I wasn’t planning to blog about our recent trip to this magical destination in the heart of London but the visit was so memorable that I felt it deserved a post of its own.
It’s not easy to sum up the House of MinaLima. I was expecting an art gallery and shop but it’s much more than that. The owners, designers Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, are most famous for creating the wonderful props in Harry Potter so the place is full of HP memorabilia – most of which you can buy! I was also excited to see a full floor devoted to the MinaLima editions – a series of interactive books which have been produced in collaboration with Harper Design.
The shop can be found at 26 Greek Street, just behind Cambridge Circus where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child runs at the Palace Theatre. The ground floor is packed full of affordable Harry Potter merchandise. I was so bamboozled by the choice that I didn’t take a photo but I did manage to capture the sign on the door that leads to the basement.
If you climb the rickety stairs, you find the MinaLima editions in a room that’s pure fairytale and stacked with plenty of display copies to leaf through. You can buy these more cheaply online but we purchased in store as we wanted a signed book.
You re-enter the world of JK Rowling on the third level. I was very taken with the Marauder’s Map that covers the floor.
Up again and you find a stunning installation which shows the Hogwarts invitations flooding out of the fireplace as well as smaller rooms dedicated to Fantastic Beasts. They were so cosy that I felt quite at home there. The staff were incredibly welcoming too – all friendly and happy to chat.
I could have seriously spent hours looking at the prints but with a tired small child in tow, we decided to call it a day after buying a copy of The Jungle Book and a Sirius Black card. The house definitely caters to little people (although there are no toilets or other facilities as well as restricted access because it’s in a conservation zone) and Martha was entranced by lots of the features but I’d say it’s better for kids aged 7+, especially if they’ve seen the Potter films. Next time, Al & I plan to go back on our own with more money to spend! Apparently the displays change fairly frequently so there’s always something new to see. This wondrous place is now is a firm fixture for future London visits.
Opening hours: 12-7pm every day.
Weekends can be very busy so you may be allotted a timed entry (recommended to visit on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays)
26 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 5DE – https://goo.gl/maps/yKtT13ZCWsn
Nearest Tube Stations:
Leicester Square, Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road and Piccadilly Circus
Bus Routes: https://tfl.gov.uk/plan-a-journey/