Ever wanted to see how sparkly Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is up close? Fancied giving David Beckham a peck on the cheek? Or wanted to tag model Cara Delevingne in a selfie with you on Instagram? Then head to Madame Tussauds for (almost) the real thing. Hug, kiss and pose with some of the most realistic looking wax works in the world and take part in loads of interactive activities with the wax-made stars from film, music, theatre and even royalty. There’s so much to see, you’ll have thought you’d have just got transported to Hollywood.
An interesting history to say the least, Madame Tussaud was an incredibly talented lady indeed. A former art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister in France and avid fan of Dr. Philippe Curtius - a physician in wax modelling- in 1793 she was imprisoned during the French Revolution. In order to prove her allegiance and be released, she was asked to make death masks of the King, Queen and other prominent figures.
Having inherited Curtius’ waxwork collection after he died, she decided to take all of the collection on tour as an exhibition, established a base at The Baker Street Bazaar and created an additional exhibit called The Chamber of Horrors. After her death, her grandsons continued on her legacy and despite a World War II bomb destroying over 300 of the waxwork heads, this didn’t stop the creations.
Nowadays, all the sculpting techniques are carried out by a team of talented sculptors who continue to use the same techniques Madame Tussaud used herself over 200 years ago!
When you’re in a prime location opposite Regent’s Park, why wouldn’t you make a day of seeing the sights and attractions of London? With Baker Street just round the corner as well as Marylebone rail station, you’re also incredibly close to London Zoo and trendy Camden Town.
Just a 10 minute stroll away is nearby rail station, Marylebone. You can also catch the underground from here too as it’s also on the Bakerloo line.
Easily picked up from Central London, the following buses stop at Madame Tussauds: 13, 18, 27, 30, 74, 82, 113, 139 and 189. 205, 274 and 453.
A two minute walk from Baker Street underground station. There's easy access from anywhere in Central London! Regent’s Park station isn’t far away.
Save yourself some extra cash (and queuing time!) by buying your tickets to Madame Tussauds in advance, online. They’re a lot cheaper and there is a separate, faster queue for ticket holders.
If you’re thinking of visiting later in the day, allow yourself at least 90 minutes to see all of your favourite waxwork celebrities and idols before the doors close for the day.
With a designated lift inside the building for wheelchair users, getting around the levels is easy. Booking ahead is recommended as there is only room for three wheelchairs at one time. There are toilets on every floor as well as one baby changing room for the little ones.
As the only waxwork museum in the world to get full celebrity endorsement, even the stars themselves can’t believe they’re actually seeing double. Home to over 300 wax figures of all everyone’s favourite stars and icons, you’ll see them dotted around 15 interactive zones. There’s also the theme park style ‘Spirit of London’ ride that takes you through the capital’s history in an iconic black cab as well as an immersive experience with one of the nation’s favourite detectives, Sherlock Holmes. So get your magnifying glasses at the ready!
If you’re on a family day out, nothing beats a meal you can all share. Head to Opso, a Greek restaurant with a twist serving lots of sharer plates such as souvlaki tacos, meatballs tartare and snails and chips (yes, snails!)
For something a little more laid back, head to The Volunteer for breakfast, brunch, dinner and a tasty Sunday roast. Favourite dishes include beef pie with roasted vegetables and traditional fish and chips with mushy peas.