What to see at Madame Tussauds London

Oct 12, 2012

A Saturday afternoon with nothing to do is sometimes an enjoyed rarity, and with a plethora of London Attractions to choose from, it can also be a challenge.

marlyn.jpegLast weekend a friend and I headed to the famous London branch of Madame Tussauds. I have already been there once before (a number of years ago) and I could faintly remember some funny looking waxworks of Johnny Wilkinson (English Rugby player) and the Queen. They didn’t look very convincingly like their real-life counterparts and I left feeling a little miffed. So having reluctantly agreed with my friend that I would go with her (she had not yet been before) we headed for Baker Street and the big green dome of Madame Tussauds London.

It was a Saturday and we had not booked our tickets in advance so we had the inevitable queue, whilst it was about a 30-45 minute wait it did go quite quickly as there was a lot of things to see. There was pop music playing and height charts and hand prints of different celebrities you could compare yourself to. We had a two-for-one ticket which gave us half price entrance, otherwise for adults it’s was £30 and £25.80 for kids. If you don’t have a voucher it is definitely worthwhile booking online as they are about 25% cheaper.

robert_downey_jr.jpegOnce we got inside we were ushered into a gold lift and went down into the heart of Madame Tussauds. When the lift doors opened there were lots of images of paparazzi and recordings of people shouting at you to look at them, thus recreating your very own red carpet moment. Then we went into an open room full to the brim with famous individuals and lots of people taking photographs of the waxy models. Now I must admit that many of them looked very much like their real-life counterparts however some of their wigs were very suspicious...

There were lots of different sections within Madame Tussauds, like the old Hollywood sets with Marilyn Monroe in her iconic white dress and Audrey Hepburn in her Breakfast at Tiffany’s set. A 60’s art scene set with Andy Warhol, Jerry Hall and Liza Minnelli, where I was intently photographing Warhol’s statue when a couple of young girls asked who he was! A current Hollywood set complete with giant golden film reels and a Daniel Craig wax work; I think Robert Downey Junior in his Sherlock guise was my favourite here. Not forgetting the sporting section with many of 2012’s Olympic stars featured, including a waxwork of British diver Tom Daley upside down leaping into a ‘pool’, a pretty spectacular sight. The older famous figures of past British monarchs and poets and scholars include Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, who it was amazing to see what he actually looked like as far as the sculptors could tell. They also had quite a large political waxwork offering with UK, France and Germany’s current leaders represented, and not forgetting Barack Obama and his White House flags and desk, complete with phone for people to pose with.

Overall Saturday’s Madame Tussauds experience was much more enjoyable than before and certainly modern modelling techniques have made the waxworks more believable and enthralling. It’s a great addition to any London day out!