Witches, wizards, and muggles! One of London’s biggest Harry Potter celebrations returns to King’s Cross this September. ‘Back to Hogwarts’will be back with Butterbeer, LEGO Harry Potter giveaways, giant wand spinner and much more!
‘Back to Hogwarts’
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‘Back to Hogwarts’ is a yearly event held at King’s Cross on the 1st September every year to mark the departure of Hogwarts Express from platform 9 ¾.
The event originally began as a small fan gathering before turning into a huge international celebration. Now, Harry Potter fans travel to London from all over the world – many in costumes – to be part of the fun.
This year, the event runs from 1st – 3rd September, starting with the announcement of the train to Hogsmeade at 11am on 1st September. The countdown is followed by a Harry Potter themed tune, ‘Hedwig’s Theme’, by famous composer, John Williams.
During the three-day celebration, fun activities will keep all witches, wizards and muggles entertained. You can try Butterbeer, play Hogwarts Legacy on PlayStation5 (courtesy of Warner Bros. Games), snap magical photos at photo corners and participate in Harry Potter LEGO giveaways.
And that’s not all!
Spin Bloomsbury’s giant wand spinner to find out whose wand best suites to you and grab some free gifts!
To enhance your experience make sure you show up in your best Harry Potter outfit!
Do You Have Everything You Need for the Celebration?
Photo: Urban Adventurer
Do you have everything you need for the ‘Back to Hogwarts’ celebration? House robe, magic wand, spell book, train ticket, your acceptance letter…
London’s best Harry Potter fandom shop, House of Spells offers 10% OFF EVERYTING with the code ‘URBAN’ both in-store and online!
Whether you’re a brave Gryffindor, an ambitious Slytherin, a loyal Hufflepuff or a highly intelligent Ravenclaw, you’ll definitely find everything you need for your first day at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Harry Potter Movie Marathons
Cinemas will put Harry Potter movies back on big screens. ODEON will present Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on the 1st September weekend, while Everyman King’s Cross cinema will screen all 8 Harry Potter movies and selected Harry Potter movies nationwide.
If I say ‘London’, many of you probably say Big Ben, London Eye or Tower Bridge. But London is much more than that. It’s full of colourful hidden gems and colourful places, many of which look like scenes from a fairy tale.
In this blog post, I’ll show you the most colourful spots, corners, buildings, mews and streets in London. Some of them are even famous for something. Enjoy!
Notting Hill is the Heaven of colours. Levander, electric blue, lime green, peach and rose. There is a hidden gem around every corner waiting to be discovered.
Need a little sunshine in your life?
27 St Lukes Mews
Hands up, if you still love the iconic movie ‘Love Actually’ with Keira Knightley, Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant.
Remember Mark and Juliet’s “to me you are perfect” doorstep scene? Well, this is the iconic pink house from the scene.
Actually, the whole St Lukes Mews is as colourful as a rainbow.
Apart from its antique market, Portobello Road is most famous for its bohemian streets.
No, this is not a monochrome photo.
Who would not love living within these colourful walls.
A row of pastel buildings.
A quiet place in the middle of the city. If you’re on the hunt for a quiet yet romantic spot, Hillgate Place is definitely a choice.
This beige corner house is just perfect for a romantic photo shoot.
Loving this Instagrammable pink corner house.
Jameson Street is full of adorable little colourful houses.
Pretty in pink.
Would you live in a dreamy house like this?
And they lived happily ever after.
Camden Town is one of the craziest districts of London. If you want something out of the ordinary, you will definitely find it here. Camden Town is the district of peculiar shops, wondrous street art and colourful streets.
Dress up in matching colours.
You can find these vibrant colourful lights under the bridge when leaving Paddington Station.
Hidden gem within a couple of minutes walk from the station.
Identical buildings but no two colours are the same.
Carnaby Street is most famous for its extraordinary Christmas decoration and its cafes and shops. But you can find brilliant colours and sparks here in any season.
It’s worth to visit at night.
Covent Garden is a shopping and entertainment hub. There is always something to see here.
A lovely little place with hidden bars, cafés and of course, sparkling colours. A must-see.
Located in Conduit Court, Infinity Chamber encourages visitors to stop for five minutes and loose themselves within Infinity Chamber’s ever-changing vivid colours and silver mirrors.
Peggy Porschen is probably London’s dreamiest cake shop. Peggy Porschen is famous for their seasonal shop decoration, pink walls and Instagrammable cakes.
Holland Park is not just worth a visit for its beautiful park.
This pink corner house at Pottery Lane is a lovely hidden gem. What a spot for an epic photo!
Did you know that this googly-eyed pink front door belongs to the hip handbag label Hill & Friends’ founder, Emma Hill?
An impressive black and white building.
A floral building.
This 90-metre long underground light tunnel takes you from King’s Cross and St Pancras stations to Granary Square, where stylish shops and restaurants are waiting for you around the canal.
Did you know that the tunnel has also been used as a catwalk during London Fashion Week?
Hidden behind Paddington Station, Conduit Mews is a tiny little place with adorable rainbow houses.
Primrose Hill is villagelike area of grand Victorian terraces and pastel-coloured buildings and terraced houses.
Beautiful colourful Victorian buildings.
The Pink House the Inspired the Writer of the 101 Dalmatians
This is the real house that inspired the author of 101 Dalmatians.
Dodie Smith published his heart-warming book in 1956. He lived nearby, in Dorset Square and had 9 dalmatians, including one named Pongo.
He passed the pink house regularly on his daily walk with his dogs to Primrose Park and the house got him the inspiration to write his classic tale.
Shoreditch is a Mecca of colours. You will find entire buildings covered in graffiti here.
The Mosaic House
This private house belongs to the artist Carrie Reichardt, who started decorating her home with tiles in the ‘90s. As a result, the house and the two cars parking in front of it are covered in millions of tiles, telling hundreds of stories and containing hidden messages and references.
The front of the house is beautiful, but don’t forget go around and see the back of it, too.
Did you know that The Mosaic House is available for rend through Airbnb?
The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Museum was a private townhouse owned by Sir Richard Wallace, who built an extensive collection of furniture, paintings and arms and armour from the 17th and 18th century.
Each room has different flourish colour, making the museum super Instagrammable.
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