Madame Tussaud (who was really Anna Maria Grosholtz of France), grew up as the housekeepers daughter to a physician who was skilled in wax modelling and taught her the art. She ended up in London in 1802 with her collection of wax sculptures of historical figures and murderers. She went on to open the very first Madame Tussauds museum on Baker Street, which later moved in 1884 to its current location just outside of Baker Street Tube Station.
At Madame Tussauds, it takes 4 months and $125,000 to create a wax figure. Each hair is inserted individually taking up to 5 weeks, they use red silk thread to create the veins in an eyeball, and they have their hair washed and makeup retouched on a regular basis.
So the question is, who do you want to meet? With over 300 wax figures, you can walk among the stars like Kylie Minogue, David Beckham, The Beatles, Justin Bieber and even Wills and Kate. But for some poor celebs, the wax work really isn’t a good likeness – in fact it’s even a bit creepy.
Buy tickets online and save £3, but it will still cost you a whopping £27 to see some wax figures, so do yourself and your wallet a favour and buy the ‘Late’ ticket which allows you to go in at 5pm but you pay half price.
Madame Tussauds Marylebone Road London NW1 5LR (Baker Street Tube Station)