Madame Tussauds, London

Madame Tussauds, London

One of London's most bustling tourist attractions, this establishment is nothing short of the world's most renowned showcase of lifelike wax figures depicting celebrities. Madame Tussaud honed her craft through the creation of death masks for victims of the French Revolution and in 1835, she established her initial exhibition of famous figures near this location, featuring sculpted busts of guillotined aristocrats. It's worth noting that she was fortunate to escape the same fate, unlike her uncle, who initiated the family business but met a less fortunate end.

In days gone by, the Chamber of Horrors used to take the spotlight, featuring murderers and macabre subjects. However, times have changed, and the spotlight now shines on limited exhibitions showcasing characters from the Star Wars universe, Marvel films, and YouTube sensations. One particularly unique experience is the "Spirit of London", a playful, irreverent five-minute journey through the history of London, all within a miniature taxi.

***Sherlock Holmes Walk***

The Madame Tussauds Wax Museum offers an exciting opportunity to get up close and personal with the legendary detective himself, albeit in wax form. Inside the famous museum, visitors can snap selfies alongside two incredibly lifelike wax figures representing the iconic character. The first of these figures is Robert Downey Jr. in his full Sherlock Holmes attire, a nod to the popular film adaptations. The second figure portrays Benedict Cumberbatch, known for his portrayal of Sherlock in the more recent Netflix series. Both wax sculptures provide a unique chance to stand next to these interpretations of Sherlock Holmes, making for unforgettable additions to your photo gallery.

A permanent addition to Madame Tussauds London, the Sherlock Holmes Experience was unveiled on July 15, 2016. It goes beyond mere photo ops and invites visitors to step into the enigmatic world of Sherlock Holmes through an immersive walk-through adventure. This interactive theatrical experience takes place in the atmospheric basement of the Marylebone attraction. During the visit, guests will have the opportunity to don the great detective's iconic deerstalker hat and assist Dr. Watson in finding the enigmatic Sherlock. The experience is a fusion of storytelling, multi-textured theatrical sets, illusion, live actors, sound effects, and spectacle. The adventure concludes with a dramatic and unforgettable 'watery' climax.

Why You Should Visit:
Still a classic thing to do when visiting London. The collection is extensive and you're able to see figurines of celebrities of all stripes.

Tip:
To save on entrance fees and reduce waiting time in line, it's advisable to pre-book tickets online.
Be sure to double-check opening times, too, since they may undergo changes.

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Sight Name: Madame Tussauds
Sight Location: London, England (See walking tours in London)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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