Introduction: Madame Tussauds where celebrities come to life
Here are the highlights when you visit Madame Tussauds London:
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. To buy Madame Tussauds tickets, there are several options you can take. You can buy 2 for 1 tickets from a Kellogg’s cereal box (please note, at times, they may not offer 2 for 1 – just double check to make sure). 2 for 1 tickets can be purchased with the purchase of National Rail tickets if you travel by train.
Another option is to buy 1, 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 to go inside Madame Tussauds London.
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. 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 the laughter of waxwork children on the moving carousel. 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, watch videos and read facts on 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. This is 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.
Marvel Super Heroes 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.
Visiting Madame Tussauds, from my experience, it’s more or less the same as the Madame Tussauds around the world, just different celebrities. There weren’t a lot of celebrities though. Paying to have your photos taken with the Royal family was a little bit dissapointing since they advertised Madame Tussauds around London using the Royal families in their photos very well until you find out you have to pay. 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 of the tour though and I didn’t enjoy the Sherlock Holmes tour costing me £5 to get in.
However, what made Madame Tussauds London stand out from the rest are 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 those are what made it more memorable and the London’s version felt more British than the rest.
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.
For more information on attractions in London or Madame Tussauds London, visit the Time Out website for more information and latest facts.
Check 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.
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