The London Eye and Madame Tussauds

March 14, 2019

The London Eye I wit & whimsy

I was so excited to have been invited to London last month by The London Eye and Madame Tussauds. Despite having lived in London as a child and having visited in 2005, 2015 and 2018, these were two London attractions I had never experienced.

The London Eye and Madame Tussauds

The London Eye champagne I wit & whimsy

The London Eye capsules

Marriott County Hall

Inside The London Eye I wit & whimsy

Madame Tussauds I wit & whimsy

Millennium Wheel night view

Queen Elizabeth wax figure I wit & whimsy

London Eye photo zone

The London Eye tickets I wit & whimsy

Madame Tussauds wax figures I wit & whimsy

glass of champagne |  wit & whimsy

With Madame Tussauds I had no idea what to expect. I had, of course, heard about the wax figurines as they relate to pop culture. But I have to say that the experience really exceeded my expectations! In addition to the over 250 wax figures they have, the attraction also has a variety of other ways to entertain guests including live theatre (my favorite was helping Sherlock Holmes solve a mystery), a 4D Marvel film, high tea with the Queen and even a ride that takes you through London history. I couldn’t believe how long one could spend here!

We were also treated to a behind-the-scenes experience where we got to hear from the archivist who looks after all the amazing pieces Madame Tussauds has (Elton John’s shoes for example) as well as one of the painters for the figures. The process of creating figures is painstaking. If a celebrity chooses to “sit” for their figure (Queen Elizabeth has done so 4 times! They have over 20 figures of her now) the Madame Tussauds team takes nearly 300 measurements to get as accurate as possible. It’s how the figures turn out so lifelike.

Diana Spencer, the Kardashians, Dua Lipa and so many other famous people have sat with the Madame Tussauds team to have their figure made.

And every day a team sweeps through the attraction to ensure every figure is looking its best. (With between 4,000 and 6,000 people coming through the attraction every day taking up close photos with the figures they often need some TLC). The care and attention to detail was truly amazing.

As for The London Eye, I am personally always a fan of seeing a city from above, but The Coca Cola London Eye took it to another level given you get to enjoy the rotation for thirty minutes and see London from 360 degree views. We were treated to a champagne rotation in the afternoon and a chocolate tasting experience at sunset into the evening. There’s so much to take in! The London Eye opened in 2000, has 32 capsules. And it takes you up nearly 500 feet in the air and I can’t explain the feeling of being at the very top with so much to see. I was a bit worried with my slight fear of heights. But it ended up not being an issue for me.

While Big Ben is under scaffolding until 2021, that didn’t take away from the rotation as, since the wheel is located in the heart of London, you’re also able to see Parliament, Westminster Bridge, Buckingham Palace, The Shard, Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral Green Park and much more. Let us also have a moment for the fact that my favorite band in high school made their first music video on The London Eye! Haha.

While the Eye itself is beautiful to look at from the ground, I really can’t recommend the rotation itself enough.

After sharing my experience on Instagram I was inundated with DMs of “but is it really worth it?” and I replied to every one an enthusiastic “yes!” The great Instagram photos you’ll get are one thing. But I also think it is an extremely serene experience to see one of the world’s greatest cities from above.

If you’re heading to London, be advised it is highly recommended to buy your tickets for either attraction online. And select a time to ensure you get to avoid lines. You can buy tickets for Madame Tussauds here and The London Eye here. Consider buying a combo, ticket, too for some savings.

And if you’re looking for a great hotel, we had such a nice stay at the London Marriott Hotel County Hall. The location is directly next to The London Eye which means certain rooms boast amazing views of the Eye, The Thames River, Big Ben and Parliament. They had such friendly staff, a wonderful bar and truly you can’t beat the location. It’s walking distance from so many amazing London sights! It’s particularly great for first-timers to London given its proximity to some of the city’s highlights. You can book here if interested.

I want to thank the teams at Merlin Entertainments for having me on this trip I will never forget.

Wearing: H&M Sweater // Ag Golde Jeans // Black Kitten Heels // Club Monaco Trench Coats // Gucci Mules // Madewell Bodysuit

p.s. my London guide and all my Paris posts.

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  1. Shannon says:

    Meghan, as I’m moving to London this summer, I plan on going to Madame Tussaud’s (never been!) and back to the London Eye. Love this post. Also, where is your white shirt from – the photo where you are with Meghan and Harry? 🙂

  2. I just read a book called “Little” that’s actually about the real Madame Tussaud – her childhood and how she got to be the person behind the wax figurines. It was historical fiction but painstakingly researched and really good – you might like it after this experience!

  3. Libby says:

    I love all the champagne holding you were doing in the photos!! Sounds like such a fun little trip!! Those views from The Eye though!!!

    xx Libby

  4. LizC. says:

    First, yay London! I visited for the first time this past December and am trying to figure out when I can go back. You look like you had a really lovely time! Secondly, I’m really loving all of the small check/tweed coats I’ve been seeing all over IG and the blogdom. What do you think – if I buy one now at end of season, will it still look current next Fall? I need an outside opinion!

    • Meghan says:

      Totally going to be on trend come Fall! My Club Monaco coat is from last Fall and I also always wear plaid blazers throughout the year! Hope you get back to London soon!

  5. That wax figure of Diana is uncanny! It looks exactly like her, wow!

    I’ve been on the London Eye once before and it was incredible. Definitely worth every penny.

    • Meghan says:

      Right?! The ones where the celebrity sit for the MT team are SO lifelike!! And so glad you agree with me about the London Eye – it really is such a cool experience!

  6. Even as someone who lives here, I definitely second the London Eye (I still haven’t made it to Madam Tussaud’s). We’ve been a couple of times when family are in town, and I’ve bought tickets as a treat for friends who are visiting when I can’t join them, and it’s just such a treat every time.

    Briony xx

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