Harry Potter superfan? These terrific London experiences will have you feeling magical in no time. It might have been over two decades since JK Rowling’s first novel started the whole shebang, but the brilliant books and films of the Harry Potter world continue to captivate children and adults all over the globe.
In London, you can visit the studios where all eight films were made, run into a wall at Platform 9¾ and take a tour of the famous landmarks featured in the movies. Here's how to transform yourself from muggle to wizard for the day in London.
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Pique-Nique is a charmingly traditional French restaurant in Bermondsey from the folks behind Casse-Croûte. It’s in an odd building – a sort of mock-Tudor outhouse on the edge of Tanner Street Park, with an intimate dining room, an open kitchen and a rather kitsch, 1960s-style bar. Staff are affable and wonderfully French, sometimes incomprehensibly so. Likewise the menu. If your lingo isn’t up to snuff, Google Translate could be useful. The food here is gutsy, rustic and extremely comforting. The bread, ever a useful French litmus test, was wonderful: both crunchy and chewy and, even better, slicked with an outrageous chestnut butter. I started proper with a light, creamy stew of crab and crevettes, with floating dumplings of chicken meat. It was marvellous: paprika-flecked and deeply flavourful. So was an intense champignon consommé, half submerging a disc of girolle ’shrooms – both earthy as hell and terribly refined. Close your eyes and you could almost be in rural France. Of the mains, ‘perdix, châtaigne and choux vert’ was best: the dainty partridge’s legs and breast served tender and pink, perched on top of a charred hunk of cabbage and under half a braised shallot. The châtaigne (chestnut) appeared twice: puréed and strung through the bird’s jus, and in miniature, desiccated and chewy. It was a mass of brown, in a good way; autumn on a plate and quite satisfying. There’s no denying that this is almost anachronistic stuff. It’s also refreshing in its knowing ignoran
Venue says: “Come and enjoy our daily changing plat du jour for lunch for £14.50, Monday to Friday.”