Short read: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”
Long read: Harry Potter: “Can we find all this in London?” Hagrid aka Guide Richard: “If yeh know where to go.” Where to go on this wicked walking tour that burns with the hard, gem-like flame of film locations from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, The Prisoner of Azkaban, The Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. And that hits the sweet spots betwixt and between – the very best of mysterious, quirky, peculiar, curious, lost old London. It’s all very Harry Potter and Co. Guided by actor, adventurer and Prince of Potter Guides – he of the spookily perfect name – Richard Walker. Or as Daily Mail puts it, “actor Richard Walker delivers his Potter particulars with high-beam intensity and a goblet-of-fire voice. No one gets off the hook on this walk – Richard engages eyeball to eyeball with everybody and they love him!”*
HARRY POTTER TOUR – THE PRACTICALS
The Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk takes place every Sunday afternoon, year round, at 2.30 pm.
N.B. come the Summer London Walks programme – which kicks in on May 1 and runs through October 31 – Harry Potter Film Locations in the City also takes place every Wednesday afternoon at 2.30 pm.
To go on the Harry Potter Film Locations in the City walk meet Richard Walker just outside exit 3 (by the war memorial in front of the Royal Exchange) of BankTube. N.B. there’s a £3 charge for kids as this one’s for all ages. £10 adults, £8 for concs. The walk ends at St. Paul’sTube.
The other Harry Potter walk – Harry Potter on Location in London Town – takes place at 2.30 pm every Saturday afternoon from EmbankmentTube, the river exit.
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“London Walks offer the very best walking tours of the capital” The Travel Channel
It all comes down to the guiding – but don’t just take it from us.
*From the Daily Mail’s late Summer 2016 Best Guided Tours in Britain article. For the record, London Walks was the headline act. Out of the thousands of guided tours across the length and breadth of the country, the DM singled out 10 as “the best.” Three of the ten were London Walks tours: Richard’s Harry Potter Tour, David’s Dickens Walk and Richard Bartlett’s Stonehenge & Salisbury Tour. Our two London tours – Richard’s Harry Potter Walk and David’s Dickens Walk – made the running in London. I.E. London Walks was the only London touring company in the DM’s Winners’ Circle.
London Walks – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in London (Visit London)
London Walks – Winner, Best Tourism Experience in England (Visit Britain)
Let’s get it said once and for all. The Internet being the Internet (or Carny if you prefer) every walking tour company under the sun is forever up on its dunghill thumping its chest and bellowing, “look at me, my tours are the best.” Well, every walking tour company but one – London Walks. We don’t need to. Visit London, Visit Britain, the New York Times, the Telegraph, Time Out, Fodor’s, Frommer’s, the Daily Mail, Rick Steves, Let’s Go, the Toronto Globe & Mail, etc. etc. etc. say it for us.