Did you know that you can actually take magic lessons in a castle, or sign a wall in the cafe where J.K. Rowling began to write the famous series? Potterheads who love history, fun book and movie facts, and endless amounts of Harry Potter memorabilia should — no, must — visit these themed spots all over the world. From majestic castles and train rides over rolling Scottish hillsides to historic hotels and secret wizarding shops, Muggles fulfilling this Harry Potter travel bucket list will be…
Secret Bars in London The Nightjar This award-winning clandestine lounge proves London can do Prohibition-era bars right, perhaps so right you might feel like you’re in a New York speakeasy. If the dark, moody design doesn’t get you, the live jazz certainly will. 129 City Road; barnightjar.com
A Londoner's Bucket List - Quirky, Alocholic & Off The Beaten Track
If you want to have a more local experience, consider staying in up-and-coming East London. The Ace Hotel opened its London outpost in the trendy Shoreditch neighborhood (the equivalent of Williamsburg in Brooklyn), while the new Hotel RE is a good bargain in the Bethnal Green area. Not only are the lodgings less expensive, but so are the restaurants and shops.
There are so many things to see and do — both big and small — but it's the Harry Potter World hacks you have to look out for. While there, we discovered some secrets in both the Hogsmeade/Hogwarts and Diagon Alley sections of the park, ones that any true fan should definitely not miss out on.