How to make the most of Madame Tussauds in London
When you plan to visit Madame Tussauds in London, make sure you spend 1 hour for this tour. There are so many things to see that you’ll be tired after the train ride. We’ll talk about that later. Here are the highlights of your Madame Tussauds London tour:
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
When you visit Madame Tussauds, you will be going back 250 years’ worth of waxwork celebrities and VIPs. People from all over the world come to see all the celebrities “standing together”. Madame Tussauds London is in the top 10 attractions to visit. Due to the corona virus, Madame Tussauds is temporarily closed but it doesn’t mean you can’t visit in the future. Read this as a guide to plan your future trip. Read on to find out more about what celebrities you can see in Madame Tussauds London.
How do I get cheap tickets for Madame Tussauds?
To buy Madame Tussauds tickets, there are several options you can take.
2 for 1 ticket are possible with the purchase of National Rail tickets if you travel by train.
Another option is to buy 2, 3 or 4 ticket from any attractions in Southbank and get one attraction free.
If you do decide to get the London Pass, check how much you’ll be saving depending on how long you’re in London for here. You can add your Oyster Travel card with your London Pass too.
Unfortunately, they don’t offer student discounts, but buying discounted tickets would be the best option.
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 can 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, as well as taking photos of the Sherlock Holmes figure. Take some time in the Sherlock Holmes Museum before or after your tour.
The large green dome is very distinct and it’s a sign you’ve already arrived, however, 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.
Inside Madame Tussauds
A few members of staff will guide you to take a “Hollywood photo”, which you can buy inside. They’ll put a green screen behind you and in the actual photo, in the background, you’ll see that you’re standing in front of a film premiere. A small A5 photo with a red paper frame and a keyring will cost you £17.
Inside, the environment felt as if you’re on the red carpet. At the top of the steps, there were several lifts that will take you up to the “stars”. In the lift, A tannoy lady will say “You are now in Hollywood and on the red carpet, have a good time”. It also had a music background; music suited at film premieres.
The first waxwork you see is Marilyn Monroe with her white dress blown upwards, so take a chance to take a picture with her. The huge red floor had A-listers all around, and crowds of people would be taking pictures with them. There are people that spend an hour there, but I recommend you spend at most 30 minutes.
Hollywood and Bollywood Actors and Actresses
There were a few Bollywood actors and actresses in one corner. I’m not sure of their names, but I’m sure they’re noticeably big in India.
Tom Cruise, Johnny Depp and Nicole Kidman were among them, but your visit to Madame Tussauds wouldn’t be complete if you didn’t visit Prince Harry and Meghan. Although the waxwork of the royal family had been advertised a lot on the internet, you’d have to pay to get a snapshot. It’s better to take photos of them without you in it. The price is quite expensive if you’ve bought the entrance snapshot with a keyring for £17 as well, you’ll be spending another £10 £15 for a snapshot with them. There will be a long queue too, so if you’re willing to queue up, then be my guest.
If you do want to get a picture of them, they’ll show you what it looks like after, and then, you can move on to see other celebrities. Choose you time and money wisely.
The next thing you’ll be able to see is the sci-fi department. You’ll be surrounded by a tunnel surrounded by flashing lights and be taken to a dark pathway with sci-fi plants. You’ll walk into a room which has a half-naked man made of wax, lying hunched forwards on a stretcher with a sci-fi television next to him. Don’t worry, it’s family friendly, but it didn’t look interesting.
The Royal Family
In the next room, you can take photos with Princess Diana and Queen Victoria for free. In this room, you’ll see Prince William and Kate on their wedding day with the Queen and Prince Philip next to them. On the opposite side, Prince Charles, and Camilla smiles happily to see the couple on their big day. Big crowds gathered here to take photos, again, you’d have to pay to take pictures with them. The only people you didn’t have to pay for were Charles and Camilla, Queen Victoria, and Princess Diana.
Visiting Hollywood movies
The next room was quite dark. You’ll see a gigantic 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 as he growls showing off his white teeth. Trees surrounded his face and the sound of drops of water could be heard at the bottom. Smiling and laughing children played by the water and admired his face. Further on, E.T. sits on his bicycle with a towel over his head and Audrey Hepburn posed in her iconic movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Among the other waxwork, they included President Trump and Kendall Jenner.
Sherlock Holmes Tour
You can buy a ticket at the ticket booth for the Sherlock Holmes tour. Tickets are £5 per person, and you can 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 and 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 since there were a few people turn down the cashier’s offer. That should have given me a clue that it wasn’t worth it.
The Spirit of London train ride
Another reason to visit Madame Tussauds is going on the Spirit of London train ride.
The dark interactive train ride takes you on a history of London. Background music and children laughing could be heard. 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 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 I did feel I stepped 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, you can watch videos and read facts on how they created these celebrities behind the scenes.
The American Feel
The darkroom had several sci-fi games children can play with. This is the superheroes department, which involves Captain America, a giant-sized Hulk, Spiderman, and Superman.
Hulk stood 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 to be honest.
Marvels Superheroes 4D Move 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 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 Tussauds end. You’ll also see Robin Williams on your way out. Take photos with 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 in the Southbank.
Other attractions near Madame Tussauds
Aside from the Sherlock Holmes Museum, you can walk over to Regent Street for a nice stroll and relaxation. One of eight royal parks of London, visiting the 166 hectares of Regent’s Park, you’ll see several giant oak trees, a wide open green space, wildlife, and the entrance to the London Zoo, another 1 of 10 top attractions in London. Beyond London Zoo, you’ll be taken to Regent’s Canal, Little Venice, and several colourful houseboats. Further up, you can enjoy Camden Town, its markets, and the surrounding neighbourhood, Primrose Hill where you’ll see a great view of London at the park’s peak. I suggest visiting them after your trip to Madame Tussauds.
Visiting Madame Tussauds, from my experience, is the same as the Madame Tussauds around the world, with different celebrities. There weren’t a lot of celebrities compared to the one in New York and paying to have your photos taken with the royal family was a little bit disappointing. They advertised Madame Tussauds very well until you find out you must pay. You’ll probably be spending around £30 – £50 to take photos at the entrance, with Harry and Meghan and William, Kate, the Queen and Prince Charles.
Madame Tussauds can be very crowded and may not be suitable for families with toddlers. I witnessed a few toddlers getting agitated and scared of the train ride because there were too many people, but I also witnessed many toddlers enjoying themselves.
I didn’t understand the sci-fi area at the beginning, and I didn’t enjoy the Sherlock Holmes tour costing me £5 to get in. This should have been included in the Sherlock Holmes Museum instead. However, what made Madame Tussauds London stand out was the Royal family, the 4D movie experience, and the train ride taking you back 250 years of London’s history. Those are the highlights of the tour and that’s what made it more memorable. Madame Tussauds London does have a British feel to it.
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.
So, that’s it for Madame Tussauds, there’s nothing more to the story but enjoy your time here.
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