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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
30th April 1980 Terrorists seize Iranian Embassy in London
30th April 1943 Noel Coward's This Happy Breed, premieres in London
30th April 1763 London Journalist John Wilkes confined in the Tower
30th April 1695 William Congreve's Love for Love, premieres in London
30th April 1290 Joan of Acre, daughter of King Edward I was married to the 7th Earl of Gloucester in Westminster Abbey.
This is where the World famous waxworks can be found.
Location: Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1 5LR
Description: Madame Tussauds is a major tourist attraction displaying waxworks of historical and royal figures, film stars, sports stars and infamous murderers.
Marie Tussaud was born Anna Maria Grosholtz in 1761 in Strasbourg, France, and she learnt her trade while being housekeeper to Dr. Philippe Curtius in Bern.
By 1835 Marie had settled down in Baker Street, London, and here opened a museum. She coined the term 'chamber of horrors' featuring figures of notorious criminals and murderers.
The gallery originally contained some 400 different figures, but terrible fire damage in 1925, coupled with German bombs in 1941, destroyed many.
In 1842, she made a self portrait which is now on display here in the entrance.
As a tourist destination, with nearby Sherlock Holmes museum, it has helped regenerate the Baker Street area immensely.
Tagged in this Tour: The Doctor Whoish tour of London