Madame Tussauds needs no introduction. Does it? With over twelve branches all over the world in places like L.A, Amsterdam, Germany and the most noted one in London, Madame Tussauds is a craze everywhere. Everyday, hundreds of people only dream to visit one of the Madame Tussauds Museums; preferably the one in London ; and click photographs with their favorite celebrities. And, I started my Day 3 of London Adventures with a visit to the Madame Tussauds museum, early morning at 9:30 am.
The moment the elevators to the display room opened, the wall which adorned several virtual media photographer visuals greeted me. With real lights imitating the flash of the camera; it made me feel like an important person. In fact, that can make anyone feel like an important person. Oh and the red carpet accompanied it 😛 ! When I walked into the room; it was already full . I could hear giggles, laughter, high pitch voices of excitement, everywhere throughout the room.
Being an Indian, naturally my first interest was towards the Bollywood celebrities. While I knew about Amitabh, Aishwarya and Shah Rukh Khan’s presence; Katrina came as a surprise. Moreover, Shah Rukh Khan was the only celebrity, whose wax statue was changed and given the avatar of his on-screen character in his newly released movie FAN.
Taking photographs with the Hollywood celebs was the major highlight for me. I personally, adore Leonardo Di Caprio, Sir Ben Kingsley, Julia Roberts and the outspoken Emma Watson.
After a while, my camera gave up. (I had taken far too many photographs than the memory card could hold 😛 ) So, I started taking selfies. To be honest, I am not a selfie person but without a camera what else could I do; and when in Tussauds selfie is the Tussauds way.
One cannot really forget the yesteryear classics. Though, I would not call Srek yesteryear ; cause it is very much relevant even today; but nevertheless, Srek truly is a Classic in its own way. Also, I don’t normally go out for a ride, but when I do, I take ET for the ride with me. 😛 .
Can music ever be discussed without mentioning The Beatles?
I am not much of a sports fan, but I wouldn’t mind posing for one photo?
While I had thought that Tussauds only hosts wax statues, I was for a surprise when the journey continued on a ride. The ride lasting for about five minutes turning left, right, up down, diagonal and all probable paths possible illustrated the history of London through wax statues. From William Shakespeare, to the dungeons ; from market scenes to misery, plague and death every scene was depicted as if it was happening in front of the audience.
At the end of the day, what one takes away from Tussauds is memories. Oh and a selfie/ photo with Lady Marie Tussauds, after whom the entire museum is named.
The highlights of the museum are :
- Taking photographs with your much-loved celebrities.
- Exploring the history of London through a ride.
- Watching the Marvel 4-D show (optional)
- Getting a first hand demo on how the wax statues are actually made.
- Walking the ramp in front of Anna Wintour and getting a photograph of it.
- Shopping at the Tussauds shop.
Some additional Information about the museum:
Address: Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LR
Opening Days: Monday- Friday: 9:30 AM- 5: 30 PM
Saturday- Sunday: 9 AM- 6 PM
Tickets: Standard £23.79 (approx.)
Official Website: https://www.madametussauds.co.uk/london/en/
Tip: It is better to book the tickets online rather than wait in the queue to purchase it physically. Buying it online, makes it less expensive and saves time and energy. Also, Madame Tussauds is managed by the Merlin Entertainments. There are certain clubbed passes available where one can get entries to two or more attractions by the Merlin Entertainments along with Madame Tussauds.