Harry Potter Sites in London - street leading to the entrance to the Ministry of Magic - Lisa Johnston
Exploring the World of Harry Potter on the Streets of London

By Lisa Johnston London, it’s the home of the Queen, Westminster Abbey, Hyde Park, Covent Garden, Soho, the Tube and, of course, Harry Potter. While Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is not actually in London, the city serves as a backdrop for many of the movie scenes. If you
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Paddington Station early in the morning, photo by Helen Earley
Taking the Night Train in England – An Atmospheric Family Adventure

Despite many threats to cancel or restrict services over the years, two sleeper trains remain in Britain. Recent refurbishments to both suggest that these marvellous rail journeys are here to stay. The best-known overnight train service in Britain is the Caledonian Sleeper, an overnight service between Euston station and Scotland. Despite
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Little Venice to Camden Town on the Regent's Canal by Helen Earley
Little Venice to Camden on the Regent’s Canal: A Peaceful Day Out in a London We Never Knew Existed

The water laps up against the hull of our canal boat, which is puttering along at its maximum permitted speed of 4 miles per hour. Noses pressed against flat glass windows, my family watches the world go by: gentle weeping willows, stone bridges, grand brick mansions with iron gates, cyclists,
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Harry Potter Bus Photo Sabrina Pirillo
The Making of Harry Potter Studio Tour in London, England

Ever wonder what it would be like to walk through Hogwarts’ Great Hall, visit Hagrid’s home or see how Dobby moves? Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls let me introduce you to The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, located just 20 miles northwest of London, England.
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Vacation Homework – What to Read, Watch and Listen to Before You Go!

The usual pre-vacation research can be somewhat tedious. Hotel accommodations and car rentals and maps may be a must, but It’s time to infuse some fun into the process. What better way to do that than a bit of twist on the usual to-do list. Go ahead and pore over
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Our Hi-Low vacation in London.
London Calling – A High-Low view of the UK’s Capital!

Whenever I start planning a trip, I fall into a weird, momentary trap, where I think I can travel like Britney Spears: unlimited Cristal in first-class, high-end luxury suites and hand-fed truffle oil tartare by a Michelin-star chef for dinner. Here’s how it usually plays out: my kids fight over
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How our family booked a room above a traditional English pub
Going Local in London, England: Our Family Booked a Room Above a Traditional English Pub

Many of us think of the traditional English pub as a place to enjoy a pint of beer or a “home-cooked” meal. But did you you know that some English pubs offer superb family accommodation at a fraction of the price of a hotel room? Read on to learn how our
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London with Kids
Going Underground? Hopping on a Double-decker? Here are 5 Great Tips for Traveling on London Transport with Kids

London, England is one of Europe’s most vibrant cities, with plenty of fun activities for kids of all ages. To make the most of your unforgettable visit to England’s capital, check out these 5 tips for traveling on London Transport with kids: 1. Choose the Right Ticket There are a few options
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24 Hours in London, England, Family Style!

We brought our kids to England for a summer holiday.  Despite my all-consuming terror of a mid-air meltdown by my children, everything went incredibly well.  Thank you Gravol!  We have been fortunate enough to stay with family and have used England’s fantastic transit system to get us to our desired
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