In 1884 many things happened. The first steam cable trams set off in Highgate, Mr Kellogg patented ‘flaked cereal’ and Marie Tussaud moved into Marylebone Road. Having already made her waxwork debut in the capital in 1802 (32 years after she founded the show in Paris), Tussaud decided to lay down permanent roots and she’s been there ever since. While Madame Tussaud the real life woman passed away in London in 1850, her legacy lives on.
Visitors to Madame Tussauds nowadays will find some 300 lifelike models that come from the worlds of music, movies, fashion, sports, royalty, politics, history and fiction. Major actors such as Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and George Clooney, come together with favourite characters from ‘Star Wars’, ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘ET’. The likes of Einstein, Dickens, Monroe and Chaplin offer a blast from the past. Usain Bolt, Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis-Hill lead the sports personalities, while Kanye, Rihanna and Madonna give off ultimate attitude in the music section. Elsewhere The Queen stands proudly with Will and Kate, Trump and Cameron get a look in, and YouTube stars Zoella and Alfie Deyes (no, us neither) are on hand for the youngsters.
The exhibition goes back as far as 400 years, in their ‘Spirit of London’ ride – a mocked up London taxi that takes you on a journey through the city’s history. Other rides include the floor drop (hold onto your stomachs) in the ‘Chamber of Horrors’, where you’ll find a history of crime and punishment over the last 500 years, with scary special effects and instruments of torture.
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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I went to timeout for their Dead Famous silent disco. As a last minute thing I managed to pull together an outfit in an attempt to look like Audrey Hepburn.
We we greeted by a blood covered Marilyn Monroe and headed straight up to the 5th floor in the lift. We got our headphones and welcome drink of fizz and settled ourselves on with the wax work celebrities amd a few live actors.
This was my first wireless disco and it was a lot of fun, although it did turn into a bit of a karaoke towards the end. There were three channels to tune into and I was switching between them throughout the night. We also got to experience Alien Encounter, an immersive experience where an alien has reportedly escaped.
I was lucky enough to go to the Madame Tussauds Silent Disco on Saturday night. I had never been to a Tussauds before and I have to say the wax figures were more then a little freaky!!! I had to keep checking if they were real and of course some of the staff loved standing still and then jumping out at me HAHAHAHAHA
Sadly there was only a small section of exhibits open, I was looking forward to all the super silly pics I had seen on Instagram. They did have an interactive alien ship thing open which I loved!!! Again the staff were really great.
The silent disco itself was really good, there was 3 DJs playing a good mix of tunes and the headsets worked all over the open area which was brilliant!!
Not sure I would be rushing back as the figures were cool but after about 2 minutes I was like 'is that it' I mean, it is what it is and that just ain't for me. If you do want to go I would highly recommend the Silent Disco night as you get a little taste but also have the fun of dancing the night away :)
Born and raised in London, yet I’ve never been to Madame Tussauds before. So the excitement when I realised I had won a pair of tickets for Madame Tussauds Late nights.
I’ve walked and driven past the venue numerous times throughout my life, always looking at the never ending queue outside. However to my surprise, we arrived at 7pm on a Friday night with no queue, BONUS. Swiftly passed through the friendly security team and began our night on a little ride which put us in a magical mood.
We then arrived at the Marvel section and was whisked away into a theatre room ready for a 4D short movie. Still excited to see what was next, we then started our journey through the various wax works from Starwars to bollywood and then to hollywood. This is where we got to redeem our free drink voucher. We mingled with the stars and hydrated ourselves.
Overall it was a great night, not to packed with visitors, able to enjoy and take pictures to our leisure with the wax works. We didn’t feel rushed and it felt as if we have it on private hire, thats how calm it was.
Highly recommend the late night at Madame Tussauds.
Went to the Friday nights late which meant no kids or queues. It was great fun & so many hilarious photo ops. Really enjoyed the superheroes 4D movie & posing with the various famous people was surprisingly entertaining. All the staff were really friendly & contributed to a unique & unusual night out!
Madame Tussauds - Alien: The Escape Experience (opening night)
I’ve never been to a Madame Tussauds before, or even had the urge to go; the thought of queuing to see wax figures just seems so pointless, and damn right weird. However I managed to get free tickets to opening night of the brand new Alien: The Escape Experience, which I can hands down say was pretty impressive.
We started by going on the little ride, which was really fun & well done. Then we went up into the lift and walked round the wax figures. Some looked creepy & real and others... not to much (I’m talking about the dodgy Britney). I actually enjoyed this part way more than I ever thought I would have, maybe because of the free alcohol, maybe not - who knows.
After this, we queued up to the Alien experience. Now, I do like my haunted houses, and I’ve also been around a few in the US (they do it best). The Alien one was actually really scary, there were way more actors and effects than I expected, and as we went around in a small group of 6, there was nowhere to hide!
I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll stop there. Just go see it for yourself - you’ll love it! Although perhaps pick a time where there might not be as many people as I can imagine it would be hell on Earth to queue for hours.
I gave it 3 stars just because I know the queues will be long.
Madame Tussauds it's a must see on the list of all my relatives and friends visiting London. I still don't understand why because there are so many more "London" related place they could visit but they always ask me to bring them here.
It's organised very well and if you book online you don't even have to queue. Also it's not just a wax museum, there is much more, an immersive experience, a 4 dimensional mini-movie and a ride on the London's iconic black cab. You can't be disappointed and all my guest love it and will love to go back.
Unfortunately it's alway busy and I feel they could do better by organising groups like they do at the Harry Potter studios where despite being always full of people you can enjoy the visit much better.
Going back to Madame Tussauds was like regressing to my childhood (with added Prosecco - YAY!).I was equal parts excited and dubious to see what it was like to experience as an adult and whether it would live up to my memory - and safe to say it faired rather well. Reunited with old favourites such as Spirit of London ride, The Queen, and Posh & Becks and plenty of newer additions and up-to-date references to modern day culture, including the likes of Kimye, Usain Bolt and Zoella.
The newest feature is the Alien Escape Exhibit, based on the movie Alien: Convenant (which I’m yet to see) the immersive experience puts you in the scene, along with live actors and terrifically terrifying extraterrestrial waxworks. Although very well executed, I did hope for it to be a bit more memorable – the experience was all over in what seemed very short amount of time and I would have liked it to perhaps me a bit more interactive in the style of the Escape Rooms, where participants have to solve clues and complete actions in order to evacuate successfully.
I love Madame Tussauds.
If you are a huge celebrity fan this is the place for you, and now with the added Alien and Star Wars experiences I think this place is just getting better and better. Some figures far enough have seen better days, but considering you are allowed to touch, hug even kiss them it is not surprising. Where else can I have a selfie with Kim K, run from an Alien or cuddle Yoda.
My favourite part is the black cab ride which has been there since I was a child. The figures are so old but I love the journey through the history of London.
Not too keen on the Marvel 4D, but then I'm not a much fan of 4D experiences in general- I'm sure kids would love it though.
The Star Wars section is by far my favourite. The detail on the figures is insane! I was lucky enough to go to the opening and speak to some of the sculptors about how they create the figures and it's fascinating. Everything even down to the costume is replicated to such great detail. I left with a true appreciation for the art work involved in creating the figures- which I think is very easy to overlook.
My only negative comment is how busy it is, but it just shows how popular the historic attraction is.
I have never been inside a Madame Tussaud but it was way better than I had anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed the history ride in the beginning. Some of those wax figures were very realistic. Thank you Timeout for inviting us along to this cool event!
So as with most last time I went to Madam was a very long time ago perhaps when I was in high school. My memories of this place remain very pleasant, you know minus the hundred people in every single picture I had (but that has now been fixed thanks to round two!). Off I went on an weekday evening to see what Madam Tussauds newest experience had to offer: *Drumrolls* The New Alien Experience, come on everyone loves a little role-play and not knowing what to expect. The Alien Experience is an interactive “immersive experience” which lasts just short of 5 Minutes. Idea is your team is bunch of high tech engineers who are there to save the ship from Aliens taking over. I know what your thinking, but honestly it was so much fun and something that’s a little different to spice up the current wax figure experience. Yikes it had me yelping and laughing at the same time.
They have also added a couple of new wax figures which they consistently update, such as the new King Kong/ Jungle section, which was great. I did feel like I had Kong watching me as I slowly walked away… Worth checking out at least once if you have never been, you will be surprised at how much it has to offer.
Madame Tussauds is always good fun - I've had the chance to visit in Amsterdam, Las Vegas and London now, but London was honestly my favourite. (Yes, even compared to Las Vegas - the figures here are closer to home!).
There's something strange in the sensation of getting to touch wax figures who look like your favourite characters, like putting your finger up Shrek's nose or finally giving Yoda the stroke and hug you've always really wanted to. Then there's the weird feeling of pretending to hold hands with Benedict Cumberbatch or buddying up with the Queen. Why do we enjoy it? Hard to say, but we really do. Undeniable.
London's MT is massive and has enough entertainment to keep you busy for at least a good two hours. We've got the usual crowd of celebrities, sport stars, film characters, political figures and the lot; but then there's the Star Wars, Marvel and now Alien collection too. No one is left unsatisfied - you name it, they have it.
Highly recommend sticking around for the Marvel mini-film too: a fun 3D experience and because it's dark, you can just hide in the crowd of 5-year-olds and pretend you're not really here for yourself. Even though you are.
As usual, grab your fully charged camera and get ready to get weirdly excited about life-size wax figures. And don't be ashamed to touch!
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.
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.
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!
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