In the aftermath of the Brexit vote to leave the EU, there is considerable angst in the UK. We happened on a park where citizens were about to gather to voice their desire to remain in the EU.
While the girls have resisted early morning excursions, they made an exception for the Harry Potter Studio Tour. Everyone was up and ready before 8:00 am, a first in four months.
The video includes samples of animatronics included in Harry Potter films
On our first morning in London, we visited the light cruiser, HMS Belfast that is moored on the Thames. It is part of the Imperial War Museum and includes wax figures to depict life on the ship.
Marcia is smiling at one of the cooks.
After the HMS Belfast, we headed to the Muggles Tour. We arrived two hours early for the tour. Plan B turned out to be a great option. We headed across the street and to the Borough Market. From the first step into market we were bombarded by the most delightful aromas. Initially it was paella, and then chicken and beef cooked over a wood fire. Eventually we were
Then it was on to the Muggles Tour. The guide was well steeped in Harry Potter trivia. He clearly had theater training and had much practice guiding groups to see locations where the Harry Potter films had been shot. There were approximately 20 people in our group. I believe we were all from the US, as I did not detect any British accents. The group ranged from one 11-yr old boy who had read the entire Harry Potter series six times to a grandmother who had not read or seen a Harry Potter movie. When the guide asked a question, the young boy had the answer. There was a college age couple who were also Harry Potter fanatics. He had an entertaining trivia throwdown with the guide. The guide prevailed.
The 10-second video shows another bus on the same street.
We ended the day with a visit to Platform 9 3/4 of Kings Cross station. The site where Harry went through the wall to catch the Hogwart’s Express.