Reviewed by Dorothy White
I don’t know who was more excited as we boarded the very crowded train for London on Saturday morning. My daughter, my 11 year old granddaughter and myself were off to visit Madame Tussauds, London.
We made our way by Underground to Baker Street from where Madame Tussauds was very easy to find as it was well signposted.
We collected our tickets and made our way to Door 2, thank goodness there was no queue as it was an extremely hot day. After a quick bag search we were inside, programme bought, we were on our way up, up, up in the lift towards the Red Carpet.
It was fantastic in there, the decor very ‘rich’, we ‘met’ loads of stars, some I recognised, some I didn’t, but my daughter quickly put me right. We needn’t have worried though as there was always a sign close by to say who everyone was. My granddaughter quickly learned to nip in quick to have her photograph taken, The Beckhams, Julia Roberts, Shrek, Steven Spielberg………
Then down the stairs to Sport, were there really none of my granddaughter’s swimming heroes on display? Oh well a photograph with Tom Daley, Jennifer Ennis, David Beckham and Usain Bolt would have to do. They were so very realistic; I was fascinated by the sheen of Jennifer Ennis and Usain Bolt’s skin.
Off to meet the Royals, Lady Diana, Henry VIII and the stars of Music, my granddaughter was a huge disappointment to me here, she had no interest whatsoever in The Beatles!!
We loved visiting 10 Downing Street, being able to sit at President Obama’s desk and answer his phone.
There was an option to miss out The Chamber of Horrors, so we took this as none of us felt brave enough to go in there. On to Behind the Scenes to see how the models were made, then the long queue for the Spirit of London Ride. This was spoilt and the wait made longer by those who queue jumped by nipping through the railings, although once we were on this ride through London in a London taxi it was excellent.
The 4D cinema MARVEL Super Heroes film was fantastic, I loved it! The effects were so realistic, we were sneezed on, punched – my usually daredevil granddaughter took off her special glasses part way through as she felt she was going to be hit in the face by missiles.
I noticed toilets at various locations throughout the visit. Parents of young children had to leave their buggies at the entrance and carry the children.
All too soon we were through the gift shop and outside, back in the London sunshine. We had really enjoyed our visit to Madame Tussauds, London and would recommend it to others, but perhaps not those with small children if they were not prepared to carry them.
Tickets cost from £12.90 if booked online (saving up to 50%). For more information, latest ticket prices or to make a booking visit www.madametussauds.com/London.
Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5LR