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Visit Harry Potter's Favorite Haunts in London

Where: London
July 17, 2009 at 11:22 AM | by | ()

The latest Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, broke records on Wednesday when it made $104 million in worldwide box office sales during its first day in theaters. Obviously Harry Potter mania is in full swing again, and fans are dying to get close to anything related to the boy wizard, including locations where the movie was made and spots where the stars have hung out. Lucky for you, we know a few:

Where to Stay:
Just last week, the cast of Harry Potter gathered at the Claridge's in Mayfield to take photos and celebrate the premiere of Half Blood Prince. Its not surprising Claridge's is a favorite of celebs like Justin Timberlake, as they offer a butler service for guests staying in their suites and promise that "your wish list will be complete and your every whim will be catered for." Of course, that kind of service will cost you. A one bedroom suite starts around $1400 a night.

Where to Eat:
If you're hoping to spot Harry Potter's creator, J.K. Rowling, while in London then look no further than Scott's in Mayfair. Rowling is known to frequent the high-end restaurant, which won the title of BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year in 2008. Scott's is known for their selection of seafood, including a Roasted Cornish Seabass with lemon and herb butter and their fresh fish of the day, both $35. They also have an extensive wine list and a private room available for larger parties. Reservations are needed and can be made online.

What to Do:
Some of the must see London locations for Half Blood Prince included the Surbiton railway station, Gloucester Cathedral (where the first and second films were also shot) and the Millennium Bridge. There are also several tour companies that will bring you to various locations used in all of films, like British Tours, who offer 3 or 7-hour group tours of London. The tours stop at Leadenhall Market, the London Zoo and Borough Market, along with dozens of other London landmarks used in the Harry Potter films. The cost per group for a 3 hour tour is $415. Now go book it, you muggles.

Related Stories:
· Stars brave London rain at 'Harry Potter' premiere [NPR]
· JK Rowling Gets Hot To Trot in Mayfair [Forbidden London]
· US Entertainment Summary [Washington Post]
· Movie Set Travel [Jaunted]

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