Here in Vienna one can’t throw a Mozart kugel without hitting schlocky souvenirs of Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth. Or Gustav Klimt. Or Mozart. London souvenir shops, in contrast, are far more discreet in their tacky royal souvenir offerings, and even more so in their Harry Potter giftware selections. One tourist activity London does offer, though, is a “Harry Potter Tour,” and the three of us spent a pleasant afternoon walking about the city in the footsteps of The Boy Who Lived.
Our guide took us through several film locations, pointing out interesting historical facts about London along the way, as well. Our favorite destination on the tour was Cecil Court, just off Charing Cross Road, and the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
The one and only Harry Potter store is conveniently located adjacent to Platform 9 3/4, and is chockablock with chocolate frogs, Bertie Botts Beans and an outpost of Olivander’s Wand Shop.