Location: London, NW1 5LR, London, England
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"Iconic London visitor's attraction…"
It's been an age since I was last at Madame Tussauds and things have changed - a lot! I'm sure way back then you weren't allowed to touch the waxworks, but now from the word go it's all about having fun with every waxwork a potential picture opportunity. You begin in celebrity central with Hollywood stars jostling for pole position with the likes of Cheryl Cole and Colin Firth. All the models are good, but some are uncannily lifelike - particularly good renditions are Helen Mirren, Lewis Hamilton and, believe or not, Boris Johnson. Even extremely close-up they were really impressive.
From celebrities, we moved through the sports section which, given this was during the Olympics, was particularly popular. A lot of people wanted their picture taken with Beckham and diver Tom Daly. From sports we moved on to royalty and then heads of state including probably one of the biggest draws - the chance to take a picture of yourself in the Oval Office with Barack Obama.
As I was with my 9-year-old, we couldn't view the modern-day Chamber of Horrors - which is now called Scream and is for the over 12's and strong of constitution. But we enjoyed the theme-park style ride in London black cabs taking us through the history of London from Elizabethan to modern-day - even if the commentary was a little hard to hear at times. The finale was an amazing 4-D movie with Marvel comic characters in a bid to save London against a giant robot. The cinema is where the planetarium used to be and the 4-D element (without wanting to spoil the fun) does involve things happening to you in your seat.
My daughter loved the whole experience - we took loads of pictures - and the movie was a great way to end the afternoon. It's fair to say that Madame Tussauds can be pricey - so do look on their website for deals and make sure you book at least a day ahead of going for the best value.Read moreLess