Calling all Potter fans!
As any fan of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series will know, King’s Cross is where students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry catch the Hogwarts Express.
In the wizarding world, Harry and his friends get to the platform by dashing through a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10. Meanwhile, in the real King’s Cross, platforms 9 and 10 are separated by tracks, but you can find a platform 9¾ on the wall in the station concourse.
Look out for a luggage trolley embedded in the wall, and make believe that you are off to start your magical school journey. The trolley is accessible at all hours, and you don’t have to pay to take your own photographs. You can have a professional photograph taken with a scarf in your house colours, which is then available for you to view and purchase inside the Harry Potter shop next door. The professional photographer is on hand between 9am and 9pm daily. Queues for the trolley can get busy during school holidays and festive periods – visit early to make sure you’re one of the first in line!
The Harry Potter Shop
The Harry Potter shop is also here. Styled to resemble Ollivander’s wand emporium, you can find time turners, horcruxes and games, as well as Hogwarts school jumpers in house colours and even full sets of robes. It’s a must for any Harry Potter fan worth their wand.
Places to eat and drink
There are lots of great family-friendly restaurants within walking distance. Head out of the station towards Regent’s Canal and take your pick. German Gymnasium, Vinoteca, Drake & Morgan, Dishoom, Happy Face Pizza and Plaza Pastor at Coal Drops Yard all have children’s menus. Click here to see the full listing of restaurants, bars and cafes in the neighbourhood.
Things to see and do in the area
If you’re bringing the kids to Platform 9¾, why not make a day of it and explore King’s Cross. The fountains at Granary Square are always a hit, and just off the square at the Coal Drops Yard shopping destination, the Samsung digital playground will open this summer. Click here for more ideas about things to see and do in the area. Or see the what’s on guide to time your visit with another event.
Other Harry Potter related fun
Granary Square Brasserie has teamed up with tea-shop neighbours Yumchaa to create the delicious Platform 9 3/4s cocktail. The tipple pairs Blue Voodoo tea with Creme de Bergamot and Chase Seville orange gin, and ‘magically’ changes colour.
Witches and wizards-in-training are not forgotten with the range of mocktails. The Lemon Bomb, fiery in both taste and sight, will enchant and amaze children, whilst the Butterscotch Brew, a tankard brimming with salted caramel, butterscotch and bubbles, is the perfect concoction for anyone with a sweet-tooth.