Madame Tussauds

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Madame Tussauds

Madame Tussaud brought her show to London in 1802, 32 years after it was founded in Paris, and it’s been expanding ever since, on these very premises since 1884.

There are now some 300 figures in the collection: current movie A-listers who require no more than a first name (Keira, Brad, Benedict), as well as their illustrious forebears for whom the surname seems more appropriate (Monroe, Chaplin), plus Bollywood gods and goddesses (Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor); a bevy of Royals (not least Wills and Kate), and sundry sportsmen and -women, including Nadal, Tendulkar, Muhammad Ali, Messi, Mo Farah CBE, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE and Usain Bolt. Rihanna can be found hanging out among the Music Megastars, while Dickens and Einstein kick back together in the Culture section.

If you’re not already overheating, your palms will be sweating by the time you descend to the Chamber of Horrors in ‘Scream’, where only teens claim to enjoy the floor drops and scary special effects. Much more pleasant is the kitsch ‘Spirit of London’ ride – a taxi pod through 400 years of London life.

It’s the experiences and rides like these that make Madame Tussauds much more than a museum of dummies. This is a lively place to come, and although its’ hugely popular, the journey through is well managed. Even the most reluctant star spotter among your party can’t help but crack a smile.

Tussauds also hosts Marvel Super Heroes 4D. Interactives and waxworks of Iron Man, Spiderman and an 18ft Hulk provide further photo-ops, but the highlight is the nine-minute film in ‘4D’ (as well as 3D projections, there are ‘real’ effects such as a shaking floor and smoke in the auditorium). Throughout the year there are special exhibitions themed to the seasons or the latest entertainment stories or films. 

One of the most recent additions is the truly impressive Star Wars area. Working with Lucasfilms Ltd to get costumes, looks and set design right, Madame Tussauds have excelled themselves. You can explore the swamps of Dagobah, pose for photos alongside Han Solo in the Cantina, take your place at the controls of the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca or try to free Princess Leia from her chains in Jabba’s Throne Room.

Step into the swamp to meet Yoda and feel the soft ground beneath your feet as the musky smell of a 900-year-old Jedi’s home fills the air, then balance yourself on a glass-walled balcony and imagine what it would be like to reach out to the black-gloved hand of Darth Vader.

And proving they remain right on top of trends and current affairs, there's now a section dedicated to YouTube stars Zoe and Alfie, as well as the introduction of Donald Trump in full presidential setting, standing alongside political luminaries such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Barack Obama. Plus there's an all-new Sherlock Holmes experience (tickets an extra £5) and even a 'Fashion Week' area, where you can walk down the catwalk with the likes of Kendall Jenner and Cara Delevigne.

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Venue name: Madame Tussauds
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Address: Marylebone Rd
London
NW1 5LR
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm daily; check website for earlier & later opening
Transport: Tube: Baker St
Price: From £33; £28.80 4-15s; free under-4s; online from £23.10, £20.16 4-15s.
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Tara P
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Madame Tussauds is a mystery to me.


In this day and age, when you can see countless pictures of celebrities and notable figures in magazines, on television and on the internet – why would you go and see a wax figure of them? If you’re desperate to have a selfie with a star, why not use Photoshop?


Despite this, there’s no denying the attraction’s popularity. I suppose, perhaps, because there’s something for everyone. Parents feel that their children might (possibly, maybe) learn something, while they get to indulge in the daydream that the Johnny Depp/ Angeline Jolie figure to their left is actually their other half.


The artistry in the figures is undeniable, even if some are mocked on occasion. However, there’s an elephant in the room. A large, creepy elephant. For some of us (most of us? I don’t want to assume…), being in a room full of lifeless waxworks with dead eyes is one ghost short of a nightmare.


I visited Tussauds on a school trip when I was eight, and can only say that I was traumatised by the experience. The only thing that calmed me down was a calming trip to the planetarium afterwards, and sadly that option is no longer available.


So, I implore you, won’t somebody please think of the children?

Natasha Tooray
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If swarming en-masse figure to figure, to wait minutes to pose in suitably embarrassing manners is up your street, you are in for a treat. Madame Tussauds is a popular attraction in several cities, and I can completely understand. It is a guilty pleasure, which you can create an entire folder of poses with you and your wax boyfriend, Robert Pattinson. 


Very entertaining, I went with family which made the day more fun. 

VieveW
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Went here for the Time Out event 'Madame Tussauds Fashionably Late' and had such a great time! I haven't been to Madame Tussauds, since I was a child so was really excited about this event!

After entering and walking through the cloakroom etc, we were taken up in a lift which opened and then snapped by the paparazzi! We then spent the next 40 minutes or so wandering around the different parts to the museum. Kimye of course have their own wax works, where you can take a selfie on the phone and have it printed by Madame Tussauds! Warning: Kim looks like an absolute beauty so be prepared to feel diminished in her presence haha!

There is then an amazing Fashion Week exhibition where Kendall Jenner is propped up in a chair at a dressing table with lights. We had the opportunity to walk down the catwalk alongside Cara Delevingne watched by the infamous Anna Wintour! They've also added a new 4D Marvel experience which was amazing! Plus the animation was set in London West End!

Overall, it was a really good night and whilst you couldn't get any photos printed or take part in the ride it was a really good opportunity to see the exhibitions without all the Hustle bustle of people and children (no offence). One gripe was that we arrived half an hour past opening time and were no longer allowed a drink which we wasn't told on the voucher offer! Also Madame Tussaud's, if you ever read this, please, please PLEASE, update the Rihanna waxwork...she looks like a sad bushy clown!

Other than that, a great night Madame Tussauds and Time Out. Well done!

Anaelle
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I am not into celebrities and I am not at all into looking at random wax figures. Or so I thought! Because I actually had a great time in there.


It’s quite amusing to be roaming around with your friends, trying to recognise all the famous people displayed. You discover more and more figures in every room (this place is massive, you wouldn’t believe). Big up to the fictional characters! I loved being able to hug Shrek…


Talking about the price though. Beware it’s seriously expensive. And I mean seriously. It’s proper extortionate… But if you have a bit money and some patience to deal with a few crazy kids running around, you’ll have a fine time.

Luisa G
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Tourists - feel free to keep pumping money in to our economy here.


Lodoners - don't be so bleeding stupid. 

Victoria A

We enjoyed our visit to Madame Tussauds Wax museum. The most enjoyable part for me was London Taxi ride. Did not like making a wax hand. The wax was too hot to dip my hand into. The skin on my hand was red and burnt ( like sun burnt) kind of effect Where is the health and safety? The other section that I did not enjoy was the scary chamber. They have actors to dress up to scare people. This horrible figure just keep blocking my way and would not let me cross. When I start pushing her out of the way, she got angry and started shouting "no touching , this is only a job." I think she got a dangerous job there. If it gets too much, visitor may start punching her. That explained why she block my way and not my husband because I am much smaller.

Bigsands

We enjoyed the visit to Madam Tussand. We met both Samuel and Michael, Jackson. This is a great place to hire for a company party, but if the cost is prohibitive you could check out other venue options at http://partyideaslondon.com/ or visit the Party Ideas Incubator on YouTube. The statues at Madame Tussauds are so real that you easily start speaking to one before realising that it hasn't responded. Imagine if they took it to the next level and sampled the person's voice and fitted motion detectors and face recognition to sense when someone spoke to the statue, so that it replied and calls your name. Anyone who now develops this idea needs to send me a gratuity. Twitter/bigsands.

Victoria Ward

Definitely worth a morning! Negatives: Queueing - if you don't book online (which if you want to use a 2 for 1 voucher like we did, you can't), then expect to queue for about 2 hours, this is about what we queued on a weekend in august, arriving at madam tussauds at 9am Scream - a new attraction, included in the general admission price, however, we didn't really rate it, we didn't find it scary and so it just ended up holding up our day and with us having to queue a bit more whilst we were in there, however, there is the option to skip this part, I'd take it! The crowds - obviously there are a lot of other tourists and trying to get a picture with your favourite wax star is a bit of a battle, but certainly not impossible, leave the manners at home and be forceful! Positives Price - we had a two for one voucher which meant it was only £15 each, which is an absolutely bargain, we would have been happy paying £30 each for it, and if you book online or buy tickets as part of an attraction pass it's cheaper anyway. The waxies - obviously lots of fun! The Marvel 4d cinema - fantastic, if you haen't been in a 4d cinema before you're in for a surprise! Taxi ride through the history of London - I think this is the part of Madam Tussauds that changes, but we loved this part and if its counterparts are as good then I'm sure you'll love those too! Tips Make sure you not hungry before you go in as you'll be in there for while! It wouldn't hurt to take a few snacks in with you, you can buy food in there but I'm not sure what the prices are like! We spent about three and a half to four hours there including queueing time, and I'm sure a lot of people linger a lot longer, so allow a full morning or afternoon! Obviously it depends where you're staying as to how you get there, we were staying near Trafalgar square and we found it an easy 25 minute walk at that quiet time of the morning, which saved us a little bit on the tube! Enjoy!