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Madame Tussauds information
It may be kitschy and pricey (book online for much cheaper rates), but Madame Tussauds makes for a fun-filled day. There are photo ops with your dream celebrity (Daniel Craig, Miley Cyrus, Audrey Hepburn, the Beckhams), the Bollywood gathering (studs Hrithik Roshan and Salman Khan) and the Royal Appointment (the Queen, Harry, William and Kate).
If you’re into politics, get up close and personal with Barack Obama or Vladimir Putin, while Luke Skywalker and Han Solo enthusiasts can turn to the Star Wars experience which features a host of its key heroes and villains in iconic settings. Even two of the UK's leading vloggers are cast in wax for their adoring fans.
The whole place is pretty commercial, with shops and spending opportunities in every room. But the Spirit of London taxi ride through the city's history is great, educational fun, while the Chamber of Horrors is as scary as ever.
The museum has a long and interesting history since the French artist and model-maker Marie Tussaud (1761–1850) started making death masks of people guillotined during the French Revolution. She came to London in 1803 and exhibited around 30 wax models in nearby Baker St, providing visitors with their only glimpse of the famous and infamous before photography was widespread.