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Best 6 fancy-dress shops in London

Find the perfect outfit for your next themed party at the best fancy-dress shops in London, where you can hire costumes, fancy dress and props.
Rails of retro dresses in front of a bar at Paper Dress Vintage clothing shop
Rails of retro dresses. Image courtesy of Paper Dress Vintage

Whether you’re looking for a killer outfit for Halloween, a timeless cocktail dress for New Year’s Eve or a lavish handmade costume for your next themed party, get kitted out at the best fancy-dress and costume shops in London.

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1. Angels Fancy Dress

Explore five floors of incredible costumes and accessories at Angels Fancy Dress, the biggest fancy-dress shop in London. Find every style, from gorgeous sequined dresses and Bond-style suits to gothic vampire costumes and beloved superhero outfits.

2. Beyond Retro

Create a vintage look with gems from Beyond Retro’s flagship store on Brick Lane. Pick up a Hawaiian shirt or make a statement in a timeless 50s dress. Head to Beyond Retro Dalston or Beyond Retro Soho to find more pre-loved pieces.

3. Mad World Fancy Dress

Choose from an enormous collection of 35,000 costumes available for hire at Mad World Fancy Dress in Old Street and Kentish Town. From historical looks to rock star outfits to princess dresses, party goers are guaranteed to find something to wear at this fancy-dress emporium.

4. National Theatre Costume and Props Hire

Discover a treasure trove of unique costumes, props and armour from past productions at the National Theatre Costume and Props Hire in Brixton. Make an entrance at a fancy-dress party by arriving in a costume hired from the National Theatre’s renowned workshops.

5. Prangsta Costumiers

South London's best-kept fashion secret, Prangsta Costumiers specialises in fantasy couture, restoring and customising exquisite vintage pieces to create lavish and opulent costumes from any era – from Gatsby socialites to creatures of Narnia.

6. The Viking Store

If you’re more into historical costumes, cosplay, armour and swords, The Viking Store in Walthamstow is one of the biggest in Europe when it comes to replica militaria and costuming.