September 20, 2013

visit to the wax museum

when in London for the first time, who would pass up the chance to visit Madame Tussauds? not me. there's almost always a better offer to get your tickets cheaper online than purchasing them at the counter, and even better discounts if you decide to visit more than one tourist attraction. in our case, we decided to take the London Eye + Madame Tussauds ticket package. we were debating on whether we should get tickets for the London Dungeon as well but we decided against it in the end.

if you purchase a combination ticket (more than 1 tourist attraction), you must visit Madame Tussauds London first because that's where the tickets will be issued, the rest of the tickets will have a validity of 30 days from the day you redeemed your Madame Tussauds tickets, inclusive. we spent a whole day at Madame Tussauds, and visited the London Eye on a different day.

Significant Other has been here before, this was my first time.

Madame Tussauds London
Address: Marylebone Rd, London NW1 5LR, United Kingdom
(a two minute walk away from Baker Street tube station)
Opening Hours:
- weekdays: 9:30am, with last admission at 5:30pm every day of the year.
- weekends and UK school holidays: 9am to 6pm
- closed on Christmas Day

if the wax figures in the museum represented the real life person exactly to the miniscule measurement, then i must be a really tiny person indeed - every single wax figure seems to tower over me! the museum was divided into different categories to house the wax figures. i think we took about more than 3 hours to cover the whole museum. the more visitors there were, and depending on which figure is more popular, the more you'd be spending your time waiting in line to take your photo with the wax figures. there's no proper turn, you simply just have to seize the opportunity once someone has finished taking their photo, seriously. some people took their own sweet time too just to snap a photo T___T. kamonlah. so many people waiting after you. hurry, plish?

what's inside Madame Tussauds

sorry for sounding so touristy, but it was my first time gawking at wax art so whatever wax figure we chanced upon, we took photo. some of the figures i did not recognize (especially in the Sports section), but most of them were labelled so if you didn't recognize anybody, you can just inconspicuously read their name plaque and do not need to rack your brains trying to figure out who that person is =P. i'm not gonna spam every single photo here, only just the well-known figures =D.

in the Bollywood section, i met these two: my favorite Bollywood actor ever (during his Kuch Kuch Hota Hai fame) and that pretty lady Aishwarya Rai =D.

Shah Rukh Khan! *swoon*
the actress whose name Significant Other has trouble pronouncing

these people resides in the Party section:

Tom Cruise
George Clooney
Helen Mirren, she's so freakin' tall!

you know what? i think i overlooked Edward Cullen. i found Jacob (i know because i took a photo with this guy), but i couldn't find a single photo taken with Robert Pattinson. ooops, sorry =P

Jacob! the hot werewolf (sorry Edward =P)
J Lo?

Emma Watson must be super hot to snag a spot in the museum, not just because of her Harry Potter fame. and i don't even see Harry or Ron here! Significant Other declares her as his new young girlfriend, lol.

Emma Watson. even i don't have a photo with her haha
the Beckhams
Nicole Kidman
the Jolie-Pitts
his other new girlfriend, someone was purposely cropped out =P~
Julia Roberts, doppelganger#3
Leo DiCaprio
some bystander whom we thought was real, haha
Jim Carrey

and here's the Film section:

Marilyn Monroe

i dressed up as Marilyn Monroe for my company annual dinner two years ago. you definitely know that i do not have the same vital stats as her, boo (didn't help that the dress was a rental and it was super big!). but someone else apparently made a better Monroe than me. HAHA

flashback: meet the Monroe's! kggal
fiiine i look nothing like her
Bruce Willis
Daniel Craig, not Joseph Craig ya =P
Robin Williams

Daddy took a photo with Shrek to show the kids. so while i was typing all this i showed Dayana the photo of Shrek. she was like 'oooo i like Shrek!'. then after a pause she asked me, 'what is Shrek, Mommy?' T_____T. note to self: download Shrek for the kids to watch.

Steven Spielberg

Sports, where i had to read their labels because i didn't recognize about 80% of them. the ones i do recognize are below:


Significant Other is a big tennis and f1 fan. so naturally the photos above and below must be taken =D.

Lewis Hamilton!
i just wanted to touch his helmet lol
don't. mess.
Tiger Woods

moving on to the London Royals:

Lady Di, another freakin' tall woman

you had to line up to get your photo taken with the Royal Family.

with the Royal Family, without George.


Madame Tussaud

the Music section:

even One Direction holds a spot in the museum. they must be really big among the teens, eh? *thinking back to the BSB/Boyzone/911/Westlife/NSync era*. i didn't take a photo with them though, too many die-hard teen fans flocking about *ok baru tau One Direction is English-Irish*. i didn't take a photo with One Direction, but i took a photo with this legendary group =D:

the Beatles!

and here is Significant Other with 3 of the hot girls in this section:

Britney Spears
Lady GaGa

i took a photo with Elvis =D

King of Rock. so. tall.

there were so many wax figures in the World Leaders section. i can't believe we didn't take a photo of Nelson Mandela (or did we?):

he really blends in well with those other two, huh?
we got to meet Mr. President

there was also a Chamber of Horrors and Scream! mini walking tour that you could choose to go for or bypass it altogether as it might not be suitable for kids or people with heart problems. real live actors are used to scare the crap out of you as you walk through the dark maze not knowing what to expect T_T. this section also displays some of the world's (or probably London's) infamous murderers.

we skipped the Behind the Scenes section, where they show you how they make their wax figurines from scratch. all celebrities’ vital statistics are kept secret though, so you might want to carry around a measuring tape if you wanted to find out anything 'vital' haha (kidding!). there were too many people at this section  you'd have to elbow your way around to absorb every single information, so we just glanced through and and moved on to the next.

next we took the Spirit of London taxi ride. hop into one of London's infamous black cabs and take a journey through the capital's history, and witness the historical and cultural events that have shaped London into one of the greatest cities in the world. i must say history never managed to hold my attention for long, i was never a fan of history -___-. i couldn't get any decent photos here, lighting was wonky and the taxi cab was always shifting from side to side so you get to see the sights from every angle throughout the journey.

the final section was the Marvel Super Heroes and the 4D Movie Experience. the climax of the experience is a 360ยบ animated 4D cinema attraction, complete with high impact special effects from water and wind to tremors, making you ‘feel’ like part of the action. the story unites a crack team of Super Heroes including Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Iron Man in a battle against one of Marvel’s most villainous baddies in an action packed adventure set in London. LOL. the last 4D experience i had was at Moody Gardens, three years ago =D. super ohsem this one.

we didn't get any souvenirs here, but we did take a couple of photos =D. (*mental note to find and upload photo) you should come visit here at least once in your lifetime if you ever come to London. you know, just to get the experience, lol. i asked Dad whether he's been here before, he says he hasn't O_o.

wet dreary London indeed =)

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