Head to the famous platform and snap a pic in your true colours
Calling all Potter fans!
As any fan of J.K. Rowling’s bestselling series will know, King’s Cross is where students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry catch the Hogwarts Express.
In the wizarding world, Harry and his friends get to the platform by dashing through a brick wall between platforms 9 and 10. Meanwhile, in the real King’s Cross, platforms 9 and 10 are separated by tracks, but you can find a platform 9¾ on the wall in the station concourse.
Are you a Gryffindor or more of a Ravenclaw?
Look out for a luggage trolley embedded in the wall, and make-believe that you are off to start your magical school journey. The trolley is accessible at all hours, and you don’t have to pay to take your own photographs. You can have a professional photograph taken with a scarf in your house colours, which is then available for you to view and purchase inside the Harry Potter shop next door. The professional photographer is on hand between 9am and 9pm daily. Queues for the trolley can get busy during school holidays and festive periods – visit early to make sure you’re one of the first in line!
Ever wondered why J K Rowling chose Kings Cross as the station for students to board the Hogwarts Express? The author revealed it is for quite a romantic reason: it’s where her parents first met. They met on a train to Scotland which departed from Kings Cross.
The Harry Potter Shop
The Harry Potter shop is also here. Styled to resemble Ollivander’s wand emporium, you can find time turners, horcruxes and games, as well as Hogwarts school jumpers in house colours and even full sets of robes. It’s a must for any Harry Potter fan worth their wand.
Places to eat and drink
If you’re visiting with kids, there are lots of great family-friendly restaurants within walking distance. Here is the listing of our favourite family-friendly eateries at King’s Cross. Click here to see the full listing of restaurants, bars and cafes in the neighbourhood.
Things to see and do with kids in the neighbourhood
Coming to Platform 9¾, why not make a day of it and explore King’s Cross? Here you’ll find our pick of fun activities for kids in the neighbourhood. Or visit the what’s on guide to time your visit with another event.
King's Cross Station
London N1 9AP
Mon - Sat: 8am-9pm