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 you can pretend 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.
Harry Potter a History of Magic at the British Library
Until February 28th, you can delve into a world of witchcraft and wizardry at The British Library. This new exhibition takes you on a spellbinding journey through the magic and myth that inspired the Harry Potter books. On display for the first time are original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay. Find out more about the exhibition here.
Other Harry Potter related fun
The sorcerers at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London have conjured up an Elixirs and Potions cocktail menu inspired by the 20th anniversary of the publishing of Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone.
In the Booking Office Bar, you can try The Elixir of Love – a dazzling sharing punch presented inside a cauldron, or Minty Toad For The Road, a wizarding take on the after dinner mint.
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. Find out more here.