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There are some places I have to visit and do every time I´m in London – it wouldn´t be London without them: the V & A Museum, an almond croissant at a Caffè Nero, a walk through Carnaby Street and Kensington Gardens, going to the theatre (which I didn´t do this time), the British Museum and of course the Tate Modern! I would never miss the oprtunity to have some tea vis-à.vis from St. Pauls Cathedral, wander around the exhibition, admire the huge engineroom and enjoy the 360° view of London from the terrace high above the Themse River!

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…or almost Hogwarts – the WB Harry Potter Studios in London are probably as close as one can get to Hogwarts outside the books and movies. Maybe exept riding the Hogwarts Express – there is a tour in Scotland offering exactly that, riding a steam train and visiting some locations from the Harry Potter movies and „Game of Thrones“. (and yes, it´s on the neverending bucket list!)

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After a little time queueing and waiting next to Harrys „room“ under the stairs, we all were greeted by Hermione, Ron and Harry aka Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliff who all kind of grow up in these studios and more than ready to enter into the Great Hall – they made it spellbinding, I almost felt like a young 11 year old wizards entering this hall for the first time.

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From here on on we were invited to explore the studios on our own and there was so much to see and admire. On average one spends about 3 hours here, so it´s better not to be in a rush, take your time!

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Ready to leave Hogwarts? What about a little trip to the Weasley home? Maybe for some dinner and new sweater knitted by Mrs. Weasley?

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Or are you in a darker mood?…

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At the Ministry of Magic

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One the (many) highlights: The Hogwart Express leaving from platform 9 3/4. I want those trunks!

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Shows like „Victoria“ and „The Crown“ set me in the mood for some royal sightseeing and as I never have visited Kensington Palace, even so I always loved to take long walks in the gardens, it was about time!

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It is possible to visit different parts of the palace: the modern royals (they are prepairing a new exhibition at the moment „Diana: Her Fashion Story“), The Queen´s State Apartements (Mary II), The King´s State Apartements (William III) and Victoria Revealed, which was my favourite part.

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Queen Victoria grew up alone with her mother in Kensington Palace and hated it, this new (?) exhibition showcases her long and extraordinary life in her own words, personal belongings, paintings and photography.

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She actually was tiny – standing beside her dresses, Victoria appeared to be even shorter than I am.

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Before I made my way to the V & A Museum, I visited Victoria and Albert one last time in the Kensington gardens and made new friends, quite impertinet new friends.

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