The Stars Come Out at Madame Tussauds: Part 2
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Descending the stairs, guests leave the ‘Film’ zone and enter the ‘World Stage’ ballroom (the biggest room in Madame Tussauds) where they have the chance to come face to face with some famous athletes in the ‘Sports’ zone, the most influential social media influencers, and models in ‘Fashion Week’, Royalty – past and present in the ‘Royals’ and artists such as Stormzy in the ‘Music’ zone.
In the ballroom, ‘Sports’ and ‘Fashion Week’ are by far the smallest zones, with the Royals taking up residency in the larger middle section and the ‘Music’ zone at the very end.
The ‘Sports’ zone has remained unchanged for many years, with the last refresh being around the time of London 2012. However, it remains one of the most distinct areas due to the bright white walls. The area does however suffer from a lack of current sports personalities (except for Anthony Joshua who was the most recent figure to be included) and could do with a refreshed line up to make it more relatable to today’s guests. On the opposite side, ‘Fashion Week’ includes a catwalk opportunity with Cara Delevinge, a meet and greet with Kedall Jenner in her dressing room, and a selfie opportunity with Kim Kardashian West.
Afterwards, guests enter the ‘Royal’ section. Visitors can meet the Royal Family, Princess Diana, King Henry VIII, and other notable characters. An official photo opportunity is also available within this area. This means that guests must pay to have a photo with Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles, Camilla, William, and Kate. However, this can cause a bottleneck as guests’ queue for the photo and those standing at the side try to take a photo of the Windsors. Unfortunately, the Duke of Edinburgh, who once stood alongside the queen, has been removed since his death last year.
Moving on from the Royals, guests have the chance to meet some key political figures in the ‘World Stage’. In addition, they enter the ‘Music’ zone. This was unfortunately partly blocked off for the introduction of the David Bowie waxwork that was due to launch a few days later, following our visit. This did mean that we were unable to see the waxworks of Little Mix, Justin Bieber, Bob Marley and Lady Gaga, to mention just a few!