London Dungeon & Madame Tussauds (London - England)

2 of the 4 more places that are associated with London Eye are London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds and one fine day I set of to both these places. 
My first stop was ofcourse Madame Tussauds. The first section of Madame Tussauds begins with cinema celebrities, incl a separate section for Bollywood incl Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Aishwarya Rai, Amitabh Bachan etc. Sadly none of them bore a good resemblance of them! However the latest of Indians - our Indian PM Narendra Modi bore an excellant resemblance!
The next section was the Party section filled with KimK, Branjolina, Victoria & David Beckham, George Clooney, Morgan Freeman etc. Most of them were spot on esp Morgan Freeman, Kim K and George Clooney!!! Next was the Fashion Week section with the ramp show and showbiz lights striking on the guest with flex printed crowd on either sides! It was ok, though not great! Next was a section where movie characters come alive, unlike the celebs who were in their real life, this was the movie characters themselves incl ET, Audrey Hepburn, Terminator etc.  
In the floor below, the first one there was Sachin Tendulkar in the Sports section along with Usain Bolt, Md. Ali etc. I expected Nadia Comaneci, but she wasn't there! The next section was the Culture section with Stephan Hawking, Van Gogh, Einstein etc. 
But the best part here was Henry VIII with Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary. To imagine that they sculpted this out of Holbein painting and no 3D reference at all, is just mind blowing!

Opposite to this was the entire Royal Family (No, the royal kids aren't yet there!). There's also Princess Diana nearby. Next was the Music section with the maximum number of sculptures from Beatles to Micheal Jackson to Amy Winehouse to Miley Cyrus to Rihanna and many more! 
The other section was of World Leaders incl David Cameroon, Gandhiji, Modi, Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama, Obama and many more.
In the next floor was the sculpture making process with every step right from measurement to mould making to skeleton making to final painting and hair colors! Loved this section!!!
Next was the very interesting 4D Marvel Experience. I already had a high expectation after London Eye and this one met my expectations and more! This one had all the superheroes incl Wolverine and whenever he brought out his nails, there was a bump on the seat back rest!!! After this, my expectation of the Star Wars Experience was sky rocketing which it did not meet. It was regular wax statues of various star war characters. Further ahead was the Spirit of London ride which was a small train ride with talks from the history to the present London. But compared to London Dungeon, this wasn't so spectacular!
My next stop was London Dungeon. This is an adventure ride and drama and light & sound effects put together in one and it lasts about 1.5 hrs!!! If you know atleast a bit about London's history, this is all the more interesting and you'll relate to it a bit more. If not, its a super thrilling ride & drama as it is!
Glad that I watched The Tudors, I know a bit about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn and the torture punishments of the era! This show begins exactly with it! It begins with a descent (was it an actual lift or were we still with the ground beneath shaken up and sfx in windows!)??!!! The door opens to a place where typical Henry VIII style of tortures and executions were in display with actors explaining it all in the scariest way possible making the visitors, the traitors! This is followed by a boat ride (scary as well and infested with rats) depicting Thames through the Traitor's Gate into the Tower of London!
Next was the Gunpowder plot of Guy Fawkes to blow up the parliament in 1605. The best part - a 3D talking head!!! CG at its best!!! Yes, the gun powder barrels do blow up shaking the ground beneath! The next section is the torture chamber where the torture punishements of the 17th C were given a demo along with the real instruments that were used to pull off nails, twist fingers till they break, cut off p*nis etc!!!
Next stop was the Plague of 1665. In the bygone era it was though that (get ready for the yuck!) drinking the puss of a plague infected person would cure another!!!!! The whole room smells yuck!! Next comes the bakery of Mrs Lovett & barber shop of Sweeney Todd. Yes! He was the serial killer in 1800s. He'd just cut off the neck of some of his clients! We're made to sit in the barber's chairs and in absolute darkness when you hear the knife whisk and the chair jerks, it does send a chill along the spine!
Next was a mirror maze through which you have to manage and reach a pub set in 1800s. The lanterns here move by themselves and suddenly as the light goes off the shelves get knocked over as Jack the Ripper, the serial killer arrives! From there, for being guilty all along the punishment in 1700s is being hung which is kinda(!) demonstrated! Finally at the Drop-Dead ride, the free fall is just exhilarating!!!
Honestly, I did not think it would be this good!!! I expected a childish adventure ride, but I was wrong. The effects, acting was all so good that it just looks like a adventure ride and not like history classes!!!

To Get There:
Nearest railway station: Baker Street (Madame Tussauds), Westminster (London Dungeon) 
Entry Ticket: From £39.00 (both together) or 23.79 & 19.95 respectively separately
Available to buy online on their websites - London Dungeon & Madame Tussauds

P.S.1: I was invited by Madame Tussauds & London Dungeon to experience it for review purposehowever the opinions are my own and this post does not to advertise the product/service.
P.S.2: All images of London Dungeon belong are from the Official London Dungeon release.

Dedicated to Venkat

Bhushavali N

An ardent traveler by passion. I am a wanderlust.. Read more about me here.

21 comments:

  1. Your trip to the Dungeon really amaze me. It seems that you have a great throwback adventures in that place. Very nostalgic!

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  2. I think this is an ideal stop for students who are bored and tired of listening to history lessons. Experience is a great teacher and visiting Madame Tussauds is a must.

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  3. I'm really envious that you're able to go there. And you're so pretty I think I'm starting to have a girl crush. #nohomo

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  4. It seems that you enjoyed exploring these places in UK. You're so wonderful discovering the famous tourist attraction. Keep exploring and enjoy life to the fullest.

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  5. It's always fun at a Madame Tussauds! Your photos are so cute! :D

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  6. The Tussauds I visited was in NYC. There was also that "horror" section, but my wife didn't want to go. I think these crime wax figures are really creepy.

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  7. Nice. Narendra Modi ji looks so real :)

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  8. Such a lovely place.. It's really looks nice.. Great photos you have there!

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  9. Wax museum. Great place indeed. I love those kind of trips

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  10. It looks like it was a fun day for you! Though I personally would love to go to the London Dungeon because I don't know a lot about Britain's history

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  11. I haven't been in Madame Tussauds in such a long time. It's a nice place to visit especially with the kids! That London Dungeon is something else and it has definitely captured my interest.

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  12. Madame Tussauds always comes out with life like sculptures. It's always a great place to visit.

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  14. You should try visiting the Madame Tussauds in Singapore and Hong Kong and Thailand! I will want to visit the one in London one day~... Is there Harry Potter there? That's the one I hope to see most, I guess...

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  15. Yes!!! I have visited the MADAME TUSSAUDS museum. Its so fun and I took tonnes of photos in there.

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  16. Madame Tussauds London must be the best! I loved your expressions looking at George Clooney and with NaMo.

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  17. I love museums like this, especially those that stage historical events because it makes our lessons in homeschooling very real to our kids. Unfortunately, we only get to have those in special exhibits that visit our country. The ones we have staple here are wax/paper mache figures of popular animation movies.

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  18. I would really love to see these places with my boys one day. One of the many reasons why London and the UK is at the top of our bucket list! It would be awesome to see many distinguished people in history in their almost-alive state at Madame Tussauds!

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  19. Nice post! The way you have described your experience is really good and plus the pictures are great too! It has made me eager to go and visit those places!

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  20. what should i do to get one of mine there in wax, resembling me!?

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