DISCOVER THE LOCATION OF GRINGOTTS BANK

THE HARRY POTTER TOUR

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HARRY POTTER TOUR DIRECTIONS

Turn left out of Temple Underground Station. Go up the steps, off which bear right, go over the crossing, veer right along Temple Place and pause on the left outside:-

NUMBER TWO TEMPLE PLACE
FORMERLY THE ASTOR ESTATE OFFICE.

Although this flamboyant building boasts an exquisite exterior, and most certainly would not look out of place in Tudor London, it is in fact relatively modern.

Two Temple Place, the first stop on the Harry Potter Tour of London.

It dates from 1895 when it was built for the immensely wealthy American William Waldorf Astor.

It was constructed to his own detailed specifications and when completed he used it as his residence and estate office.

It is your first stop on the Harry Potter Tour and, although it has never been used as a Harry Potter film Location, one can't help feeling that it would probably make an ideal setting for a school of wizardry or even a setting for a Magical Ministry.

Its exterior boasts much to occupy the children so get them ready and see if they can find the following.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE SEVEN

Who will be first to spot this?

Face from the Astor Estate Office on the Harry Potter Tour.

THE GILDED CARAVEL - CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

Look up at the magnificent weather vane that surmounts the building.

The Golden Weather vane ship.

This gilded caravel was intended as a representation of Christopher Columbus's Santa Maria, the vessel that took him to America.

WALK DIRECTIONS

Just after Number Two Temple Place go left into Milford Lane and keep ahead to ascend the long flight of steps underneath the brick arch and keep ahead along Essex Street.

However don't go too fast because the next clue is located on Essex Street.

So slow the pace and set the next treasure hunt challenge on your Harry Potter Tour.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE EIGHT

As you walk see if you can find this face?

A face that is a clue on the treasure hunt around London.

HARRY POTTER TOUR DIRECTIONS

Keep going to the top of Essex Street (there are toilets in the middle of the road opposite should they be required) go left along Strand. On arrival at its junction with Arundel Street, go right over the traffic lights and on your right is the Church of St Clement Danes.

ORANGES AND LEMONS SAY THE BELLS OF ST. CLEMENTS

This famous rhyme has been sung by generations of children.

The rhyme "Oranges and Lemons" has, over the centuries appeared in varied versions and it has been suggested that  it originated with a street dance in the course of which people danced through the streets to the ringing of the bells.

There is some debate as to which church the rhyme is about as St Clement Eastcheap (over near the Tower of London) claims to be the actual church being referred to on account of the fact that there was once a market that sold oranges close to old London Bridge, which was very close to St Clements's Eastcheap.

However, those who favour St Clement Danes as the "Oranges and Lemons" Church point out that it was customary for ships to offload their cargoes to the west of the City of London, on what is now the Victoria Embankment where your Harry Potter Tour began, in order that they might avoid the City's expensive harbour dues. In those days the churchyard of St Clement Danes reached down to the riverbank and cargoes were transported through it to Clare Market, where the London School of Economics now stands.

The church probably made a charge on all fruit that passed through its churchyard and thus this was the church where the tolls were collected for "Oranges and Lemons".

HARRY POTTER TOUR DIRECTIONS

The church is open to the public 7 days a week from 9am to 4pm unless there is a service on. Make your way inside where there is an information board giving a detailed history of the Church and of the origins of the rhyme "Oranges and Lemons". The next Harry Potter Tour Treasure Hunt Challenge is also inside this wonderful church.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE NINE

Can you find the Rats Tails inside the Church?

If you time your arrival to arrive at the church at 9am, Noon, 3pm, 6pm, and 9pm, you can listen to the church bells chime "Oranges and Lemons say the bells of St Clements."

HARRY POTTER TOUR DIRECTIONS

Exit the church and go straight ahead to cross over the smaller road and keep ahead to pause outside:-

AUSTRALIA HOUSE
GRINGOTTS BANK HARRY POTTER FILM LOCATION

Australia House, Gringotts bank in the Harry Potter films.

The Australian High Commission in London, the glorious marble interior of Australia House became the interior for Gringotts, the wizards bank run by goblins in the Harry Potter films.

The filming was done inside the building, which is not normally open to the public, although a glimpse of the sumptuous interior can be obtained with a discreet peep through the doors!

What is clearly visible by looking through the glass doors is the magnificent crystal chandelier that is a prominent feature of Gringotts banking hall in the films; particularly in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part Two, when Harry, Ron, Hermione and the goblin, come to the bank to remove the horcrux from Bella Lestrange’s vault.

Harry, Ron and Hermione then make their escape on a back of the dragon which flies up from the vaults.

The first the Goblins - who are working at their desks on both sides of the hall – are aware that things aren’t quite right is when the chandelier begins to shake.

Suddenly the dragon smashes through the floor and hits the chandelier which then crashes to the floor.

Fortunately, it appears that a wizard was on hand to repair and re-hang the chandelier!

TOUR DIRECTIONS

Continue ahead, passing to the left of Australia House and cross over Melbourne Place.

Go left and over the two traffic light crossings on the other side of which bear left.

LONDON TREASURE HUNT CHALLENGE TEN

Who has made translations of Kurt Weill's opera Silver Lake and Bizet's Carmen.

TO THE NEXT LOCATIONS

Go first right into Surrey Street and keep ahead, passing the former Aldwych Station on your right.

ALDWYCH STATION - THE GHOST LINE

Aldwych Station opened on 30th November 1907 and, for the next 87 years, a shuttle service ran back and forth between it and Holborn Underground Station.

The last train carrying the general public departed from the station on the evening of 30th September 1994, and today Aldwych is maintained by London Underground, mainly as a museum piece and film set, whilst the ticket hall is frequently rented out for art exhibitions, book launches and other private functions.

It is without doubt the most used of the disused stations on the Underground and numerous films and television programmes have been shot in its cavernous depths.

It stands on the site of the Royal Strand Theatre, which was demolished in 1905.

This may account for the ghostly actress who is often seen strolling along the tracks at night. Indeed, the ‘fluffers’ – those whose job it was to clean the tunnels and stations on the underground at night - often used to encounter her melancholic shade and several of them were, reportedly, absolutely terrified by the experience.

DIRECTIONS

Continue along Surrey Street and, a little further along, go right through the brick arch into Surrey Steps.

Go down the steps, turn tight along Strand Lane and pause on the right outside the:

ROMAN BATH - STRAND LANE

PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE GATES ARE CLOSED
AT WEEKENDS AND ON PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

Although no one is sure exactly how old this ‘antiquity’ actually is, many writers, Dickens included, have referred to it as Roman. Dickens is said to have taken many a cold plunge in its icy waters, and sent David Copperfield to do likewise.

The bath is open, according to the board outside, from 10am to 12.30pm and admission is free.

Outside of these hours the bath can be viewed through the window, and what is known of its history can be read on a board outside.

If you have a group you can arrange to have the Bath opened for you specially. Phone 020 7641-2000 to make the arrangements.

TO THE NEXT STOP

Backtrack to descend Strand Lane and, at the far end, having passed through the black gates, turn right along Temple Place, at the end of which veer left over the crossings and cross to the black statue of Isambard Kingdom Brunel opposite.

Pass to the right of the Statue and keep ahead along Victoria Embankment walking towards the solitary red phone box in the distance.

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