Whether you love Harry Potter or are yet to be converted, 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 King’s Cross station’s Platform 9¾, take a tour of the famous landmarks featured in the movies and much more. Here's how to transform yourself from muggle to wizard for a Harry Potter-inspired day out in London.
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Signed photos from many of Britain’s best-loved actors line the walls at l’Etoile, forming a great sea of thespian endorsement that fills every available space. The restaurant itself has been around for over a century, and its aesthetic is firmly of the old school; etched glass, red banquettes and starched linen remain the order of the day. The food is resolutely classic too: a ham hock terrine starter with apple chutney and sauce vierge is straight from the Left Bank; and a delicate double-baked mushroom soufflé is a well-judged French staple, served with a cool twist of chive crème fraîche. Main courses satisfied without enthralling. A light, fresh salmon and leek fish cake arrived with mushy peas and an endive salad, and corn-fed chicken accompanied by a mini kiev and red wine sauce was hearty yet undistinguished. There’s more imagination at work in the desserts. A light lemon tart came intriguingly topped with popping candy, and a hefty portion of rice pudding was decked with great shavings of caramelised pineapple. Elena’s faded grandeur and traditional dishes are part of its charm: this is a place for a nostalgic feed rather than an inspiring one.
Venue says: “Pre-theatre dining – two courses at £12.95 per person.”