Star Studded Encounters at London’s Madame Tussauds

Yearning for a personal photo session with your favourite celebrities? Then step on over to London’s one stop celebrity shop, Madame Tussauds where there’s no need to wait in line, stumble over red carpet barriers or risk being manhandled by bouncers. Having opened its doors to the public nearly 200 years ago, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum has not seen any decline in its ever increasing visitors which crossed the 500 million mark recently.

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Offering guests the unique opportunity of getting up close and personal with their favourite stars the museum’s appeal increases with its perpetually expanding portfolio of figurines from pop culture  body sculpting London. The highlight in this unique no holds barred encounter with the rich and famous is of course the intimate photo opportunities with the lifelike, life-size wax figures. In fact, it takes nearly 20 skilled artists four months to sculpt the look-alike figures after taking a staggering 500 specific facial and body measurements from celebrities who contribute to the process in several sittings.

Once inside the museum, visitors are truly spoiled for choice as to which exhibit to tour first as the venue currently hosts 10 separate celebrity encounters titled Premier Night, A- List Party, Sports Zone, Warhol’s Women, A Royal Appointment, Music Zone, Scream, Behind the Scenes, the Spirit of London and the TV Studio.

Tinsletown’s hottest celebrities are of course found in the A-List Party exhibit where guests can hob-knob with the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio, Brad Pitt, Will Smith and George Clooney to name a few. Other red carpet royals found in this section include Nicole Kidman, Kate Moss, Kiera Knightly, Jennifer Lopez and Orlando Bloom while Premier Night encompasses stars of yesteryear such as the sizzling Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin with contemporary Hollywood and Bollywood megastars as well as cult heroes such as the Terminator, Shrek and Spiderman. Formula One champ Lewis Hamilton and David Beckham share the limelight in Sports Zone along with Rooney, Muhammad Ali and football legend Pele. No visit to London will be complete without a meeting with the British Royal Family and visitors can sit alongside Charles, Camilla, William and Harry for a regal snapshot of a lifetime in A Royal Appointment. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are also in attendance as well as a stout Henry VIII who beheaded many a wife during his reign.

Music Zone on the other hand lets one move and groove with the finest pop stars on the planet as Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Kylie Minogue and Jimmy Hendrix rock out alongside the legendary Beatles. TV Studio features the English stars of the small screen while Warhol’s Women comprises of an interactive exhibit that documents the famed artist’s 20 year career and the celebrity subjects of his most popular works. The Spirit of London is a must-see for those with an interest in the history of this global metropolis while the painstaking process of creating the wax figurines at the museum are dealt with in the informative Behind-the Scenes exhibit.

Travellers in search of a London UK hotel near the Olympia Exhibition Centres and famed Earls Court should look no further than the Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington. Pleasantly situated within 30 minutes of Heathrow Airport, this stylish rest is also a very conveniently located hotel in London.

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