The fanfare surrounding the respective opening night and book launch of JK Rowling’s latest boy to man wizard instalment, Harry Potter and The Cursed Child makes the team at London Residential quite sentimental about some of our favourite London locations made famous by association.
First to King's Cross - we’re sure Platform 9¾ really does exist if you can only find it - where the story begins. It might not be magic like Rowling’s bustling terminus, but the vast King’s Cross departure hall with its cascading domed roof is in reality no less of a portal to distant lands, boasting daily services as far North as Aberdeen, half hourly departures to Leeds and an hourly fast train to Newcastle Central.
Next stop the imposing Palace Theatre - staging Harry Potter and The Cursed Child until the end of 2017 - which bears more than a passing resemblance to Hogwarts school of Wizardry. And finally to Bloomsbury and the publishing house of the same name that struck a memorable deal with Rowling on completion of her first novel, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone in 1997.
Having taken its name from the group of writers that made their home here, Bloomsbury Publishing is still based in Bedford Square which forms a collection of perfectly preserved Georgian townhouses. With close proximity to the University of London, London School of Economics, King’s Cross and the West End, this peaceful neighbourhood houses attractive garden squares and beautiful heritage buildings.
While we haven’t yet heard of a “Harry Potter effect” when it comes to property valuation in these districts, we think a little reflected spotlight is well-deserved!
"Potter addicts will love it. JK Rowling is going to make (another) fortune. The West End's ornate Palace Theatre, itself a little like Hogwarts, has a hit probably for years."