If you want to look at a load of lifeless dummies, then why not visit the House of Commons ? or Luton.
I fail to understand how this attraction is still at the top of many tourists "Must see" list.
I've been a couple of times (usually taking friends who have insisted) in the past few years and have been quite disappointed at having to part withstupid amounts of money to see a few waxworks. (current price TWENTY EIGHT QUID !)
It's not even as if much humour is injected - such as with the "Spitting Image" puppets that were displayed a few years back elsewhere.
The main problem is the crowds (although they must limit numbers for fire reasons), that create a great swarm of humanity moving through.
I believe there is a new "interactive" section which mainly involves Brittney Spear's or Kylie's cute arse rotating - this must show quite how low the level of the I.Q of the average visitor must me.
Go to Baker street tube, and join the Queue if you really have to.
Unique Suggestions: Look in the section where they show how the models are made : actually quite interesting. The rows of heads labelled up here (as they are not currently on display) is also worth a look.
I'm not a huge fan of Madame Tussauds but I wouldn't call it a tourist trap. I have mixed feelings about the place. Yes, it is silly, crowded and expensive. If, however, you are travelling with kids, it could be great fun. And if you're a fan of Stan Lee's work, the Marvel 4D Experience is fantastic.
Unique Suggestions: Buy your tickets online to avoid the long queues.
Fun Alternatives: The Sherlock Holmes Museum is in the area - check it out!
I've already written about quite what an awful tourist trap Madame Tussaud's is, but in December 2004 they managed to drop to an even lower, publicity grabing low of tawdry tackiness...My advice is take a portable radiator and stand it next to the whole insult to taste. May I thus refer to the following News report :
LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Church leaders united on Wednesday to condemn a Christmas Nativity tableau depicting soccer star David Beckham as Joseph and his pop singer wife Victoria as the Virgin Mary.
Anglicans, Catholics and Presbyterians called the exhibit at Madame Tussaud's waxwork museum in London a new low in the cult of celebrity worship.
In the tableau, Australian pop star Kylie Minogue hovers above the crib as an angel while "Posh Spice" Victoria lays her shawled head tenderly on Beckham's shoulder.
Tony Blair, George W. Bush and the Duke of Edinburgh star as The Three Wise Men. The shepherds are played by Hollywood star Samuel L. Jackson, British actor Hugh Grant and camp Irish comedian Graham Norton.
The Vatican was not amused.
"This is worse than bad taste. It is cheap," an official Vatican source told Reuters in Rome
I went to Madame Tussaud's at a friend's insistance. I found it to be quite cheesy - filled with screaming teenage girls with cameras - which makes it even more difficult to justify such a long queue to get into the building, even though we'd already purchased tickets online. I would recommend this only to wax figure enthusiasts...if there happen to be any.
Unique Suggestions: Only go to Madame Tussaud's once you've done and experienced absolutely everything else that London has to offer. And if you absolutely must go, pre-order your tickets online to make the wait shorter, be prepared to deal with lots of crowds, and don't forget your sense of humour. It'll make it more bearable.
It would have to be a very wet day for me to spend £22.50 per person to see this exhibition. I thinks it's very overpriced and overrated.
Plenty of other things to do in the wet!
Unique Suggestions: Spend as long as possible in the warm and dry, you have paid for it!
Yes, the people are incredibly lifelike. Yes, it's fun to take pics like you are posing next to the "real deal", but knowing how incredible London is and everything else it has to offer, don't waste your time. It's also expensive for what you are doing.
Unique Suggestions: Take lotsa pics and ham it up - but know that the photographs flash reflection will make it obvious this is not the "real deal" and is just wax. Also, the website allows you to book in advance at a discount (with limitations, of course like entrance after 5pm, etc). That helps ease the pain on the price.
Both over priced the Zoo is £14.50p the Waxworks will set you back £25.
Fun Alternatives: Winston Churchill's museum and Cabinet War Rooms.
You will find it at the end /foot of St James Park.
Hampton Court £13 and Kensington Palace £12.
And for FREE V&A Museum: British Museum; Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Bank of England Museum.
An over-priced, over-rated collection of waxworks. The amount of people milling about the place make it difficult to take any photos, or to have a good look at the models. We were herded through the place at a rapid pace, carried along by the hordes of tourists who are usually quite rude and behave as if they own the place (not surprising, I suppose, as you'd think you'd purchased shares in the company given the high entrance fee!).
Unique Suggestions: If you do decide to try the place, at least pay the extra and see the Planetarium, probably the best part of the exhibition and, not a piece of wax in sight!
A word of warning though, try to sit in the middle or towards the back of the room. The action takes place on the domed ceiling, so you can appreciate it more if you're sat further back.
Fun Alternatives: London Dungeon is much more fun. Although maybe a little too scary for the youngsters.
The waxwork museum has only one problem...it's the price of admission. If it was a quarter of the price then maybe it would be worth the while, but at a cost of over £45 for two adults I think you money would be better spent elsewhere.
Unique Suggestions: However, if money is not a problem then it is quite interesting to walk around in the so called company of celebrities and royalty from around the world. The staff try and get you involved in various activities, which can be annoying or fun depending on your point of view.
I took around one of their pda's which was supposed to help with the visit, but I don't think that it was really worth the effort.
Fun Alternatives: A better way to spend the money would be a trip on the London Eye.
Well, it's really really really really expensive!!!
21,50 £ (around 30 €, 35 $) And it last around 2 hours!
Well, for us it's expensive!
May be if you are in a group it's lower price, but I still think the ratio : interest/price is low
Fun Alternatives: Go to the pub ;)
Very expensive, crowded, touristy and boring. There are so many better things to do. We didn't do this one on our 2002 trip but I'd been forced into it on a tour many years ago.
Unique Suggestions: If you must go, get there early in the morning to avoid the crowds.
Fun Alternatives: See Westminster, St. Paul's, the Tower of London, the British Library or one of the many fantastic museums. Your money will be much better spent.
If needing to pick one "touristy" attraction, make it the London Eye. It's fun for all ages and the view is fantastic.
Before I went to Madame Tussaud's I was very excited - then I got there and saw the line.
After spending a full hour in line, we finally got to the ticket counter - 3 minutes before they switch to the evening prices. Once inside the museum, it was so crowded you couldn't tell who was a real person and who wasn't.
Unique Suggestions: Go later in the day - after 3 pm. It will most likely still be crowed, but it is much cheaper. Also, try to go during the week.
Madame Tussauds Why is this place so popular? wax work dummies? what's the point. Everytime I used to pass it on the bus looking down on queue of visitors eagerly waiting to look at a bunch of dummies when they could just as easily buy a magazine. The entry costs are most frightening of any attraction in town though 22 pounds. Oh my god! 22 quid. For a family if four that come to 70 pounds or almost $100US. If you're planning to go to Madame Tussauds ask yourself "Who is the dummy, those wax works inside or the person about to pay 22 quid to go and see them?" No, no, no, go to a museum instead, its free and much more educational.
Fun Alternatives: Buy a celebrity magazine or go and see a live concert instead.
Oh why come to London, queue all round the block, and pay good money to see wax statues of celebrities and historical figures.
It may be clever, it may be popular, but you surely have better things to do with your time and money - like watching real living people!
It costs 20 or 25 pounds per adult.
Unique Suggestions: Take a box of matches ;-)
Fun Alternatives: Try Life.
Give a few pounds to someone who needs it more than you, buy yourself a picnic, some nice food and wine or beer, go sit in one of the Parks, feed the ducks, have fun, and have money to spare.
They will still be queuing after you've done all this. (The same is true for many tourist attractions!!!).
Thinking of visiting Madame Tussaud's? I know it appeals to some but it costly and you can see many (if not all) of the same historical figures at the National Portrait Gallery. Save your money and experience real history and art instead.
Unique Suggestions: At least eliminate the line by booking on-line.
Fun Alternatives: As noted, the National Portrait Gallery has many of the same historical figures. You may not going to find Kylie, Becks etc. at the gallery but does that really matter?