Celebrate a very magical festive season with Hogwarts in the Snow at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.
Winter has arrived at Hogwarts. Glittering Christmas trees line the Great Hall and a replica festive feast, complete with flaming Christmas puddings, is laid out on the long tables. Special-effects fires roar in the fireplaces, the Gryffindor commonroom is filled with festive treats and the detailed castle model is covered in a special blanket of snow.
Get up close to props and models used in the Harry Potter films, and take a look around the studio’s famous movie sets decorated as they were for the festive scenes. You’ll also discover how artificial snow is created and how special effect fires are controlled on set.
Deck the Hall…
Explore The Great Hall, which will be decked out in festive finery this season with no fewer than eight Christmas trees decorated with baubles and topped with witches on broomsticks.
The imposing hall will also host a feast like no other with the likes of roast turkeys, hams, potatoes and cakes adorning the tables – sadly, all of these are props, despite their realistic appearance. Just in case you fancied tucking in!
Don’t miss: Flaming Christmas puddings. During the Great Hall Christmas feast in the film, the puddings had real flames, which were created using gas pipes that ran from the floor and up through the tables.
Hogwarts Covered in Snow
See Hogwarts castle in a different, twinkling light this Christmas, as it is covered in glistening snow for a festive feel. Made from paper and salt, the dusting of snow gives the scale model first used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone an even more lifelike appearance.
Don’t miss: The chance to feel the different types of “snow” used during filming, from the snow with the greatest crunch to snow as light as a feather.
See at first hand numerous props used in the films during the studio tour – how many will you recognise? Venture along Diagon Alley, home to the Leaky Cauldron pub with a lit fireplace for Christmas; and discover the Gryffindor common room and the Weasley kitchen decorated in a festive style.
You’ll also have the chance to pose with a replica of platform 9 ¾ and see the Hogwarts Express, Privet Drive, the Knight Bus and Hogwarts Bridge amongst many other attractions.
Don’t miss: The chance to examine the Goblet of Fire, which will be exhibited for the first time this year. Having been taken out of its jewelled casket the goblet, which featured in the fourth Harry Potter film, will be specially lit with blue and red flames
Gifts for Budding Wizards
Make sure to stop off in the Studio Shop on your festive visit, the perfect opportunity to pick up a Christmas gift. Form exploding bon bons and Ron Weasley’s wand, to scarves and knitted jumpers, you’ll find something for every Harry Potter fan this Christmas.
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Celts: Art and Identity at the British Museum
Think you know what being Celtic means? The British Museum invites you to delve into the Celtic identity – both ancient and modern – in the fascinating exhibition Celts: Art and Identity. Starting with the origins of the Celts around 2,500 years ago, you'll go on a journey exploring the invention and reinvention of Celtic culture over the years and across the globe. See magnificent Iron Age treasures including the Waterloo Helmet and Battersea Shield, found in the depths of the river Thames, and other objects from across the UK including Roman jewellery, rare early medieval manuscripts, striking stone crosses and an exquisite Liberty tea set. Plus, there are some major international loans, showing the strong, interconnected influence of Celtic culture across Europe and the world.
Wellcome Collection is a free destination for the incurably curious. Explore what it means to be human through a unique mix of galleries, events and meeting, reading and eating places.
Upstairs Medicine Now and Medicine Man present exhibits spanning six centuries, from the bizarre to the beautiful, the ancient to the modern, including a Peruvian mummified male, Darwin’s walking stick, a gastrointestinal camera the size of a baked bean and a robot used in the human genome project.
Tower of London Ice Rink From to
Take in the incomparable surroundings as you glide around in the 1,000-year-old Tower of London moat.
The Tower of London ice rink returns this winter, offering day and evening ice-skating sessions in the setting of the historic London landmark. Catch up with friends and family on the ice or enjoy a romantic skate under the starry sky, followed by a hot drink and festive snacks at the Ice Bar & Café.