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London's 18 Most Magical Harry Potter Sites

From the iconic Platform 9 ¾ to the lesser-known pedestrian streets, here are the top #HarryPotter sites in #London. #Travel

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Tower of London

Nowhere else does London's history come to life so vividly as it does in this minicity of 20 towers filled with heraldry and treasure, the intimate details of lords and dukes and princes and sovereigns etched in the walls (literally, in some places), and quite a few pints of royal blood spilled on the stones. Don't forget a visit to the Tower of London.

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Hampton Court Palace

The beloved seat of Henry VIII's court, sprawled elegantly beside the languid waters of the Thames, Hampton Court Palace really gives you two for the price of one: the magnificent Tudor red-brick mansion, begun in 1514 by Cardinal Wolsey to curry favor with the young Henry, and the larger 17th-century baroque building, which was partly designed by Christopher Wren (of St. Paul's fame).

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Westminster Abbey

A monument to the nation's rich—and often bloody—history, Westminster is one of London's most iconic sites.

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The globe theater

This spectacular theater is a replica of Shakespeare's open-roof, wood-and-thatch Globe Playhouse in London (built in 1599 and burned down in 1613), where most of the Bard's greatest works premiered.

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The Blackfriar

A step from Blackfriars Tube station in London, this spectacular pub has an Arts and Crafts interior that is entertainingly, satirically ecclesiastical, with inlaid mother-of-pearl, wood carvings, stained glass, and marble pillars all over the place.

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Claridges's Bar

Claridge's Bar in London is an elegant Mayfair meeting place remains unpretentious even when it brims with beautiful people.

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Buckingham Palace

When the Queen heads off to Scotland on her annual summer holiday, Buckingham Palace's 19 State Rooms open up to visitors.

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Philip Treacy

Magnificent hats by Treacy are annual showstoppers on Ladies Day at the Royal Ascot races and regularly grace the glossy magazines' society pages. Be sure to stop here when you're in London.

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National Gallery

Standing proudly on the north side of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery in London is truly one of the world's supreme art collections, with more than 2,300 masterpieces on show.

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