HARRY POTTER LONDON - NEWS
NEW HARRY POTTER SHOP
AND NEW LOOK PLATFORM 9 3/4
For those visiting Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross the trolley embedded in the wall has had a facelift. They have now stacked several trunks on it and have added an owl's cage!
But the big news from King's Cross is that, in December 2012, a new shop opened just past Platform 9 3/4 and nor visitors can purchase all sorts of merchandise, wands, jumpers, even horcruxes, at the Harry Potter Shop.
We will be updating the Harry Potter Tour next week to incorporate this new addition to the Harry Potter London landscape.
NEW DIY MONSTER HUNT IN SPITALFIELDS
Since J.K. Rowling is not producing any more Harry Potter, and the last film is now a distant memory, there's no longer the opportunity to add further locations to the Harry Potter Tour.
But, London is such a great city to explore and so I have put together a brief Spitalfields Monster Hunt so that you can take the kids on a safari through one of London's lesser known districts and keep them busy looking for the monsters that have begun appearing in the streets!
NEW LOOK FOR THE HARRY POTTER TOUR WEBSITE
On May 9th 2011 the new look Harry Potter website was launched.
The new site offers more features to ensure you enjoy a great time on your Harry Potter Tour of London.
The Harry Potter Treasure Hunt and Quiz has now been added to the download as a separate attachment so that you can choose whether you wish to include it or not.
The tour was walked on 8th May 2012 and the changes incorporated into the latest version of the PDF download. These include the re-opening of the riverside walkway on the south side of Blackfriars Bridge after three years of building work.
The Big news is we now have a dedicated Facebook page on which would like to invite you to post any photos of yourselves taking the tour, make observations that might help us improve the tour, and ask any questions you may have about either the tour or London in general.
NEW LOCATION FOR PLATFORM 9 3/4
On Monday March 26th 2012 the Harry Potter locations walk was changed to include the new location for Platform Nine-and-Three-Quarters.
For the last three years a major rebuilding project has been going on at King's Cross Station with the result that Platform 9 3/4 has moved its location several times.
The renovations were completed recently and, on 19th March 2012, the newly refurbished station was opened to the public.
Platform 9 and 3/4 is now located close to Platforms 9 and 10 and the free Harry Potter tour of London has now been updated to include this new location.
So if you downloaded the PDF before March 19th please go to our download page and get the most up to date version.
HARRY POTTER ROUTE RE-WALKED
The Harry Potter Tour route was re-walked on 27th November 2011 and so is now nicely up to date.
We've been getting some great feedback from people who have taken the tour and enjoyed it immensely.
With the Christmas holidays almost upon us why not get out in London and enjoy the free Harry Potter tour that will take you to some great parts of London.
THE HARRY POTTER TOUR OF LONDON VIDEO PAGE
The first instalments of the Harry Potter Tour of London videos went live on 26th July 2011.
As well as being able to watch WarnerBrosPictures footage of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two premiere, you can also watch footage of some of the scenes as they were being filmed on the streets of London. Over the next few days the other videos of the Harry Potter film location sites will be going live so be sure to check back.
LATEST UPDATED VERSION
NEW HARRY POTTER TOUR IS NOW LIVE
The new version of the Harry Potter London Tour was finished on Saturday 23rd July and is now completely up to date.
A few important direction changes were added at King' Cross Station, which aren't major changes but do enhance the tour.
If you got the PDF before 23rd July be sure to request the new version so that you benefit from the fully up to date tour.
This new version starts from Leicester Square Underground Station Exit One and visit the locations that feature in the latest, and last, Harry Potter film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part Two, as well as the locations featured in all the previous movies, so it is the most comprehensive version.
If you have the version that starts from Temple Station please disregard it and send an email to Harry Potter Tour London to receive your free copy of the latest tour.
NEW TOUR GOING LIVE 22ND JULY
The new version of the Harry Potter London Tour will go live on 22nd July 2011
The new version is bang up to date, featuring the locations used in Deathly Hallows Two.
There will also be a new start point, Leicester Square Underground Station, from where you will plunge into Harry Potter film locations immediately.
So be sure to drop by and get your new improved version of the Harry Potter London Tour.
HARRY POTTER NEWS JULY 18TH 2011
The Free Harry Potter London Tour is currently being updated to include the locations from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two.
As part of my commitment to making this an easy to follow free London walk I will also be adding a video guide to the Harry Potter London film locations so that you will be able to view the route and the locations before you set out on the Harry Potter Tour.
I have been filming the walk over the last few days and hope that the update and the new video of the entire walk will go live on 26th July 2011.
JULY 2011 UPDATE
PLATFORM 9 3/4 MOVES AGAIN
With the ongoing work at King's Cross Station Platform 9 3/4 has done another vanishing act and has moved to outside the station!
Platform 9 3/4 is now located just to the right of the main entrance into King's Cross Station on the Euston Road. The Harry Potter Tour has been updated to include this change.
MARCH 2010 UPDATE ON THE
HARRY POTTER TOUR OF LONDON
THE HARRY POTTER ACTORS PHOTO
HAS GONE FROM THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
The photograph of the Harry Potter actors has been taken down in the National Portrait Gallery and has gone into storage.
You might want to still make a stop off at the Gallery, but you won't find the photo of the actors there anymore.
LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO DO OVER EASTER 2010?
With Easter rapidly approaching we are reaching that annual time when thoughts turn towards things to do with the kids in London over the Easter Holidays.
We've completed the March walkthrough of the Harry Potter London Tour so it is nicely up to date. So why not spend a day in London over the Easter period and download this popular one of our free London walks?
Just go to our Harry Potter Tour download page, request the pdf and within moments it will land in your inbox as if by magic!
THE LATEST UPDATE TO
THE HARRY POTTER TOUR OF LONDON.
The latest version (version 5) of the Harry Potter London walk was completed on 21st September 2009. The East Bound Thames footpath, which you join up with on the other side of Blackfriars Bridge, has now closed for the building work associated with the expansion and redevelopment of Blackfriars Station. The new directions for this section of the tour are as follows:
Having crossed over Blackfriars Bridge, pass Doggett's Coat and Badge on the right, then go left over the crossing to cross the main road towards the grey building with the trees outside it. Veer right on the other side and keep ahead until you reach the junction at the traffic lights. Go left along Southwark Street, pass under the blue railway bridge.
Go first left along Hopton Street and cross cautiously to its right side.
When the road bears right cross over and keep ahead to pass the Falcon Piazza sign. Beyond this go through the covered passage that passes under the light brown brick building. Turn right on its other side, keep ahead, passing Starbucks on your right, then go left up the steps towards the Founders Arms Pub.
Once past it veer left and walk to the riverside rail, turning right in front of it. Follow it and when it bears left pause and look across the Thames at a magnificent view of the dome of St. Paul's Cathedral. From this point the Harry Potter London Tour joins up with the main route as per version four.
THE LATEST UPDATE OF
THE HARRY POTTER LONDON TOUR.
The latest version (version 4) of the Harry Potter Tour of London was completed on 29th July 2009 and is now available as a free PDF download. The new film Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince has been included in the new version, albeit London didn't feature a great deal in this latest movie.
The new locations include Trafalgar Square, St Martin in the Fields, Leicester Square Underground Station, the Millennium Bridge and Tate Modern. The Millennium Bridge comes under attack from the Death Eaters in the new film in what is a truly dramatic (not to say slightly terrifying) London scene.
Our new version of the Harry Potter London walk asks you to stand on the bridge and imagine the Death Eaters swooping down towards you. You are then asked to see how long it would take you to get off the bridge before they wreak devastation around you.
In addition the National Portrait Gallery has been included on the new Harry Potter Tour as this year, 2009, they are displaying a photo of the Harry Potter Actors, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint.
The building work is still going on around King's Cross Station, but Platform nine and three quarters (albeit it's location has been moved temporarily whilst the construction goes on around it).
The section of the walk from Blackfriars Bridge to the Millennium Bridge is also affected by building work at the moment. This section of the Thames Path will be closing in September as part of the rebuilding project for Blackfriars Station. The walk will be updated to incorporate this when the building work begins.
HARRY POTTER LONDON - NEWS
PLATFORM NINE-AND-THREE-QUARTERS HAS MOVED
As if by magic Platform Nine-And-Three-Quarters has upped sticks and moved! Is this some fiendish Death Eaters Plot to stop the wizarding fraternity boarding the Hogwarts Express? Not exactly.
King's Cross Railway Station is currently undergoing a major refurbishment and because of building work it has been deemed necessary to move this Harry Potter London landmark.
But do not despair, it is still possible to visit Platform 9 3/4 by following these directions.
Keep ahead along Platform 8 of King's Cross Railway Station. You will pass the Ticket Office and the Lost Property Office, both of which will be on your left. Immediately after you have passed the bike stands on the left, look left and up where you will see a sign that states "No entry to Platforms 9, 10 and 11."
Of course it makes no mention of there being no entrance to Platform 9 3/4 so simply walk underneath it and, there on the left is:
NEW DIRECTIONS TO THE END OF THE WALK
Typically the building works have also resulted in the closure of the entrance to the underground station in King's Cross. Don't panic though! The entrance is now located a little further along by following these directions.
Backtrack along platform 8. Keep straight ahead till you arrive at the entrance to the Underground Station on the left, which is where you Harry Potter London Locations Tour ends.
HARRY POTTER LONDON - NEWS
THE MILLENNIUM BRIDGE DESTROYED!
The Millennium Bridge destroyed by the Death Eaters in Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince. When you walk past the Millennium Bridge on the Harry Potter London Tour you might want to pause and give a thought to its dramatic fate in the latest Harry Potter film.
In a scene that is guaranteed to send shivers down the spines of Muggles and Mud Bloods the Death Eaters unleash havoc on central London. The scene shows them flying over Trafalgar Square, past The Gherkin and then down the Millennium Bridge where they unleash an attack that sees it buckle, bend and then......... Well we don't want to spoil the surprise but let's just say the Millennium Bridge might have wobbled when it first opened, but it wobbles a whole lot more when the Death Eaters come a calling!