Magical things to do in and around London

Do you and your family have a trip to London planned? Perhaps you’re looking for ideas for things to do that will appeal to all ages? Here are some suggestions for activities that most family members can enjoy, regardless of age.

Since opening its doors three years ago, the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour in Leavesden Hertfordshire has been a wild success. Only twenty minutes by train from London Euston, Potter fans have flocked to see the sets where the franchise was filmed. You can see the Hogwarts Castle, Dumbledore’s office, the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and more, exactly how they appeared on screen. Recognise key props such as the sorting hat, Nimbus 2000 and Gryffindor’s sword and relive the drama of the books and films in exquisite detail as every bit of the Potter stories from all eight films is recreated. There are plenty of opportunities to see behind the scenes and discover the secrets of the costumes, animatronics and special effects that made the films so special.

Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour

General admission to the attraction costs £33 for adults and £25.50 for children (5 -15). Those under age four enter for free. Pay a little extra (£35.45) and receive the combination of studio tour ticket, digital guide and paperback souvenir. Family tickets cost £101 and cover either two adults and two children, or one adult and three children. Enhance your visit with a flight on a broomstick or some frothing Butterbeer in the canteen and don’t forget to get your activity passport stamped. For serious fans of Harry Potter, this premier attraction in London is simply one you cannot afford to miss.

Harry Potter Studios

Other attractions

If you have the energy after the high excitement of the Harry Potter tour, why not catch some other London highlights? For ideas and information about things to do in London seek out a tourist information centre – they offer advice on attractions, tickets and directions. Look out for blue signs with a white “i” for information. 

What about a spin on the London Eye Ferris wheel? Offering views over the city skyline, a slow turn on the wheel gives ample time to absorb the beauty of this fine metropolis. Buy tickets in advance to avoid queuing.

London Eye

Take a Thames River Boat cruise to Greenwich and stop off to see The Cutty Sark Tea Clipper in her concrete berth. The Maritime Museum close by is worth visiting for its seafaring exhibits and a trip up the hill to the famous Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park means you can see the location of the prime meridian for yourself.

Thames river boat cruises

Head back up river again and visit Madame Tussaud’s waxwork museum on Marylebone Road. Check out their latest wax models for accuracy and take a tour around the famous and infamous mannequins on display.

The West End Theatre scene in London is known globally for its outstanding productions. Booking tickets to a show with dinner beforehand is a popular family treat after a days sightseeing or shopping.

West End Theatres

So if you are heading to the London area to check out the premier attraction of Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour, remember there are other attractions you can see afterwards. Allow plenty of time for the studio tour (at least three hours) and then travel back to the city lights for more fun and thrills.