Introduction to Madame Tussauds
The British royal family
Celebrities from around the world
The train ride
So, without further ado, here is my time and adventure in Madame Tussauds London and enjoying the atmosphere all around me.
Understanding Madame Tussauds London
Visit Madame Tussauds and go back to 250 years’ worth of waxwork celebrities and VIPs. People from all over the world come to see all the celebrities “standing together” making their dreams come true. From taking pictures with the royal family, experiencing sci-fi movies coming to life, sportspeople, music and movie celebrities, experiencing a 4D movie, meeting superheroes and Hollywood movie stars.
Madame Tussauds London has become one of the number one visitor attractions to visit. Due to corona virus, Madame Tussauds is temporarily closed but it doesn’t mean you can’t visit in the future. Alternatively, check out their website here for a virtual tour.
Check out my post on a package deal with the London Eye here. I made that post because it’s the two most popular package people buy. For both attractions you save £20. I bought four attractions and got one entry free.
Getting to Madame Tussauds
Madame Tussauds is a short walk away from Baker Street Tube Station. Near Baker Street, there are rows of cafes and souvenir shops you can take advantage of. Aside from that, there were a few people standing here and taking pictures of Sherlock Holmes’s statue.
The large green dome is very distinct and it’s a sign you’ve already arrived. The entrance was quite difficult to find but I got there in the end. Outside, there were red rope barriers where you would find in Hollywood movie premieres with its red carpet. I felt I was already a part of Hollywood myself.
All in all, Madame Tussauds London wasn’t difficult to find from the station.
Inside Madame Tussauds
A few members of staff will guide you to take a “Hollywood photo” which you can buy inside. They will put a green screen behind you and in the actual photo, in the background, you will see that you’re standing in front of a film premier. You get a small A5 photo with a red paper frame and a keyring for around £17.
Inside, the environment feels as if you’re on the red carpet. At the top of the steps there were several lifts to take you up to the “stars”. In the lift, A tannoy lady will say along the lines of “You are now in Hollywood and on the red carpet, have a good time”. It also had a music background, music that you would hear at film premieres.
The first wax work you see is Marilyn Monroe with her white dress blown upwards. Take a chance to take a picture with her. The red huge floor had A-listers all around you and when touching the wax work, it felt like we were touching real celebrities.
Hollywood and Bollywood actors and actresses
There were a few Bollywood actors and actresses further on in one corner. Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman were among them. Your visit to Madame Tussauds wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t visit Prince Harry and Meghan. The downside is you’d have to pay to get a snapshot, however you can take pictures of both of them without you in it.
London is popular because of our Royal Family and the best way to advertise our Royal Family is through waxwork on the internet. We all have turns snapping photos with them and it was a busy afternoon.
In the sci-fi department, enter the sci-fi tunnel surrounded by flashing lights. You will be taken to a dark pathway with sci-fi plants and be taken to a room containing a half-naked waxwork man lying hunched forwards on a stretcher with a sci-fi television next to him. It didn’t seem interesting to me, so I went back out.
Sports members in Madame Tussauds
Your visit to Madame Tussauds London wouldn’t be complete without taking pictures with British sports people. In the next room, there are various famous British sports members with the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis and among them are Britney, Michael, Kanye West, Will.I.Am and Bob Marley.
A tea shop can be found at the back of the room and you can book an afternoon tea here. It had a waxwork of the Queen sitting in the corner, smiling. The environment seems flowery and bright and made this room feel British.
The Royal Family
In the next room, you can take photos with Princess Diana and Queen Victoria for free. In this room, take photos of Prince William and Kate on their wedding day with the Queen and Prince Philip. On the opposite side, Prince Charles and Camilla smiles, happy to see the couple on their big day. Big crowds gather here to take photos. You’d have to pay to take pictures with Prince William and Kate, including the Queen. The only people you didn’t have to pay were Charles and Camilla, Queen Victoria and Princess Diana.
Visiting Hollywood movies
The next room is quite dark. There is a giant interactive, 3D, wall sized face of King Kong. Face the king and hear his roar, watch his eyes and mouth move from left to right continuously he growled showing his white teeth. Trees surrounded his face and the sound of drops of water could be heard at the bottom. Smiling and laughing children admired his face playing by the water. Further on, E.T. sits on his bicycle with a towel over his head and Audrey Hepburn posing in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I did feel I was in Hollywood.
Among the waxwork, they included President Trump and Kendall Jenner.
Sherlock Holmes Tour
Moving on, you can buy a ticket at the ticket booth for the Sherlock Holmes tour. Tickets are £5 per person. You go on this tour solving mysteries but really, it’s not worth it, there were only three people that were curious, including me. All we did was listen to actors and actresses acting, solving clues for us. We didn’t even solve anything. Move on.
I felt nervous because I was the only one queuing up. I was scared it would only be me. I saw a few people turn down the cashier’s offer. That should have given me a clue that it wasn’t worth it.
Spirit of London
Another reason to visit Madame Tussauds London is going on the Spirit of London train ride. It’s also included with your entry ticket.
The dark interactive train ride takes you on a history of London. To the left and right, there were various waxworks of British guards and policemen with their sniffer dogs, jesters and their horses, waxwork children on fairground rides as well as British kings and queens. Queen Elizabeth sits at the top of the tunnel as we passed her.
Watch the jester on his horse move up and down, playing his flute. Hear the laughter of waxwork children on the moving carousel laughing. Hear William Shakespeare say, “To be or not to be, that is the question” while he writes at his desk. There is a lot of activity going on and did feel stepping back in time.
Enjoy an 18th Century scene of working-class peasants selling goods on the streets and noises of screams and shouts of crowds you’d hear in markets. A computerised narrator introduced us to who the various wax works were.
After the train ride, watch videos and read facts of how they created these celebrities into waxwork behind the scenes.
The American feel
The dark room has several sci-fi games children can play with, the superheroes department. Captain America, a giant-sized Hulk, Spiderman and Superman were among the waxwork.
Hulk stands in the middle of the room while a metal fence surrounded him. It was as if he was trying to break free from the “broken fence”. As we stood in front of him, we were the size of his calf. Sci-fi music played in the background and I did feel I was in a sci-fi movie.
£17 to take pictures with the royal family and get keyrings and an A5 photo.
Marvel Superheroes 4D Movie Experience
The greatest part of this experience is the 4D animation movie about Spiderman, Captain America, and Hulk saving the world in London. As we watched the movie with the starlit ceiling on a black “night”, Hulk “spat” on us and we all got wet.
London is in a state of havoc and the three of them have come to the rescue in order to save the world. The best scene was Spiderman trying to distract the British guard so he’d move. Smiles and laughter could be heard from adults and children alike.
We were then taken to the gift shop where the adventure in Madame Tussaud’s ends. Take photos with Robin Williams on you way out. I miss him.
Annisa’s advice on visiting Madame Tussauds London
Expect to be there for at least an hour and expect lots of people, especially during school holidays. It can be busy so buy an e-ticket before your arrival if you didn’t buy the 4 attractions for the price of 3.
Because of COVID-19, www.discount-britain.com will not be selling tickets before 31 May 2020. If you’ve booked tickets before 30 April through this website, you will be contacted by them as soon as possible. However, after the 31 May, you are able to rebook discounted tickets. I usually go to this site for future bookings to major attractions. I still want you to check it out if you decide to go next year.
It’s better to arrive early so you can enjoy other attractions nearby like London Zoo and Regent’s Park.
When it’s raining, which usually happens in London, buy yourselves tickets to visit Madame Tussauds London to seek shelter. When you want to see attractions around the Southbank, London Eye, Sealife and London Dungeon are all in one place. If you buy one ticket for the price of four attractions you’d get a discount including Madame Tussauds.
Take your time and have fun.
Conclusion on Madame Tussauds
Before visiting Madame Tussauds, I just thought it was just a bunch of wax work, nothing interesting. Since I entered the building, I was in awe with how great the experience was.
I didn’t understand the sci-fi area at the beginning of the tour though and I didn’t enjoy the Sherlock Holmes tour costing me £5 to get in.
The highlight of the tour were the Marvel Superheroes 4D cinema experience, the train ride and the Royal Family wax work. They were all memorable.
It was still interesting to see the history of Britain in wax work; it did remind me of back when I was a child. Halfway through the ride, it stopped for some reason, I assumed they broke down but after five minutes, it started to work again, so watch out for that.
Compared to Madame Tussauds worldwide, Madame Tussauds London has made it feel British. You can take pictures with the royal family and the British athletes. You will be taken on a train/taxi ride to see wax work of British society in the past and go on a journey back to London’s history. That’s what you need to remember when visiting Madame Tussauds London. The British feel to the place. A visit to Madame Tussauds London has been the highlight of my trip to London.
For more information on attractions in London or Madame Tussauds London, visit the Time Out website for more information and latest facts.
Checked out the positive reviews on Tripadvisor, read about it here.
So, that’s it for Madame Tussauds, there’s nothing more to the story but enjoy your time here.
Click here to go back to the Top 10 attractions.
Now, onto my experience at the London Eye
The London Eye opened on 31 December 1999 to mark the start of the 2000 millennium by former Prime Minister Tony Blair. Originally called the Millennium Wheel, it was only supposed to be open temporarily, but council granted them permission to keep it permanently. At 135 metres tall so you can see bird’s eye view of London.
Although London can be very industrial with construction and road works, it’s hard to see some of the major attractions, however, it’s all there. With more than 3 million visitors going on the London Eye, it’s still the top 10 attractions to visit when coming to London.
There are 32 capsules and it takes 30 minutes to go round. It is also the main area where New Year’s Eve’s fireworks happen, just before the clock strikes midnight.
Without further ado, this post will give you advice and recommendations when visiting the London Eye.
How far is Madame Tussauds from the London Eye?
Around 10 – 15 minutes. From Southbank, walk across Westminster Bridge, take the Jubilee line from Westminster tube station and 3 stops to Baker Street. If you bought tickets to both Madame Tussauds and the London Eye, you can take the tube from Westminster Tube Station opposite Westminster Abbey. In Southbank, The London Eye, Sealife, Shrek the Experience and the London Dungeon are next to each other. You will often find 3 tickets for 4 for the above attractions including Madame Tussauds. However, it doesn’t take long to get there.
What attractions are near the London Eye?
Sealife, London Dungeon, Shrek The Experience, The Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Southbank Centre, the National Theatre and a few minutes walk, you will see the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and The Shard. However, the London Eye isn’t included in the London Pass. The price varies depending on season for 1 ticket but it’s better to buy more than 2 or 3 tickets and get 1 attraction free. Check out the London Eye website for combined tickets and more here.
Getting to the London Eye
Getting to the London Eye is convenient and straightforward. There are several buses you can take and get off at Westminster tube station. If you see Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, cross the Westminster Bridge, over the River Thames and walk down the Southbank.
You can also get there by tube to Westminster tube station. You will see Big Ben as you come out and cross the bridge to the other side of the River Thames.
From Trafalgar Square, walk towards Whitehall or take the bus until you reach Big Ben, then cross the Westminster Bridge and voila, London Eye is right in front of you.
The London Eye Experience
There are several ways to buy tickets to see the London Eye while saving money at the same time. You can get the London Pass where you’ll be able to buy one ticket for more than 80+ attractions, you can buy 3 tickets for 4 attractions at one of the attraction booths in Southbank (you’ll be saving £20) or buy the Fast Track ticket to skip the queue.
The queue can be long if you didn’t buy the Fast Track ticket but moves very swiftly. If it’s your lucky day, you’ll be able to get on in no time.
Before getting on the capsule, watch the 4D Experience where you will be able to watch a 4D video and the first ever 3D photographs of London from the top of the London Eye. It wasn’t really my thing, so I skipped that.
A lot of websites have advised getting to the Eye early. It depends on the time of year and the time of day too. It’s best to avoid the London Eye during school holidays, unless you’re lucky to get there when it’s quiet. There were also refreshments while queuing up and a chance to buy photos at the booth before you get on.
The London Eye Experience
I got to the London Eye at around 11:30 pm after I visited London Dungeon. Since I bought four attractions as a package, it was a little bit more expensive but if you only have at least 4 hours to spare, pick The London Eye and Madame Tussaud.
I took a friend to visit London Eye and Madame Tussauds four hours before she had to go to the airport. We then only bought a package for two attractions. We saved £20 for it.
I recommend going on the London Eye first before Madame Tussauds as it takes half an hour to go round. You’d have to take the tube from Westminster Tube Station to Baker Street to go Madame Tussauds.
I looked at the queue, it was quite long but it was moving. You can watch the 4D Experience before the London Eye but it wasn’t really my thing, maybe it’s yours. A lot of websites have advised getting to the Eye really early. It depends on the time of year and the time of day too. In my case, the queue was long but didn’t have to wait longer than fifteen minutes. There were also refreshments while queuing up and a chance to buy photos at the booth before you get on.
Inside the capsule
As I stepped inside the capsule, there were other people standing inside with me. Around twenty-five people can fit into one capsule but it doesn’t feel claustrophobic, there’s space for everyone to get on. The capsule moved slowly, and I was a little scared of heights the more we went high. However, as soon as I got to the top, I didn’t feel frightened at all, I actually felt safe. I just enjoyed the view of different tourist attractions below me. I felt like I was in Legoland.
There’s a seat which you can sit and stand when you want to view the scenery at the bottom. There’s also a good photo spot to take pictures of the view for you and your family.
A quarter of the way up
A quarter of the way up, I felt I was already high enough to see the view of London, couldn’t think to imagine what it would be like when we got to the top. Big Ben and Westminster Abbey are the first two major attractions you will see. Walkers, including children playing in the playground moved like ants below, on the Southbank.
If you are afraid of heights as I am, I can assure you that it’s not as petrifying as people say it is. The London Eye is as safe and secure as you make it.
There’s a seat which you can sit and stand when you want to view the scenery at the bottom. There’s also a good photo spot to take pictures of the view and your family. London is very industrial so expect to see at least one building and road works as you go high up the wheel.
On top of the London Eye
As you get to the top, you’ll be able to see more major attractions in miniature. There are a lot of bushes covering buildings, but you will be able to see are Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral and so many more as tiny versions of itself.
A lot of people have mentioned that you’ll be able to see all of London from the top, but I disagree. If you look at the London map, from my experience on the London Eye, I could just see as far as Buckingham Palace and the surrounding parks. The rest of the view is covered by tall trees. Then, as we slowly headed down, the tour of the London Eye came to an end and felt glad I was on the ground.
The London Eye is in the top 10 attractions to visit and you can see some of the major attractions in London. It has been a symbol for London; however, I went on the London Eye twice. Although I can only several major attractions like Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey, London’s view during the day can seem industrial.
The first time I went on the London Eye was at night and the view was spectacular. The lights twinkled from buildings and reflected on the River Thames. Major attractions illuminate in the dark and headlights from vehicles moved like red laser torch lights.
So, if you decide to go on the London Eye, make sure you plan and use the advice above. Avoid school holidays. Keep in mind London can be industrial and expect to see road and construction work and you won’t be able to see all of London when you reach the top, not like what the internet says.
It’s advisable to go on the London Eye first since it takes 30 minutes to go round and visit other attractions nearby as the tours can take more than two hours.
Hope you enjoy the London Eye.