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Looking for ideas for a magical family day out in London? Read on for plenty of hints tips and inspiration for a memorable, magical trip to remember.

All props to you

Where other than Warner Brothers Harry Potter Studio Tour for a magic fix? For confirmed Potterheads seeking guaranteed mystery and wonder, there's only one place in London to go. Hop on to the train at London Euston and take the short twenty minute dash to Leavesden where all eight of the Harry Potter films were shot. Revel in all things Hogwarts on the Harry Potter tour. See Dumbledore's circular office, marvel at the scale of The Great Hall, fly on a broomstick and see for real iconic props such as the sorting hat, Gryffindor's Sword and The Mirror of Erised. Take a stroll down Diagon Alley and see up close the costumes of your favourite characters. Slurp down a refreshing Butterbeer in the canteen and grab yourself a box of Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans to keep your energy levels up. The wizarding world is captured in all its glory on the Harry Potter Studio Tour and avid fans won't want to leave its enchanting orbit.

It's no wonder this attraction has become one of the leading draws for visitors from all over the world since its doors opened three years ago. Prices start at £33 for adults and £25.50 for children (5 -15). Under fours enter for free. For a small extra charge (£35.45) get the bonus bundle of digital guide, paperback souvenir and tour ticket. Family tickets are £101 and cover two adults and two children, or one adult and three children.

Fun central

It may take time to come down to earth after the dizzy heights of Quidditch and Hippogriffs, but after your experience with Harry and co. why not head into central London for more thrills and exploration?

When seeking things to do in London, keep an eye out for the blue and white tourist information office signs. These offices are staffed by friendly and knowledgeable people, ready to offer advice on things to do and places to see.

Family trips should involve a blend of attractions for everyone. The Harry Potter Tour appeals to all ages, adults and children alike. Another place which fascinates all, young and old, is The Tower of London. The Beefeater Tour is enjoyed by many – hear about the queens who were beheaded at The Tower, marvel at the intricate uniforms of the Yeoman Warders who protect the Crown Jewels and see the glossy black ravens who live there too.

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Next, why not hop on an open topped bus for a sightseeing tour of London? Whether it's Buckingham Palace, The Gherkin or London Eye that takes your interest, most bus tours allow you to hop on and off as and when you please.

Many London museums and art galleries welcome visitors free of charge, so you can pop in to as many as you like. For ancient history, science, applied arts, portraits, grand masters and modern art, London has it covered.

A family trip needs to appeal to everyone, so why not guarantee a successful adventure by heading first to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter Tour, then follow this up with an itinerary packed with London's other magical attractions.

This post was contributed by Dave Edwards