THE KNIGHT BUS AND THE LEAKY CAULDRON

HARRY POTTER LOCATIONS DIRECTIONS

Having passed the phone box veer right to cross Victoria Embankment(the main road) via the crossing.

Head left on its other side. As you do so, look to your right at the wonderful view of the London Eye and Big Ben in the distance.

Keep ahead along Victoria Embankment. As you pass the silver Dragons here on Victoria Embankment you leave the City of Westminster and enter the City of London.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE ELEVEN

What word is underneath this?

A Harry Potter Treasure Hunt Clue.

DIRECTIONS TO THE NEXT STOP

Continue along Victoria Embankment and pause alongside the silver dragon that you encounter by the side of the road. He marks the:-

BOUNDARY OF THE CITY OF LONDON
HERE BE DRAGONS

As you pass the silver Dragons here on Victoria Embankment you leave the City of Westminster and enter the City of London.

Greater London, under which most of London comes, covers an area of 1579 KM sq (609 square miles). It is made up of 31 boroughs plus the Cities of London and Westminster. The City of London itself is a geographically small area consisting of one square mile (2.90KM sq).

A City of London Dragon.

The boundaries of the City of London have remained more or less constant since the Middle Ages and those boundaries are, quite literally, guarded by dragons.

Indeed dragons are to be found encircling the entire City of London.

Of course, to the Muggle mind these amazingly magical fire-breathing lizards are nothing more than creatures of mythology that don't actually exist.

This widely held Muggle belief is a testimony to the efforts of  the Ministry of Magic which has worked tirelessly to foster this belief amongst Muggles the world over and to keep these huge creatures hidden from the prying Muggle eyes.

In the world of Wizards however, dragons are considered to be the most amazing magical creatures in the world and Gringotts Bank, of course, uses them to guard its high security vaults.

DIRECTIONS

Continue along Victoria Embankment, noting the arm rests of the benches as you go which are shaped as camels and other animals.

Keep walking until you arrive at an incline to the left of a ramp. Go up that incline and on arrival at Blackfriars Bridge go right and cross over the river via Blackfriars Bridge.

BLACKFRIARS BRIDGE - THE FLIGHT OF
THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX

Blackfriars is also one of the bridges under which Harry Potter and the members of The Order of the Phoenix fly en route to 12 Grimauld Place. In the film they are shown with the bridge behind them as they head upriver to Westminster.

WALKING DIRECTIONS TO THE NEXT HARRY POTTER LOCATION

Once on the other side of the bridge, go right then sharp right to pass Doggett's on your left. Go down the steps, go right to descend the second flight of steps and keep ahead through the white tiled passage.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE TWELVE

What's Missing?

Lamps clue on the London Treasure Hunt.

TO THE NEXT STOP

Keep ahead to pass through the ticket hall of the new Blackfriars Station then head towards the brown brick chimney of Tate Modern that is clearly visible ahead.

Pass to the right of the Founders Arms Pub and, once past it, veer left and walk to the riverside rail, turning right in front of it. Follow it and, when the path bears left, pause and look across the Thames at a magnificent view of the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral.

THE FLIGHT OF THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX.

To your left is Blackfriars Railway Bridge, under which Harry and the members of The Order of the Phoenix fly in the film of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Blackfriars Railway Bridge which features in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.


HARRY POTTER LOCATIONS DIRECTIONS

Keep ahead. On arrival at the Millennium Bridge veer right up the grey paved ramp and turn right to ascend the ramps onto the Millennium Bridge. Once on the bridge keep ahead and pause about half way across. Stand in the middle of the bridge and look ahead at the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral.

HOLD ON TIGHT HERE COME THE DEATH EATERS.
St Paul's Cathedral seen over the Millennium Bridge.

In the opening sequence of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince the Death Eaters continue their attack on London by coming up from behind and then round each side of the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral ahead.

They then swoop down onto the bridge causing the silver supports on either side to buckle and then snap.

Those unfortunate Muggles who are unlucky enough to be crossing the bridge at that moment are helpless as the bridge sways, lurches and then falls into the river as a twisted heap of scrap metal.

THIS WAY TO THE NEXT LOCATION

Picture for a moment the dark shadows of the Death Eaters coming up from behind St. Paul's ahead. Imagine that they are swooping down towards the bridge.

Now turn and run back the way you came as quickly as you can to see if you would stand any chance of getting off the bridge before the Death Eaters destroyed it!

Ahead of you as you backtrack off the Bridge is Tate Modern.

Having destroyed the Millennium Bridge the Death Eaters swoop up and over this structure.

Turn right off the Millennium Bridge to descend the grey stone ramp and keep ahead along the asphalt path.

When you arrive at a rail to your right keep ahead, go down the ramp and bear sharp right and pause on the left outside:-

CARDINAL CAP HOUSE - A SLICE OF HISTORY

As you gaze upon this old Bankside building you really are not only looking upon a genuine piece of local history but you are also looking upon a structure that, in some ways, has even had its own history invented for it!

Cardinal Cap House.

The present building, which probably dates from the 1700's, is the sole survivor of a line of houses that once stood here.

There is a plaque on the front of the house which commemorates this as the house in which Sir Christopher Wren lived during the rebuilding of St. Paul's Cathedral on the opposite bank of the river.

It makes for a delightful flight of fancy to picture Wren gazing from these time-worn windows watching his masterpiece take shape across the river.

But it must remain just a flight of fancy since St. Paul's was almost complete when this house was built around 1710 and anyway Wren's addresses are well known and this most certainly wasn't amongst them!

The plaque also makes the even more implausible claim that Catherine of Aragon spent a night here in 1502 on her first arrival in England.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE THIRTEEN

Which Star Sign is to the left of this

Woman with basket a clue on the London Harry Potter Locations Treasure Hunt.

TOUR DIRECTIONS

Backtrack and keep ahead, passing on the right the entrance to Shakespeare's Globe, which if time permits is well worth a visit.

Continue ahead along Bankside and, immediately after Pizza Express, go right into Bear Gardens. Pause immediately on the left where, beneath the "Real Greek" sign is:-

THE OLD FERRYMAN'S STOOL
A RELIC OF BYGONE LONDON

The Ferryman's seat.

As it says on the plaque, this stool (or to be more precise granite seat built into the wall) is of uncertain age but is generally thought to be of 'ancient origin'.

In the days when just one bridge, London Bridge, spanned the River Thames, a ferryman used to sit here and wait to ferry people back over the River Thames to the City of London.

DIRECTIONS TO THE NEXT STOP

Keep ahead along Bear Gardens and go left at the top on to Park Street. Pass under the bridge and pause on the right by the plaque that marks the site of the Original Globe Theatre.

THE SITE OF SHAKESPEARE'S
ORIGINAL GLOBE PLAYHOUSE
The plaque of Shakespeare's Globe Playhouse.

There is an interesting exhibition behind the plaque that gives a full history of Shakespeare's time in London and of the Globe Playhouse itself.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE FOURTEEN

Who is she hailing?

Lady.

HARRY POTTER LOCATIONS DIRECTIONS

Continue along Park Street, crossing over Porter Street.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE FIFTEEN

Who is this?

Dr Johnson.

You'll find him on the wall to your right when you reach the other side of Porter Street.

NEXT STOP DIRECTIONS

Once over Porter Street cross to the left side of Park Street and turn left at the end to keep ahead past the Anchor Tavern on to Bankend.

Go left then turn right up the red brick steps to the riverside and pause by the rail.

To your left is:-

SOUTHWARK BRIDGE ANOTHER
HARRY POTTER FILM LOCATION

In the broomstick flight scene in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Harry and the members of the order are shown flying towards Southwark Bridge albeit the bridge is out of sequence for the direction they are flying from.

Having flown through docklands, they are shown flying towards Southwark Bridge to your left. But the next scene shows them heading away from Tower Bridge and passing HMS Belfast which are in fact located beyond London Bridge to your right. Perhaps a magic spell caused the bridge to move?

Your flight through the Harry Potter London walk
continues by following this link.

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