In 1777, Marie Tussauds created her first wax sculpture of Voltaire in Paris. Today, Madame Tussauds is a global institution, with President Donald Trump's figure one of the latest to grace the Baker Street exhibition floor. (The Trump sculpture, incidentally, took 45 months – and 25,000 yak hairs – to create.)
Madame Tussauds is not only one of the world's most popular tourist attractions. As if that's not enough, it's also one of London's coolest and quirkiest venues for events of all kinds, from awards ceremonies and dinner-dances to cocktail parties. There's something novel and fun about socialising while standing face to face with The Queen, Justin Bieber, or Brad and Angelina – who have now been separated, of course. Sad times.
In December, in fact, Hire Space held an event of its own at Madame Tussauds, gathering with some of our clients for a night of food, drinks and celebrity spotting. It started with the popular Spirit of London ride, where we all flew through the decades in a black taxi – before we started on the Prosecco and canapes, of course. Tussauds has one of the largest event kitchens in London, catering to whatever style of dining you fancy, from finger foods to sit-down, three-course dinners.
The venue has many rooms that all lend themselves to events of all sorts. There's the aptly named Party Space and Ballroom, which accommodates anywhere between 25 and 1,000 delegates. Full AV facilities, a large stage and integrated lighting make events delightfully easy, as will your dedicated events manager. The theme of the area is The Oscars, meaning you'll rub shoulders with Tom Cruise, Leonardo DiCaprio and more. In another room, enjoy another slice of Hollywood, mingling with ET, Shrek, Chewbacca and other legendary movie characters in waxwork film sets.
Hire Space was fortunate enough to spend some time in the newest space, too: a room dedicated to fashion, with Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner taking centre-stage. Guests can – as we did – take advantage of the catwalk and costumes, dressing up and strutting across the room while snap-happy cameras take photos of your trend-setting styles.
Every piece of your event is taken care of at Madame Tussauds: if you need photographers, you've got them. If you'd like a theme or entertainment, they're yours. And if you'd like to receive fake Oscars – like we did – they've got that covered, too. Just make sure they announce the right Best Picture award. That could be awkward...
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