London via Platform 9 ¾: A Harry Potter-Style Guide

Because, unfortunately, you can’t really holiday in Hogsmeade


When the clock strikes twelve and Ron, Harry, and Hermione turn back into Rupert Grint, Daniel

Radcliffe, and Emma Watson, they enjoy culinary delights all over London. These eateries may not serve butterbeer, but the actors seem to have found something on their menus to enjoy. They’ve been spotted dining at restaurants like Automat and The Wolseley, which are highly recommended even without their Potter-approved status. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/Adriana Lukas)

Automat’s dinner menu is mouth-watering with classic American brasserie cuisine on offer. Think iceberg wedges with blue cheese and bacon, crab cakes, the Automat burger, and a lemon sole. Now that Harry and friends are 21, they can also indulge in Automat’s thorough wine list.

The Wolseley has reached iconic status on London’s dining scene. Just near Piccadilly Circle, the fancy, old world décor makes the perfect afternoon tea setting. Tuck into your expertly prepared and presented dessert and keep a subtle eye out for Emma Watson sitting across the room. 

Once you’ve had your fill of London’s magical locales, hop a train to Oxford where Hogwarts was once

in session. Take your time in Oxford by booking a room at Malmaison and exploring the college like the wizarding students once did. Find Hogwarts library at the Bodleian Library on the university’s campus and the Great Hall (pictured) at Christ Church College. Oxford’s cloisters and gardens once hosted Harry and his colleagues while the Divinity School was used as Hogwarts’ hospital in many of the films, as well. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/JKleeman)

Once you’ve worked up an appetite in Oxford, stop into Brasserie Blanc for a bite and the Rose and Crown pub for a pint.

Traveling even further afoot should prove a welcomed prospect for true fans. And while you may not be able to ride the Hogwart’s Express, you can hop aboard any other train bound for Northumberland to see where the students once played Quidditch and learned to fly on broomsticks — Alnwick Castle. Once you’re there, you may as well book it just a bit farther north to soak up the scene where it all began.

Edinburgh’s Elephant House is where J. K. Rowling once sat penning the early Harry Potter novels with a view of Edinburgh Castle before her.