Refueled with delicious beer battered fish and chips, we headed to Madame Tussauds London, to spend the rest of the day away.
We love Fish & Chips!!
History of Madame Tussauds
200 years of fame
Millions and millions of people have flocked through the doors of Madame Tussauds since they first opened over 200 years ago and it remains just as popular as it ever was.
There are many reasons for this enduring success, but at the heart of it all is good, old-fashioned curiosity. Today’s visitors are sent on a unique, emotionally-charged journey through the realms of the powerful and famous.
The museum-style ropes and poles have gone so guests can truly get up, close and personal with A-list celebrities, sporting legends, political heavyweights and historical icons, reliving the times, events and moments that made the world talk about them….
From France to Britain
The attraction’s history is a rich and fascinating one, with roots dating back to the Paris of 1770. It was here that Madame Tussaud learnt to model wax likenesses under the tutelage of her mentor, Dr Philippe Curtius.
At the age of 17, she became art tutor to King Louis XVI’s sister at the Palace Of Versailles and then, during the French Revolution, was hastily forced to prove her allegiance to the feudalistic nobles by making the death masks of executed aristocrats.
Madame Tussaud came to Britain in the early 19th century alongside a travelling exhibition of revolutionary relics and effigies of public heroes and rogues.
Bringing The News to Life
At a time when news was communicated largely by word of mouth, Madame Tussauds’ exhibition was a kind of travelling newspaper, providing insight into global events and bringing the ordinary public face-to-face with the people in the headlines.
Priceless artifacts from the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars brought to vividly life events in Europe which had a direct bearing on everyday lives.
Figures of leading statesmen and, in the Chamber of Horrors, notorious villains put faces to the names on everyone’s lips and captured the public imagination.
In 1835, Madame Tussauds’ exhibition established a permanent base in London as the Baker Street Bazaar – visitors paid ‘sixpence’ for the chance to meet the biggest names of the day.
Fast forward and the attraction has since moved to its present site in Marylebone Road, on 1884.
Blending History and Celebrity
In the 20th century Madame Tussauds’ role began to change.
Thanks to the rapid growth of both popular tabloid press and public literacy, information about current events was easily acquired.
The attraction gradually, therefore, became less a source of direct news, than a commentary on popular celebrity.
It also came through some major upheavals, surviving near destruction by fire in 1925, earthquake on 1931 and even World War II “Blitz” bombing. Today, Madame Tussauds is bigger and better than ever, combining its diverse history with the relentless glamour, intrigue and infamy of 21st century celebrity.
Some of Madame Tussauds’ original work and earliest relics are still on display in London, including the death masks she was forced to make during the French Revolution and the Guillotine that beheaded Marie Antoinette.
Guests can also marvel at probably the earliest example of animatronics – “Sleeping Beauty”, a breathing likeness of Louis XV’s sleeping mistress Madame du Barry sculpted in 1763, is the attraction’s oldest figure on display.
And then there are the more contemporary, more interactive stars. From Brad Pitt, with his squeezable bum, to Kate Moss, alongside whom you can pose for the cover of a glossy fashion mag, the biggest names in entertainment, sport and politics are all dazzlingly represented; authentic down to the very last eye lash….
Finger On The Pulse
Madame Tussauds continues regularly to add figures that reflect contemporary public opinion and celebrity popularity – Bollywood kings like Shah Rukh Khan; Hollywood sirens such as Nicole Kidman; pop idols Timberlake and Minogue.
The attraction also continues to expand globally with established international branches in New York, Hong Kong, Las Vegas, Shanghai, Bangkok, Amsterdam, Washington DC, Berlin, Hollywood and Tokyo – all with the same rich mix of interaction, authenticity and local appeal.
A visit to Madame Tussauds is essential – where else can you savor two centuries of fame and notoriety, and tell the great and good exactly what you think of them?
It’ll be your most famous day out, ever!
You’re invited to Madame Tussauds’ exclusive A-list party!
Just strike a pose for the paparazzi and then join the world’s most famous stars.
Rub shoulders with award winners like Kate Winslet, Colin Firth and Dame Helen Mirren.
Mingle with the likes of Nicole Kidman, Leonardo DiCaprio and the stunning Angelina Jolie!
Cosy up to some of Hollywood’s hottest hunks from Brad Pitt to Taylor Lautner and George Clooney.
Meet stars old and new at this not to be missed party, where you will be the VIP!
At Madame Tussauds, the red carpet is rolled up every day to give celebrity seekers from all over the world the chance to mix with Hollywood and Bollywood’s most loved stars at a glittering film premiere.
Meet them all, from the old times to new, you’ll be able to meet with Charlie Chaplin and Bruce Willis and more!
Even more stars to grace the red carpet, to name a few; from Marilyn Monroe to Tom Cruise and even Tinker Bell and Shrek – you’ll probably feel like a superstar yourself!!
Indiana Jones is waiting to be discovered and even Arnie is there as the Terminator to make sure you’ll “be back”.
And our favorite of them all? Johnny Depp A.K.A. Captain Jack Sparrow!
In the Bollywood area you can get up close and personal to some of the biggest names in Indian cinema!
Meet Bollywood ledgend Shah Rukh Khan who has appeared in some of the highest grossing Bollywood movies of all time. You can also come face to face with India’s Bollywood Princess Aishwarya Rai who has been in over 40 Bollywood movies.
Heartthrob Hrithik Roshan is waiting to delight fans in his “Dhoom” Style outfit and pose, and finally the newest addition Award-winning Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit-Nene, famed for her amazing dancing, is here for all to see!
Challenge your heroes in the Sports Zone!
Test your sporting skill against your favorite sporting heroes in this fast paced and interactive Zone!
Choose to take a penalty under the watchful eye of David Beckham or step up to the crease with batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
You can also walk directly underneath Olympic Hopeful Tom Daley as he is suspended mid dive, and enjoy the interactive pool projection!
If you’re brave enough, prove them all wrong and weigh in with Muhammad Ali – your official boxing weight class might surprise you!
No visit to London would be complete without an audience with the Queen.
You’ll not just meet the reigning monarch, but Charles and Camilla, as well as the dashing Princes William and Harry and the beautiful Princess Diana.
Past Royals also take up residence here, Henry the VIII, Elizabeth I and many past Kings and Queens await your arrival.
Also recently, new figures of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are now here for you to see, along side a new figure of The Queen, to celebrate The Diamond Jubilee.
Step into the culture zone and get up close and personal with the greatest intellectual giants that have changed the way we live and think.
Take an interactive IQ test with Einstein, get some creative inspiration from Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde or even Charles Dickens before testing your creativity with Picasso!
It’s the Grammys meets the Brits, with legends old and young and you’ve been given a back stage pass to the biggest music event of the year!
Christina Aguilera is here waiting for her single ladies alongside Rihanna who is ready to get the party started with J Lo!
In fact…EVERYONE is here!!
From Madonna to Kylie Minogue, J Lo, Beyonce too and so much more!
Justin Timberlake is ready to see your best dance moves, and Beiber is waiting to pose with his fans.
Legends from the Beatles to Bob Marley and Elvis Presley to Michael Jackson are all here for you music lovers!
You can also get one last look at the late deceased Amy Winehouse.
And of course, this is London and Madame Tussauds London will not be complete without the country’s poster boy; Robbie Willams!
Looks like you made a wrong turn. It’s really dark here. Hello? Did you hear that?? Follow the light and you’ll be safe, right?
Deep within the Chamber of Horrors, things take an even scarier turn.
Here you will find a maximum security prison has been taken over by its unhinged inmates. Live and on the loose, they want nothing less than to give you nightmares.
You are deep within the mirror maze, where your fears will be unearthed. SCREAM! Pick your path but be warned.
Be warned should you decide to enter SCREAM, you’ll need to warm up your vocal chords to ensure you can scream loud enough to be rescued.
But then again, who is going to come to your aid..?
Marvel Super Heroes 4D will take you right inside the Super Heroes’ top secret command center – S.H.I.E.L.D (Supreme Headquarters International Espionage Law-enforcement Division) – and you will be immersed from the moment you arrive. Hulk’s gigantic legs can be seen standing astride a massive plinth, his torso disappearing through a gaping hole in the ceiling.
The super sized Super Hero has broken out of his Gamma Chamber triggering warning lights and emergency alarms. Circling around the massive feet of the gargantuan 4.5m tall figure, you can gaze up and get a tantalizing glimpse of what awaits on the next level.
THE HALL OF HEROES
Next stop is The Hall of Heroes for some close up and interactive Super Hero action.
A very angry Hulk bursts up through the floor with muscles rippling across his huge chest, face contorted in rage. You can measure up to his outsized vital statistics, stand inside his huge outstretched hand and even “turn Hulk” yourself courtesy of a special interactive that will make you appear very, very big and very, very green.
Nearby, showing off his amazing arachnid powers, is Spider-Man and a cleverly inverted office scene means you can literally “hang out” with him on the ceiling.
The figure of Wolverine as portrayed by Hugh Jackman, shows off his awesome foot long Adamantium claws to full effect and you can try them out for size with some special replica versions.
No stranger to danger, The Invisible Woman can melt away into the ether and an ingenious graphic effect will allow fans to become semi transparent as you stand alongside her figure.
The Invisible Woman is portrayed by Jessica Alba. You can also find out much more about the featured Super Heroes via graphic light boxes and interactive displays.
Linking the Hall of Heroes to the final level is the Heroes Gallery – a futuristic gallery space with Super Hero artwork and a mutant mirror wall that will show some very alternative images.
SUPER HERO TEST AREA
Themed as a test laboratory the next level is full of high tech equipment and you will come face to face with one of the most technologically advanced Super Heroes of them all – Iron Man.
Stepping inside Tony Stark’s work room you will be able to measure up to his alter ego in full Super Hero regalia.
Across the room is S.H.I.E.L.D boss, Nick Fury – portrayed by Samuel L Jackson, keeping a watchful eye on proceedings as you prepare to enter the final phase of their Super Hero adventure – the Marvel Super Hero 4D auditorium.
The latest addition to the collection of superheroes is Captain America! Here, you can measure up to the star of the recent theatrical release of Captain America: The First Avenger, with an amazing re-creation of the character complete with bulging biceps, trademark costume and actual props used in the movie.
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