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Harry Potter and The Crazy Sisters – part 2

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After you probably read the first part of our Harry Potter and the Crazy Sisters — a 4-day Harry Potter trip to London here comes the longer and even crazier part of Harry Potter and the Crazy Sisters – part 2. So after a longer explanation why we are crazy and how crazy we are, let’s dig right into list #2.

List #2, aka “if you are as crazy as we are …”

After talking about the Warner Bros. Studio Tour, the London Harry Potter Walking Tour and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play for our Harry Potter trip to London, let’s go deeper.

Harry Potter Escape Room

There seem to be already a couple of different Escape Rooms that are Harry Potter Themed. But, the one that appears to be the original one is Enigma Quest – School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And by original, I don’t mean that it has anything to do with Harry Potter or the brand. It just seems to be the best one. And I will give you my feedback as soon as I am back from our Harry Potter trip to London.

For all of you who have gotten so far, still don’t know what an Escape Room is and are not willing to lose focus by googling it right now, here comes a short introduction into the world of Escape Rooms. They are aka Exit the Room and, the basic concept is, that you are being locked up in a room from which you are trying to escape within 60 min. During the 1 hour, you are solving different puzzles, following some clues and trying to find hints, that will help you to escape some psycho, save the world or solve a murder. The topics and themes are as diversified as you can probably imagine. From fairytales to psycho laboratories, to zombie land, movie-themed once, to once where you have to find the Mafiosi or solve a mysterious crime or save the world from the next big villain.

I have done probably more than 20 escape rooms so far, and I can tell that the best among all of them have been in London, Singapore, and Vienna. Hmm … maybe that’s worth a blog post *thinking*.

Book your ticket

You can book your ticket right on their website, which is probably the most convenient way. But be aware that you should book this one, immediately after you have decided on your dates. I have been to London 4 times now, and I was always too late to book it for my stay. This time, we booked way in advance … talking here about four months in advance … you know, just to be safe 😉

They write on their website that the room is for 3-5 people. After checking with them, we are going to do this one just the 2 of us. Unfortunately, they didn’t bother to give us a better price. So we had to pay the room as if we would have been 3: £ 90

How to get there?

This Escape room also benefits from its really good location in the middle of London.

Enigma Quest Address
ENIGMA QUESTS, 2-12 WILSON STREET, LONDON, EC2M 7LS

Escape Room - Harry Potter trip to London

What does it cost?

As mentioned above the cost for two persons is £ 90, which is the same if you are 3. I will let you know if it was worth it.

Harry Potter trip to London

Harry Potter Afternoon Tea

What are the two things that come to your mind when you think about London? Well for me the two things are Harry Potter and Afternoon Tea. So what better way to spend some time on our Harry Potter trip to London by combining those two attractions into one great experience. I have been looking for a great afternoon tea in London for a long time and have stumbled across a couple of really nice ones that I would love to try. But unfortunately, we are on a pretty tight schedule and have just enough space to fit in only one Afternoon Tea. And because this is a Harry Potter trip to London I was super excited as I found a Harry Potter-themed afternoon tea, that we could fit into our schedule.

The Harry Potter-themed Afternoon tea that I have found and that we ended up booking is The Potion Room at Cutter & Squidge.

Book your ticket

We booked the tickets directly through their website – probably the easiest way to do that. The great thing about most of the Afternoon Teas I have researched is that they have several options available. I am talking wheat-free, vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free options. And The Potion Room seems to be no exception here. They offer all of those and a special Kids menu as well. Once again, to try out as much as possible, we went for a standard and one vegetarian option.

This specific Afternoon Tea is a 2-hour experience, where you will be treated to a delicious sweet and savory Afternoon Tea inspired by classic British flavors.

How to get there?

The Potion Room is located in the Cutter & Squidge Café in Soho, 20 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 0SJ. The nearest tube is Oxford Circle, Piccadilly Circus, or Leicester Square.

Harry Potter trip to London

What does it cost?

The price for this specific Afternoon tea is £49.50 for a Standard Adult Ticket and £79.50 for a VIP Full Price Ticket. The Standard Tickets include entry to the Potion Class experience and the full afternoon tea feast. While the full price (VIP) tickets include the full afternoon tea feast + 2 alcoholic drinks from their special Potion Room menu + Limited edition goodie bag. We booked one Standard and one VIP ticket – our curiosity got the better of us.

The Cauldron & The Blind Phoenix

One other thing that I found while researching the world wide web for Harry Potter themed things to do in London was The Cauldron and its companion, The Blind Phoenix.  The Cauldron Magical Cocktail Experience is a 1 hr 45 min immersive class in London, England where you wield a working magic wand and use molecular mixology to brew drinkable elixirs. It sounds like a lot of fun and something that real Harry Potter fans would fancy to do during their Harry Potter trip to London. I was excited to have found something that would also fill one of our evenings in London. An evening full of fun and some drinks that would be special. The Blind Phoenix is a wizard-themed speakeasy, molecular cocktail bar, and art gallery. The two locations are just 3 min walking distance, so you can easily check out both.

Book your ticket

Tickets have been booked directly through their website: The Cauldron

There are two different seating areas:

Honestly, I have no clue which one I have booked. And you also can’t find this particular information in your booking confirmation?!?! But I hope I booked the dungeon. It sounds like more fun 😉

How to get there?

The Cauldron is now located at 79 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 8AD, UK. The closest Transport is  Dalston Kingsland & Dalston Junction Overground Stations.

Harry Potter trip to London

What does it cost?

There are two different prices: peak and off-peak:

The Georgian Hotel

Now we had some tours, adventures, a bit of food and some drinks. What about someplace to sleep? Well, you could book any of the hotels, hostels, Airbnbs in London. There are more than you can even go through. But wait a moment, there has to be something that is Harry Potter themed, or not?

So I made my mind up and wouldn’t stop until I found a place where we could stay that had at least a bit to do with Harry Potter. By now you should probably know, that if I set my mind onto something I don’t stop until I have conquered my task, got totally frustrated or saw a butterfly fly by. Thankfully there have been no butterflies close by so I really managed to find a place … a place to sleep where magic is in the air … and that is sooo freaking expensive, that we decided to stay there only for one single night 😉

Harry Potter trip to London

Welcome to the Georgian Hotel!

Book your ticket

We booked our hotel room for one night directly through their website, which seemed to be the cheapest option. Staying there for one night, we decided not to plan anything this evening and to maybe enjoy the last movie “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” in our magical room. We booked the Enchanted & Wizard Chamber Bed & Breakfast Rate for two adults.

How to get there?

The hotel is situated in the south-east of Hyde Park, and the closest subway stations are Victoria, Pimlico and Sloane Square.

Harry Potter trip to LondonThe address is: 35 – 39 St George’s Dr, Pimlico, London SW1V 4DG, UK

What does it cost?

The Enchanted & Wizard Chamber Bed & Breakfast Rate for two adults makes £279.00 per night. Yes, I know. This is like the most expensive hotel I have ever slept in. It is even more costly than the best hotel I have ever been to – The Padma Resort in Ubud on Bali! That’s probably also worth an own post because it has been soooo freaking amazing, super-exclusive and just mind-blowing. Uuuhhhh … there is my butterfly … But still, we wanted a Harry Potter trip to London, and we knew that it would probably be a bit more expensive than a usual city trip … so what the hell … we booked the room for one night.

The Magic Breakfast & The Magical Experience at the Georgian Hotel

But a pretty cool hotel room that lets you experience some magic while going to bed and waking up in the morning is not all that the Georgian Hotel has to offer. While booking your Enchanted & Wizard Chamber, the Magical breakfast is included. I have no clue what that means and what is so unique and magical about this breakfast, but I am super eager to find out and let you know.

The other experience that you can book while staying at the Georgian Hotel is The Wizard Cocktail Experience. This one allows you to mix an array of potions and powders, including thunderhead dragon blood, phoenix teardrop, blue mountain flower, and frozen crystals to create a delicious beverage with an unexpected twist. Although we already booked a similar experience at The Cauldron, for only £15 per person, we thought it would be something we could add to our pre-movie watching evening in our chambers.

Book your ticket

You can book your Afternoon Tea or the Wizard Cocktail experience through the hotel’s website directly.

How to get there?

The hotel is situated in the south-east of Hyde Park. The closest subway stations are Victoria, Pimlico, and Sloane Square.

Harry Potter trip to LondonThe address is: 35 – 39 St George’s Dr, Pimlico, London SW1V 4DG, UK

What does it cost?

As mentioned above the Wizard Cocktail experience is probably the cheapest thing that we have pre-booked for out Harry Potter trip to London. Perhaps it will be just one drink, and that’s the reason for the price of £15, but still – Harry Potter trip it is!

The MinaLima

So one of the last things that we wanted to fit into our schedule was MinaLima. The reason is a pretty convenient one. It is super close to the theater where we will watch the play “Harry Potter and The Cursed Child”. But what is MinaLima? It is a gallery and a shop owned by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima. They started working together in 2002 to imagine and create the graphic universe of the Harry Potter™ film series for Warner Bros. films. Sharing a common artistic vision, they crafted the entire graphic style of all the Harry Potter™ movies. Motivated by this flourishing collaboration, in 2009 they formed their own design studio, MinaLima, with the objective of creating distinctive and unconventional design and illustration for the entertainment and publishing industries.

Book your ticket

There is no ticket booking necessary.

How to get there?

The address is 26 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 5DE, UK. The closest subway stations are Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road, and Piccadilly Circus.

Harry Potter trip to London

What does it cost?

Well, the entrance is free, but you will want to plan some budget for this gorgeous gallery & shop.

Harry Potter Trip to London

Now after finishing the 2nd part of our Harry Potter and the Crazy Sisters – A 4-day Harry Potter Trip to London blog post I am looking forward to this adventure. Only two more weeks left and we will be boarding the plane and put our Wizarding hats on. We will dive into a totally different world and be hopefully magically surprised by all the fantastic attractions we have planned.

Stay tuned and watch out for the reviews of the sights after our London trip in October 2019. The reviews will be honest, uncensored, and ruthless.

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