Dine like Harry Potter

Hogwarts type Great Hall for less

In 2015, Warner Bros. Studio Tour London —The Making of Harry Potter started offering themed dinners in Hogwarts Great Hall. These over-the-top events are usually priced beginning at £230/person and restricted to over 18s only.

An alternative option is Middle Temple Hall, an Elizabethan Hall reminiscent The Great Hall in Harry Potter. Built in 1570s, the historic hall survived the Great Fire of London and both World Wars. It features a stunning beamed ceiling, wood paneling along with beautiful paintings and stained glass windows. Located on the River Thames, The Hall and its surrounding courtyards and gardens are popular filming locations. Movie credits include Bridget Jones Baby, The Da Vinci Code, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Sherlock Holmes.

A three-course self service lunch is served buffet style with hot and cold dishes, carvery and cooked to order dish of the day for £25/person.  For groups of 6+, a three-course served lunch can be arranged for £30/person.

Advance booking (children over 5 are welcome) and adherence to a dress code is required. Mobile phones may not be used in the Hall and photos are only allowed after members leave at 2 pm. If you are interested in learning more about Middle Temple Hall, consider booking a complimentary 45-minute tour (available weekdays at 10 am).

You'll just have to imagine candles floating in midair!

www.middletemplehall.org.uk+44 2074 274820
Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT

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London Theatre Sale

Tickets starting at £10/seat for over 45 shows until February 9

With 35+ theatres in West End and another 120 off-West End, London's theatre scene rivals that of New York.  While you won't be able to get tickets for Hamilton, the annual 'Get into London Theatre' promotion includes other award-winning shows at affordable prices:

  • Aladdin — a Broadway hit and Tony Award winning musical
  • Dreamgirls — winner of two Olivier Awards
  • Kinky Boots — winner of three Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical
  • The Lion King — one of the most successful multi-award winning musicals of all-time
  • Mamma Mia!Olivier Award winner and 8th longest-running show in West End history
  • Matilda The Musical — winner of seven Olivier Awards, including Best New Musical (record for the most won by a musical)
  • The Play that Goes WrongOlivier Award winner for Best New Comedy
And this is just a handful of what is available.  Best of all there are no booking, postage or transaction fees for New Year Sale tickets — what you see is what you pay! 

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Best of 2017 — Part II

Top 5 posts

And now for the best of the best . . .

5. Downton Abbey Fans — Who knew that the historical period drama would become such an international hit? 
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/09/Downton Abbey Fans

4. Oldies but Goodies — Five of the oldest places to eat and drink in London that are still worth going to today.
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/11/Oldies but Goodies

3. Christmas Markets — Visit three markets in under two hours without boarding a plane.
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/12/Christmas Markets

2. Iconic London Shops — Founded in 1707, Fortnum & Mason located in Piccadilly is considered to be London's oldest department store.
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/08/Iconic London Shops

1. Kids Week - Kids Go Free — Each year during the month of August, kids 16 and under go free with a full price paid adult ticket (and two additional children can go half price). www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/06/Kids Week Kids Go Free

That's a wrap for 2017. While Kids Week isn't until August, you don't have to wait until then to enjoy theatre discounts. Watch this space next week . . .

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Best of 2017

Top 10 posts — Part I

What better way to start the New Year than to take a look back at the top 10 posts from 2017. How many have you checked off?

10. London Light Trail — London is truly magical during the holidays — catch some of the best lights and decorations the capital has to offer.
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/12/London Light Trail

9. 10 Bridges of London — Part I — As part of a weekly hiking group, we would take a break from the Surrey hills and hit the bridges of London.
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/04/10 Bridges of London

8. Spirit of Christmas Fair — With each passing year, the signs of the holidays seem to arrive earlier and earlier.
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/10/Spirit of Christmas Fair

7. Bonfire Night English Style — Bonfire Night (November 5) commemorates the anniversary of the failed plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/11/Bonfire Night English Style

6. Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden — It is hard to put into words just how beautiful this garden in Ockley is. www.londonviasurrey.com/2017/07/Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden

If you missed these, mark your diary to catch them in 2018. Best of 2017 - Part II will feature the top 5 posts from 2017.

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