So, my parents came to visit again and in line with doing everything very touristy, Mum decided we were going to check out Madame Tussaud’s.
We’d been to London plenty as children, but Madame Tussaud’s was a tourist attraction we’d failed to visit on our numerous trips down. Dad wasn’t all that keen, but I secretly think he may have enjoyed it the most out of the three of us if I’m honest!
The famous waxwork museum has been a London attraction for over 200 years. Madame Tussauds was born in Strasbourg, France, as Marie Grosholtz. One of her first commissions was the famous philosopher, Voltaire. After being imprisoned during the French Revolution and eventually proving her allegiance to the Revolution by making death masks of her former King and Queen, Marie inherited Dr Philippe Curtuis’ wax exhibition.
Eventually, Madame Tussauds took her works on a tour of the British Isles and established a base on Baker Street with her grandsons, Before long, she moved again, to Marylebone street, where they are still based.
Though the exhibition started off exhibiting gruesome relics of the revolution, today it has expanded with modern culture and allows visitors to get as up close and personal with the modern celebs, film stars and sporting heroes as well as historic figures such as Shakespeare and Van Gogh. albeit in the wax versions.
It was a true pleasure watching my dad being unimpressed by the likes of Tom Cruise to hugging the Terminator, pinching Beyoncé’s famous bum and posing with his very own doppelgänger, Pablo Picasso.
To find out more about visiting Madame Tussauds check out their website here
Next we completed our ultra touristy day by going on The London Eye. The London Eye has become an iconic part of London’s skyline and for our spin on the wheel, we were lucky enough to enjoy the spectacle during a full blown storm! To see the rain sweeping across the Thames and lightening illuminating St Paul’s Cathedral was something truly spectacular!
It felt good to be in a bit of an unofficial Londoner and to have actually been to some of the most famous sights in London, cos now I’m shifting the big stuff outta the way, it’ll leave room for some of them undiscovered gems London is quietly famous for and I can’t wait to uncover those treasures for myself!