Backpacking to Europe – Part 29: Visiting Madame Tussauds London

Backpacking to Europe – Part 29: Visiting Madame Tussauds London

Previously

If you just reached here and wanted to read the start of our journey, let’s go to Part 1!

Thursday, 16th February 2017

We woke up earlier today since we decided to visit Madame Tussauds. Visiting Madame Tussauds London was not part of the plan until we bought the ticket a day before with the staff from Big Bus Tour London. They offered discount ticket for Big Bus Tour ticket holders and as Malaysians, we love discounts! After breakfast, we walked to Bayswater Underground station and took the Tube to Baker Street Station.

How to get to Madame Tussauds London?

It is very easy to go to Madame Tussauds London. Madame Tussauds London is situated at Marylebone Road and the closest Underground station to Madame Tussauds is Baker Street Station. From Baker Street Station, we walked less than a minute before reaching the world-famous attraction.

Expect the unexpected

I did not put any expectation when visiting Madame Tussauds since it was not even in our plan. So, after we arrived, we looked at the many entrances available. The queue was not so long since there were many doors. I asked around and I was asked to queue at Door 1. Apparently, different kinds of tickets will enter through different doors.

Since the queue was not so long, I told Amira, “Oh, there are not so many people. Glad that we came early“. She smiled and agreed with me. After entering Door 1, we were greeted with a ticketing counter where we had to show our vouchers to exchange with a real ticket.

Still, not so many people. I was so happy and we were then brought to the elevator. We entered into the elevator where a staff pressed the correct button for us to start our tour. “Ding!“, the elevator arrived at the first gallery. Guess what? The Bollywood gallery was swarming with humans!

Everybody was trying to get a photo with their favourite celebrities. The most funny part was when one of the visitors showed the wax sculpture of Salman Khan and he asked his friend, “Who is this? Never mind. Please just take a photo of me with him“. That’s Salman Khan, dude!

Touring Madame Tussauds London

Amira and I walked from one gallery to another and took our photo with the famous celebrities and figures. When it was getting hot and humid inside, I took off my winter jacket and wore my sweater instead. When we saw a souvenir shop selling magnets, we bought some as memories.

There was also an extra gallery which is more interactive but it costs 5 pounds. Since we were on tight budget, we decided just to stick with the free ones. It was fun, nonetheless. I have never visited a wax museum, a chance to visit Madame Tussauds London was like a dream becoming reality for me.

Buying cheap souvenirs at Bayswater

After spending more than 2 hours at Madame Tussauds London, we decided to return to our hotel to check out. As soon as we arrived at Bayswater station, we went to Bayswater London Souvenirs to buy some souvenirs. We were told that Bayswater London Souvenirs is the cheapest place to get souvenirs and it was true. Especially if you are Malaysians.

The shop is less than a minute walking from Bayswater station. Upon exit, just turn left until you reached the shop. We were browsing through some fridge magnets when the guy manning the shop asked us “Malaysians?”. We said yes and he told us “Come inside. I give the best price for you!“. He was not bluffing.

To London Euston!

After checking out, I checked the time and it was already 12.00 pm. Suddenly, I got panicked. We had a train to catch at 1.30 pm. From Bayswater, we took the Tube to Euston station and walked to the railway station. I had already bought a Virgin train ticket to Windermere for 31 pounds each. I went to the self-service kiosk, entered our Fasticket reference No. for both directions and got our tickets printed.

Then, we waited at the waiting hall until the gate to our platform opened.

Next: Part 30

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