Calling All Wizards: London Hotel Unveils Harry Potter Suites
When in London, do as Harry Potter fans do: pose at Platform 9 ¾; take a walking tour to places featured in the films; and visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter. Now, visitors can even stay in the sleeping quarters at Hogwarts—or at least the suites resembling them.
Built in 1851, The Georgian House added two new Harry Potter suites to its historical hotel. Referred to as the Wizard Chambers, the space embodies the magical world of Harry Potter through the architecture, furnishing, and prop design inspired by the wildly popular book series.
From the ground floor, walk down the stone staircase lined with candles and arrive at the first suite, designed for couples. The red and yellow colors of the bed throw, stained glass windows, and velvet curtains represent the house of Gryffindor; Harry’s residency. A Mona Lisa portrait, with wand in hand, hangs over a wooden desk with scribbled writing, among many other wizardly details.
Venture further down the entry hall to the larger suite for families. The first bedroom has two beds, with a gold-framed mirror hanging over the mantel of a stone fireplace. Enter the second bedroom through a pointed archway and find an old battered trunk, measuring scales, and potion bottles scattered throughout the chamber.
After a traditional English breakfast the next morning, guests can set out from their chambers to conquer Harry Potter sightseeing around London, just minutes away from transportation to Warner Brothers Studios. Tour bookings are available through the hotel upon reservation request.
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If you’re lucky enough during a visit, you’ll get to witness the friendly ghostlike presence described by family and former guests of the hotel. After all, what’s a stay at Hogwarts without a touch of spooky magic?
Nicoletta Richardson is a freelance editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.