Our trip to Madame Tussauds - London

Monday, November 10, 2014

In October 2013, me & the boyfriend decided to finally make that trip to Madame Tussauds. I'd been before as a child with my Mother and I remember having my photo with Brad Pitt, Darcey Bussel and The Beatles, who at that time I didn't know who they were, and I even thought Jean Paul Gaultier was a prisoner (why I would think they would spend thousands recreating criminals I don't know)  but maybe that's just proving how young I was during that trip, & it was definitely time to revisit this landmark.

I went a year ago, so things may have slightly changed now, but I've just made this decision that im going to try to go through all, well a lot, okay a few of the albums in my mobile & try to blog about them, so cheers to 1 down when this is posted!

Madame Tussauds opened over 200 years ago, & in 1835 got its first permanent location base at Baker Street Bazaar, where visitors originally paid 6 pence to get in. It now resides at Marylebone Road, and has done ever since 1884 and has literally been a busy tourist attraction since day one!

Madame Tussauds was born as Marie Grosholtz & learnt her skills from Dr Philippe Curtius, and was forced to make death masks during the French Revolution which are also on display at the waxwork museum, along with the Guillotine that beheaded Marie Antoinette, and the oldest figure on display, Louis XV's sleeping mistress, sculpted in 1763.

Madame Tussauds is split up into numerous sections, and I will show you a few of the snaps I took (not including every waxwork), taking you through the museums journey in the order it appears in.

As you enter your welcomed to the celebrity red carpet 'party' event, section 1.

Below I have snapped,

Emma Watson,
Colin Firth,
Kate Winslet,
Dame Helen Mirren,
Victoria & David Beckham,
Chanelle Sadie Paul,
George Clooney,
Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie,
Leonardo DiCaprio,
Naomi Campbell,
Jennifer Lopez,
Morgan Freeman,
Taylor Lautner,
Jean Paul Gaultier,
Johnny Depp.

Section 2 shares the same area, and covers a few Bollywood stars.


Madhuri Dixit-Nene
Aishwarya Rai
Shah Rukh Khan

Section 3 covers film.

Below we have,

Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's,
Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch,
Charlie Chaplin,
Daniel Craig in James Bond,
E.T. in E.T. Phone Home
Stephen Spielberg,
Bruce Willis in Die Hard,
Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator.

Section 4 Sport.

The first photo is dedicated to The Olympics 2012,

Tom Daley,
Jessica Ennis-Hill,
Olga Korbut
Usain Bolt,

Second photo is associated with football,

Christiano Ronaldo,
David Beckham (making his second appearance),
Jose Mourino,

Final photo is a mix of sports,

Tiger Woods,
Muhammad Ali,
Rafael Nadal,
Jonny Wilkinson.

The Royals are in at section number 6.

And personally I think we fit right in, no?

The Queen - Elizabeth,
Prince Phillip,
Duke of Cambridge - Prince William,
Duchess of Cambridge - Catherine 'Kate' Middleton,
Princess Diana - of Wales,
Prince Harry,
Prince Charles,
Duchess of Cornwall - Camilla

Section 7 continues on to be culture,

Few below are,

Albert Einstein,
Stephen Hawking,
Vincent Van Gogh.

The next section is our music stars. One direction have their own photo opportunity section at the towards the beginning of the tour, after the red carpet party, but I am showing them here with the music stars, as that is officially who they are.


Britney Spears,
Cheryl (now Fernandez Versini),
Bob Marley,
Justin Bieber,
Robbie Williams.

Continuing on to World Leaders, section 8.

The Men!

David Cameron,
Boris Johnson,
Barack Obama.

Section 9 & 10 is the Chamber of Horror & Scream! Which most of it you couldn't take pictures so there's not really too much to show.  I'm always petrified of jumpy things or dark areas, or the thought of something touching me, but we were reassured no one or nothing would touch us, so me & Fran ended up leading the small group through, I screamed at every chance possible,  and after one person scaring the living daylight out of me, he then asked to touch the bun on my head! After ages of me holding up the followers behind me arguing with him that we were told no one would touch us, I finally gave in & let him grab it! A weird scenario, but it only enhanced my memories & petrified pleasure of the chamber tour, to be fair that may have pretty much been the only time I opened my eyes!

Section 11 is behind the scenes at Madame Tussauds,  which I didn't take pictures of, other than the historical pictures I started this post with.

12 is the Spirit of London ride. This was a lovely tour in the infamous London black cab. It started with Elizabethan London, William Shakespeare,  The plague, The Great Fire of London killing off the plague, Sir Christopher Wren, The Battle of Trafalgar,  Queen Victoria, The Industrial Revolution, The World Wars, The Swinging Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties and beyond, bringing us right up to the bright lights, sights & joys of current London.

The final chapter of the waxworks were Marvel Super Heroes, section 13. My partner really enjoyed this section, & I was overly impressed with the ginormous Hulk waxwork prompting me to pretend I was being attacked by the one and only Hulkster!


The Incredible Hulk,
The Invisible Woman - Jessica Alba,
Captain America - Christopher Robert Evans,
Nick Fury - Samual L Jackson,
Iron Man.
Spider Man.

This then followed on with section 14, a 4D Movie Experience of the Marvel Super Heroes, which was fantastic & we both thoroughly enjoyed it.

The Museum then ended like the tourist attractions all do, with the merchandise shop, which I clearly wanted to purchase anything & everything!  But we did narrow it down to a plastic 'Madame Tussauds' drinks container with a straw, which I think I have used once, twice at a push!

I'm so glad I got to revisit Madame Tussauds again, but the only thing I would change if I got to go again, would be to take the journey much slower. As it gets so busy, you tend to rush to take a picture with a waxwork, otherwise you get no chance, but this also meant, I jumped in, got the shot & didn't really spend as much time taking in the actual detail & pure beauty of these waxwork figures.

But none the less thank you for a pleasant experience.

Muchos Love,

Chanelle SP

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