Harry Potter Bus Tour in London
The very first part of our Harry Potter weekend experience in London was to get on a bus tour of Harry Potter locations with BritMovieTours. We had already been on a great Game of Thrones bus tour in Northern Ireland with that company, so we had high expectations. We’re happy to say this Harry Potter bus tour did not disappoint and that we’re glad that BritMovieTours hosted us for this review!
What you have to know about BritMovieTours’ Harry Potter Bus Tour in London
The London bus tour and the guides
The guides explained from the start that the tour could last between 2:30 hours and 3:30 because the London traffic can be quite unpredictable! We honestly didn’t notice the traffic, even if our guides told us a few times that they had to find another way to the next stop because of diverted routes. Which showed their professionalism and perfect knowledge of the area! It also allows you to do somewhat of a London bus tour while catching all the Harry Potter locations, not bad for the (grand)parents who might not be total Potterheads!
In the end, our Harry Potter London bus tour took a bit less than 3 hours, not including the Platform 9 3/4 since it’s where the tour ends and is not included in the experience (which is good, and you should absolutely skip it if you’re planning to go to the Warner Bros Studios!). Special thanks to our group’s guide, who was very talkative (something you should look for in a guide!), extremely knowledgeable, and quite funny!
Let the Harry Potter London bus tour begin…
Driving by Gringotts Wizarding Bank and the Savoy Hotel
The Ministry of Magic : Scotland Place
Driving by Westminster Station and the Lambeth Bridge
Second Stop: St Paul’s Cathedral and the Wibbly Wobbly bridge (Millenium Bridge)
The two locations of the Leaky Cauldron : Borough Market and Leadenhall Market
On our way to the first location of the Leaky Cauldron, I’m proud to say that I earned 10 points to Slytherin by answering right to a question!
Ahem, back to the tour!
Did you know that two different locations in London have been used to film the Leaky Cauldron? Well, now you do! One is at the very lively Borough Market – it’s now a Mexican Restaurant.
Driving by 12 Grimmauld Place: Claremont Square
End of the Harry Potter Bus Tour: Kings Cross St. Pancras:
Platform 9 3/4
Last word: how really was the Harry Potter bus tour with BritMovieTours?
It was great!
The big advantage of a Harry Potter bus tour – apart from not getting lost and not losing any time – is that the guides are incredible! They know everything there is to know – especially anecdotes you might not be aware of – and are hilarious! Also the bus tour is great when it’s cold outside. We had a whole Harry Potter weekend planned – and we knew we were going to walk A LOT, so the bus tour really was our best option (especially as it was freezing outside). It was comfortable and we got to see a lot of locations without any hassle!
Note that BritMovieTours also offers a Harry Potter walking tour that we haven’t tested but as this second experience with them has been a great success, we’re pretty sure you can trust them with all of their tours!