Despite being somewhat a fan of tourist attractions, I really haven’t been to that many in London. My trips to London before I moved here consisted mainly of seeing shows. Fun stuff since moving also consists mainly of seeing shows…
However, when my sister came to visit in July, she suggested we go to Madame Tussauds. I would have loved to visit sooner, but it is a bit expensive, so it was nice to have a reason to go. Luckily, I thought it was worth it!
We pre-booked tickets, as apparently the queues are ridiculously long otherwise. We still waited for about fifteen minutes, but it wasn’t so bad – we knew it would be busy. It wasn’t as completely mobbed as I would have thought for a Friday in July; I’m sure a Saturday would be more unbearable.
The first room is like a Hollywood/Bollywood party, and we soon spotted Johnny Depp and Brangelina. We got photos with fellow Scot, Sean Connery, had a seat beside George Clooney and Hayley posed for a selfie with Kim Kardashian. OK, it all sounds very weird.
Afterwards, there’s a section dedicated to One Direction, which you can skip if you don’t feel like queuing amongst the fangirls. We figured that we might as well make the most of our tickets, so we waited to see them. This is one of the waxworks where you can get an official photo if you like, but you can still take pictures yourself as well.
After that, there is a room with more of Hollywood’s biggest movie stars including Robin Williams, Bruce Willis, ET, and the one that seemed particularly popular with the men present, Marilyn Monroe. I would have been happy to queue for pictures, as were plenty of people, but there were more who were just cutting to the front, so you occasionally had to be a bit ruthless to get any pictures!
Next up were the famous sports personalities, including several Olympic stars and Rafael Nadal. This is where our limited interest in sport failed us a little, as I didn’t recognise a fair few here. F1’s only representative was Lewis Hamilton, who isn’t our favourite driver, but we got a photo with him anyway.
After that we pretended we were royals, got a photo with Shakespeare, and saw the waxwork of Madame Tussaud herself. There is also a section of various world leaders and influential figures, including President Obama.
Once the majority of the waxwork section is over, there is the Chamber of Horrors. I didn’t see the connection with the museum at all, only realising later that there are waxwork figures in here too. People jump out at you as you go round, so we were too busy screaming to notice any of this!
Towards the end is the Marvel Super Heroes 4D Experience, with waxworks of various superheroes before a short 4D film. I have concluded that I find 4D experiences a little bizarre, but it was quite entertaining.
Finally, there is a section with waxworks of some of the famous characters from Star Wars including Yoda, Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. I don’t think all tickets include this part, so check before you buy if you’re keen to see this section.
If you have zero interest in celebrity it might be difficult to appreciate, but the waxworks are so impressive. Some of the best ones were Morgan Freeman, Johnny Depp and Rafael Nadal:
Overall, we were here for just over two hours, and I think this was a decent amount of time to see the majority of exhibits without getting too tired or losing concentration. If you have done a lot of the historical attractions already, this can be a fun morning or afternoon for the family.
Buy tickets in advance for £23.10 from the website to avoid paying £33 on the door. You can also get deals if you also plan to visit the London Eye, the Dungeon or other Merlin attractions.