The story of Madame Tussauds began more than 200 years ago. Nowadays this wax museum is one of the most popular attractions in London, for both young and old. From movie stars to world leaders, sports legends, music icons and pop-culture favourites, hundreds of your favourite celebrities are there (or, their likenesses at least) spread across 14 interactive zones.
If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re rubbing shoulders with the stars, head to the Party Area. Walk the red carpet and get a selfie with A-list celebrities, including London-born Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham. Your favourite Hollywood stars are there too: George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Kim Kardashian and many more.
Step onto the Royal Balcony and don't forget to smile and wave while posing with the royal family, or get in the frame with newly-weds Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. To go full Windsor, enjoy Madame Tussauds' Royal Tea for £15 per person, served in the company of Her Majesty the Queen in the ‘gardens of Buckingham Palace’.
Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America – whichever you prefer, unleash your superpowers and strike a pose with the heroes from the Marvel universe. Then, experience a 360-degree, 4D cinema attraction with high-impact special effects. The film, exclusive to Madame Tussauds, tells a London-based adventure of the Marvel heroes.
Kids (of all ages) are going to love The Star Wars Experience. Immerse yourself in the universe created by George Lucas and relive the best moments of Star Wars Episodes I to VII. Witness the legendary lightsaber duel between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, be inspired by Yoda's wisdom and sit alongside Chewbacca at the helm of the Millennium Falcon.
Open seven days a week, this café is located in the heart of Regent's Park, on the Inner Circle. Pop in for lunch, coffee, or enjoy a traditional English breakfast (they have a great veggie version) in a picturesque environment.
This iconic restaurant has been serving fish and chips to Londoners for over 60 years. But what's really unique is that you can choose from among seven different types of fish, from the traditional cod to salmon or even seabass.
Baskin-Robbins is chain of ice cream and cake shops coming straight from the USA. Grab a milkshake or try one of their all-American ice cream flavours, such as Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Mississippi Mud or Rainbow Sherbet.
Visit the home of the world’s most famous fictional detective and dive into the world of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Of course, the museum is located at 221b Baker Street... Elementary, my dear Watson!
Meet the zoo's famous lions, tigers, gorillas and penguins, but also its spiders and reptiles, including the Komodo dragons. And that's not all! Each entry ticket helps support the conservation of endangered species and their habitats.
Art lovers will enjoy visiting this free museum and exploring its large collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture and decorative objects built over the 18th and 19th centuries.
Open every day. The opening hours vary throughout the year, from 9am or 10am until between 4pm and 6pm.
Madame Tussauds is located just a two-minute walk away from Baker Street station (on the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines).
Different tickets and packages are available. Standard adult tickets start at £27. Save when you book online and in advance.
The queues can be very long at Madame Tussauds, especially during summer. To avoid waiting in line for hours, try aiming for the last admission or get priority entrance with a Fast Track ticket (from £37).
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