We flew into Heathrow for a week vacation and instead of going straight to the hotel we ordered one of the fun little black cabs to take us around town on a Harry Potter tour that we helped create. If you are comfortable on your own driving in England, there are many resources to all the locations used in the filming, but if you are like me and do not want to try the left-side driving, most cab companies also know the route.
The little black cab company toured us around all spots Harry Potter. We were taken to see where the platform 9¾ was, the Gringott bank, the iconic red phone booth as well as the area used to film the wand shop in Diagon Alley. Not only did we get a full day of touring all around London to get our bearings, the added bonus of following in the footsteps of Harry Potter made it much more memorable.
This is a great tour idea if you are needing a ride from the airport to your hotel anyways since the price of transfers are pricey in Europe so it is a 2 for 1. It is also helpful if you fly in early and have late check in. This style of tour keeps the kids interested and your jet lag at bay while you wait for your hotel room to be ready.