Tuesday, 14 August 2012
Harry Potter Studio Tour
Entry is timed to prevent massive crowds, and it's brilliantly staffed and organised. Plan to spend at least three hours wandering through and poring over the detail. There is an outdoors area in the middle of the tour where you can eat a picnic and I would recommend bringing your own sandwiches - only the egg and cheese ones were left at the refreshment stand by about 1.30pm and they are very expensive. You can buy Butterbeer, which tasted like an odd mixture of yellow-tinted cream soda topped with marshmallow fluff to me.
The merchandise shop is well stocked and will part you from your money. Wands and scarves are £25 each, and there are replica wands of many of the characters. The staff member at the wand tester table can help you find the perfect wand for you through a series of questions. Mr London cheated terribly to make sure he ended up with Neville Longbottom's, and Miss London didn't want to take any risk that she might not get Luna Lovegood, so didn't go through the process and just grabbed the wand. I am much too mature for all that nonsense - so picked Bellatrix Lestrange's wand myself ;)
The chocolate is very expensive - an admittedly solid chocolate frog (150g) was £8. The house robes are £75 each (Miss London was tempted until she realised that'd be all of her saved up birthday money blown).
The website is at www.wbstudiotour.co.uk. If you live in or are visiting London/England and are a Harry Potter fan I'd thoroughly recommend it.