Day 3: Buckingham Palace and Harry Potter Studio Tour

On Day 3, we started off with a tour of Buckingham Palace. The tour included the Queen’s Art Gallery, The Royal Mews, and the State Rooms at the Buckingham Palace. I totally  lost my pictures of the Queen’s Art Gallery and The Royal Mews, but I will still briefly mention the places we visited.

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

THE ART GALLERY

At the Queen’s Art Gallery, we had the opportunity to see a collection of beautiful drawings and paintings by Venice’s famous painter, Canaletto (1697-1768). Find more information about this exhibit here.

THE ROYAL MEWS

The Royal Mews provide transportation for The Queen and members of the Royal Family by horse-drawn carriages and cars. The Gold State coach is one that you shouldn’t miss! This coach weights 4 tons and requires 8 horses to pull it. It’s been used in every coronation since 1821.

THE STATE ROOMS

This was the last stop on our Buckingham Palace tour. For this tour, we were given an entry time. Unfortunately, we didn’t have permission to take pictures on this tour. 😦 The State Rooms were magnificent! On display, we had the opportunity to see gifts The Queen has received from her travels around the world. Also, there was a tribute to Princess Diana.

HARRY POTTER – WARNER BROTHERS STUDIO TOUR

This tour was hands down, my most favorite part of our trip. I am a hugeeeee Harry Potter fan! The best way to get the studio was by bus. We booked a bus from Central London. This turned out to be the best option for us since the Tube was under construction during this time and we were advised to plan ahead.

The Tour was beyond anything I could have imagined. My husband, who is not a Harry Potter fan, wanted to see the movies after seeing this tour. It was an amazing experience to see the sets, props, costumes, and all! Here are some of my favorite pictures:

 

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Gryffindor Boys Dorm
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Hats used in the Harry Potter Movies
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Mad Eye Moody’s and Lupins Trunks
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Inside the Hogwarts Express
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The Forbidden Forest
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Hand of Glory
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Potions setup from Half-Blood Prince
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Dumbledore’s Office

 

 

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Dementors
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Art Studio
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Chess pieces
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Butterbeer
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Costumes from the last scene of Deathly Hallows – Part 2

 

 

 

The grand finale of the tour was this beautiful model of Hogwarts. This model was built by 40 artists and crew member and more parts were built as they were revealed in the books. During production, a team of 50 sculptors, painters, and artists maintained the model. Real gravel was used for rocks and boulders and real plants were used for the landscaping. Absolutely stunning. They paid attention to the smallest details including a small weathervane and owl. Over 300 fibre optic lights were included to simulate torches, lanterns, and to show the illusion of students passing through the hallways. Mind. Blown!

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Hogwarts Model

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Once we returned to London, we had a delicious dinner at Chiquitos. They had great vegetarian options, the food was absolutely delicious and it was a great way to end the day and our trip in London!

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Cantina Mushroom Burrito
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Mock-jito
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Garlic Bread
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Catina Mushroom Tacos

 

 

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