When we received orders to the United Kingdom, I felt like we hit the jackpot. I had visions of tea in London, driving through the rolling hills of the English countryside and discovering the complex and amazing history of the four countries that comprise the U.K.
When planning a trip to England, it’s easy to stay within the confines of London. And why not? London is full of amazing things — plenty of history, award-winning theater, shopping, and of course, fantastic food.
On a train from Manchester to London King’s Cross station, the idea for the Harry Potter series came to J.K. Rowling and she immediately started writing. The plots were outlined over the course of five years, and the first of seven books was published in June 1997.
My hands were shaking as I clasped the rough stone railing of the Charles Bridge and peered down at the black waters of the Vltava River rushing below. The iconic twin-spires of the Týn Church loomed against the night sky as fog edged in over the city.
If you’re missing the hustle and bustle of big cities, head to London. This city is one that never sleeps as it offers many things to do. Whether you’re stationed near London or have found a cheap flight, consider this itinerary that even Her majesty would approve of.
Although the first day of winter isn’t officially until Dec. 21, the first snowfalls have already dusted both real worlds and fictional ones, like Hogwarts in London.
The world of Harry Potter would be magical any time of the year – but it truly sparkles for the Christmas Yule Ball.
Harry Potter fans can soon discover what it was like to eat a meal at the majestic tables in the Great Hall. On Aug. 20 and 27, muggles (non-magical folks) will have the chance to enjoy an exclusive event at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London — Breakfast at Hogwarts!