no alt text

Bucket list experience:

Last updated: 06 November, 2022
Expert travel writer: Sarah Barrell

There’s licence to celeb-selfie to your heart’s content at this waxworks museum, home to some 300 life-like, life-size wax models of people from the worlds of music, movies, fashion, sports, royalty, politics, history and fiction.

Einstein, Dickens, and Chaplin offer some old-fashioned glamour, while recent arrivals include Stormzy and Dua Lipa. There are big names from Hollywood, Bollywood and well beyond but there’s also a good serving of British stardom: you can buddy up to James Bond (aka Daniel Craig), scrutinise Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and get on the starting blocks with Mo Farah.

You also get to meet the Queen, accompanied by Will and Kate. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, meanwhile, were recently relocated to the new glitzy Awards Party area, following their move to the United States.

Don’t miss 

New in 2021, get heroically close to Captain Marvel, Thor, Black Panther, Rocket, Spider-Man, Ant-Man and The Wasp as they battle Loki in a bid to save the world, in the new Marvel Universe 4D Experience, with wind-chilling, water-soaking, face-flinching special effects.

While you’re there

The educational-but-fun Spirit of London ride is included in the ticket price, a journey through the capital’s history aboard an iconic black cab that travels as far back as Tudor England, through the plague and the Great Fire and into the swinging 60s of Carnaby Street.

Learn about the origins of the museum, and its creator, Marie Grosholtz a French wax worker who settled in London in 1802, at the behind-the-scenes exhibit.

Recommended itineraries by our writers that include this experience

Price from: £30
Minimum age: Any
Age suitable: 8+
When: All year around

Getting there & doing it

Madame Tussauds London is located on Marylebone Road, a two-minute walk from Baker Street Underground station.

The queues for this London attraction are notorious, both inside and out. If you don’t buy a Fastrack Ticket online beforehand, arrive a good hour or so before the museum opens to join queues that can last an hour or more. Or take a chance and arrive close to the last admission time, when crowds start dispersing, to a degree. Standard ticket prices do not cover admission to some of the rides and add-on experiences.

There are various pit stops throughout the museum where soft drinks, beer, wine, and other snacks can be purchased for a predictable elevated price. Buy the Royal Tea add-on to enjoy refreshments at the Royal Garden Party, mid-way through the museum.

No other food or drink, besides water, is allowed on the premises.

When to do it

The museum is open daily (times vary seasonally), closing about 90 minutes after last admission.

Expect queues at all times, but the quietest period of the day is after about 3pm, when most of the coach parties (which tend to arrive first thing in the morning), have moved on.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Durrants Hotel

London, United Kingdom (UK)[0.6 miles]

This grand, family-run hotel has the warmth, intimacy and polished service of a gentlemen’s club in uber-trendy and sophisticated Marylebone.

Official star rating:

Claridge’s

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.2 miles]

Undeniably the most glamorous and timeless of all London’s five-stars. This glorious Art Deco landmark and Mayfair institution is beloved by royalty, rock stars and fashionistas.

Official star rating:

The Soho Hotel

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

Glamorous, sexy, and slick design hotel, with a buzzing bar, private cinema, and celebrity clientele.

Official star rating:

Hazlitt’s Hotel

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

One among a smart terrace of Victorian townhouses, set back from the central Soho hustle. It’s a historic, romantic hideaway with heaps of character, right in the heart of Lond’s West End.

Official star rating:

Destination guides including or relevant to this experience

London

Greater London, United Kingdom (UK)

World-class culture, fashion, music, food and history – and a mind-boggling array of bucket list experiences – packed into one extraordinary, incomparable destination. 

Website >
Overview >

Our writer’s recommendations of other bucket list experiences our writer says you must do in this destination, closest first

ZSL London Zoo

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.4 miles]

The world’s oldest scientific zoo, in London’s Regent’s Park, contains more than 650 species, including lions, tigers, gorillas and sloths.

Best for ages: Any | £35

British Museum

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.9 miles]

An awe-inspiring collection of more than seven million artefacts spanning two million years, from prehistory to the present day. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, Elgin Marbles and a granite head of King Rameses II.

Best for ages: 6+ | Free

Covent Garden

London, United Kingdom (UK)[2.4 miles]

This iconic and atmospheric West End square has a historic Victorian market building, street performers, restaurants and boutiques.

Best for ages: Any | Free

Other worthwhile experiences near this experience if you have time or interest..

Royal Academy of Arts

London, United Kingdom (UK)[1.8 miles]

An 18th-century mansion of masterpieces sitting pretty on Piccadilly, home to one of Britain’s oldest collections of fine art and regular blockbuster exhibitions.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

Exterior view of the Library during the daytime
Experience

British Library

London, United Kingdom (UK)[2 miles]

One of the largest libraries in the world, containing an estimated 170-200 million items. Priceless exhibits include the Magna Carta, Beowulf, Captain Cook’s journal, and the Lindisfarne Gospels.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

Website >
Overview >
Exterior view of the grand building surrounding a large square
Experience

Somerset House

London, United Kingdom (UK)[2.9 miles]

Famous for its picturesque alfresco ice rink in winter and the Edmund J Safra fountains in the summer, this elegant neoclassical building is also home to an art gallery and upscale restaurant.

Best for ages: 18+ | Free

Website >
Overview >