Saturday, 25 July 2015

London 4-Day Itinerary: Day Three

Read Day 1 here - British Museum and River Thames
Read Day 2 here - Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge
Read Day 3 here - Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Read Day 4 here - King's Cross and Harrod's

One of my most anticipated places to visit on this trip was The Making of Harry Potter at Warner Brothers Studio. I booked my ticket with Golden Tours because the Warner Bros. website was sold out of the time slot I wanted. Golden Tours included the bus ride and admission to the studio (GBP 63 each.)

Golden Tour's Harry Potter bus
There were two pick up points and I chose the Gloucester Place one. The Golden Tours instruction in the email was confusing about where the pick up point was. To get there, alight from Baker Street Station and turn right when you leave the station. Keep walking straight until you reach the street that says Gloucester Place and turn right to find the bus stop. The bus stop sign will say "Harry Potter Studio Tour."

Bus stop sign
The bus I took was scheduled for 10:10am but came at 10:20am. The double decker bus was completely full and we were given our admission tickets from the driver after boarding. The bus ride took about an hour to reach Leavesden where the studio was without any stops in between.

Exterior of the studio
Queuing up to enter!
The tour took about 2.5 hours depending on how slowly you went through and I really enjoyed myself! There were many props and behind the scenes designs on display which helped me appreciate the crew behind the movies even more. Ten years worth of Harry Potter films were shot at this studio and I was so happy to see each thing that linked to the different movies.

Great Hall
Gryffindor Common Room
There was a section where we could ride broom sticks in front of a green screen and pretend to fly while a video of scenery played behind us. It cost GBP 25 for a USB with the footage on it. Butter beer was GBP 3 next to Privet Drive.

The bus left the studio at 3:30pm and we were back at Victoria Station by 5pm.

Privet Drive
King's Cross Platform 9 3/4
Read Day 1 here - British Museum and River Thames
Read Day 2 here - Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge
Read Day 3 here - Warner Brothers Studio Tour
Read Day 4 here - King's Cross and Harrod's
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