What is it?
Madame Tussauds is a world-famous chain of museums containing incredible life-like waxwork figures of celebrities and other notably famous people. It has museums all over the world, including seven in Europe, another seven in the United States and nine in Asia.
Arguably the most well-known and respected Madame Tussauds museum is in London, where it originated in 1835.
Who can I expect to see there?
The royal family are a regular favourite, with tourists always keen to get their photo taken next to life-size replicas of Queen Elizabeth II, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
There are also waxworks of some of the biggest names in music (Freddie Mercury, Adele, One Direction, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Kanye West) and sport (Usain Bolt, Mohammad Ali, Jessica Ennis-Hill CBE, Mo Farah CBE, Tom Daley and Rafael Nadal).
You’ll have the chance to step through the silver screen by grabbing a selfie with some of Hollywood’s most-loved characters including E.T, Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s, the Terminator, Whoopi Goldberg in Sister Act and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games.
A Star Wars section also includes recreations of some of the franchise’s most famous scenes and settings including the Cantina, Tattooine, the Millenium Falcon, Yoda’s Dagobah, Jabba the Hutt’s throne room, the duel of fates and Mustafar.
Some of the most notable Marvel superheroes also adopt three-dimensional form at Madame Tussauds with the Hulk, Spiderman, Iron Man, Wolverine and the Invisible Woman (in visible mode) all present.
A more conventional culture section includes waxwork figures of Albert Einstein, Charles Dickens, Stephen Hawking and William Shakespeare.
How often is it updated?
New faces are constantly being added to Madame Tussauds’ line-up.
Recent arrivals include President Donald Trump, who has naturally replaced Barack Obama in a mock-up of the Oval Office. Special temporary sections were also created to mark the release of the Warcraft and Angry Birds movies in 2016.
Where is it?
You’ll find Madame Tussauds London on Marylebone Road in Marylebone. The postcode is NW1 5LR.
How do I get there?
As with most London destinations, the most convenient and efficient way to get to Madame Tussauds London is by taking the Tube.
The nearest Underground station is Baker Street, which is well served with no fewer than five lines: Bakerloo, Circle, Hammersmith & City, Jubilee and Metropolitan.
Alternatively, you could take any of the following bus routes: 18, 27, 30, 205, 453, N18 and N20, alighting at Baker Street Station Stop E, beside the University of Westminster.
When is it open?
Opening times vary throughout the year to accommodate anticipated demand and school holidays.
When the schools are in, the museum opens between 10am and 4pm in the week then 9am and 5pm at weekends.
During half-term, Easter and summer holidays, it opens between 8.30am and 6pm.
Christmas Day is the only day it doesn’t open. As opening times can change at short notice for various reasons, double-check before making your way down.
How long are the queues?
Madame Tussauds London is considered by most London tourists as a must-see attraction and as such, lengthy queues can develop at peak times, such as weekends and school holidays.
Predicting waiting times can be difficult but if you are visiting during these peak periods, then it tends to be quieter at first admission or late afternoon towards last admission.
Where should I get tickets?
Online. You can pay more than double by purchasing tickets in person at the booth, so buying your tickets through the Madame Tussauds website is definitely the way to go.
There are a range of deals where you can buy tickets for the museum, as well as other notable attractions such as the London Eye, SEALIFE Aquarium, London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure. Tickets are valid for 90 days from the date of your Madame Tussauds visit and prices vary during peak periods.
But I’m only interested in visiting Madame Tussauds…
That’s fine; you can just purchase a single standard ticket online, no problem.
What else is nearby?
Plenty. Just five minutes down the road is the 395-acre Regent’s Park, which is home to London Zoo and an open air theatre. Before that is the Sherlock Holmes Museum on 221b Baker Street – where else?!
Further into Marylebone is the Wallace Collection, which is one of Europe’s finest collections of works of art, paintings, furniture, arms & armour and porcelain.
A little further South brings you to Oxford Street, the busiest shopping street in Europe.