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Angels Fancy Dress

Shopping, Fancy-dress Shaftesbury Avenue
4 out of 5 stars
(18user reviews)
Angels Fancy Dress

Time Out says

The largest and longest established costume supplier in the UK, Angels is staffed by trained costumiers, many of whom have worked on film, TV and theatre productions. The range spans everything from brocade Elizabethan robes to sequinned showgirl outfits. The packet costumes can be bought at the shop and online. If you’re stuck for inspiration, the website is a very good starting place, with all manner of creepy, raunchy and plain silly characters to peruse. 

Angels Fancy Dress says
Located in the heart of London’s theatre district on Shaftesbury Avenue, Angels Fancy Dress offer an extensive range of fancy dress, accessories, wigs, makeup and hire costumes.

For over 175 years we’ve been providing costumes for movies, theatre and TV productions. We are home to the largest selection of costumes in the world with over 10 miles of hanging costumes and accessories! These are all available to hire from our Shaftesbury Avenue store where we have a dedicated team of trained costumiers, many of whom have worked on A-list productions and can offer expert advice and create the perfect look for you. Our hire costumes are tailored to your exact measurements by our expert team, so your outfit will be bespoke to you and fit perfectly.

If you're not looking to hire, we also have a huge range of fancy dress available to purchase. From Halloween to Oktoberfest, 1920's flapper dresses to superheroes, we have an outfit for every theme. Don't forget to perfect your costume with a selection of our accessories, including masquerade masks, an enormous variety of wigs, special effects makeup, prosthetics, fake blood and props and decorations to create the perfect party.

You can also find our outlet store in Hendon, 1 Garrick Road, NW9. Please note, this store does not offer any hire services.



Address: 119 Shaftesbury Avenue
Transport: Tube: Leicester Sq
Opening hours: 9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Tue; 10.30am-7pm Wed; 9.30am-5.30pm Thur-Fri.
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Users say (18)

4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.3 / 5

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Had an amazing time hiring a costume from here. The staff were great, and helped with everything I wanted, and organised a costume that fit perfectly. 

They also had loads of fancy dress options downstairs to buy, and I managed to get all of the accessories I needed for my costume too. Definitely my favourite fancy dress shop in London. 

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This shop is pretty iconic (probably the most famous costume shop in London) and a treasure trove for fancy dress maniacs such as myself. It's bigger than it looks from the outside but you'll probably find whatever you need in here. It gets inordinately busy over Halloween (where there is a queue to manage crowds down the street 100m sometimes) so don't go at that time! Also, worth ringing ahead and asking them to set stuff aside for you if you need something specific. All in all a fabulous shop, not the cheapest but certainly one of the best. 

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Easily the best fancy dress shop I have been too! Central, Easy to find and a great selection of good quality garms. A wonderful world of imagination and so much fun trying on different outfits and wigs. A  piece of advice however -  do not leave it until the day before Halloween to venture out and get outfits or you will be queing for a longgg time! 

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As someone who always forgets to get a costume for parties and leaves it to the last minute, this shop is a godsend. There are so many options to choose from and the staff are more than helpful. Would definitely recommend!

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Such an amazing store if you're looking for fancy dress or hire costumes. Staff were fantastic and helped us find the perfect outfits for our party... will definitely be back for Halloween. Would recommend Angels to anyone! :)

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In times of need and despair where do I turn? Here!

Whether it be for a fancy dress party which is on horizon or I just feel like dressing up as Cleopatra for the weekend, the angels store has it all!

Yes there are a few odd looking ones in the mix and the material can be cheap with a few of the outifits but you know what they say... Make the best of a bad situation haha

The best place for fancy dress! Staff were extremely helpful, will definitely be back :) 

This store is the best place for fancy dress costumes in London! The costumes are very good quality at reasonable prices, and the staff are very helpful and friendly. Strongly recommend to anyone looking for costumes. I will definitely be returning for more in the future.

I've walked past Angels' amazing window displays for years but never had an excuse to go in until now - what an incredible place! The staff were so helpful with suggestions for my New Year's Eve party. So many costumes to choose from, both to buy and hire, it was insane. Great for all budgets too :) If you don't have a fancy dress party to go to, you'll want one after a visit here!

Angels were great help with hiring an outfit for my pirate party. Staff were lovely and made the hiring process really easy. Definitely would recommend!

I recently bought 8 costumes in one purchase from Angels for a charity fundraiser. I had to pick out some cheaper ones but the quality was better than I expected. Shop staff were so helpful and actually put me through to their marketing team, who then shared some of my photos to their facebook page which brogut some attention to the cause! lovely bunch xx

Good range of costumes and have options for hire to. Very central so managed to pop in their last minute. Very helpful staff and everything was laid out easily. Reccomend it

What a gem!! The costumes you can hire here really are special and set this shop apart from others that just sell the classic stuff in packets. They even have costumes that were used in films and TV! I have been to the shop around Halloween and unsurprisingly it does get busy so I would suggest to go earlier in October to avoid queues. Customer service is also spot on, would recommend :)

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Horrible shopping experience, the women's changing rooms don't have proper doors, just curtains that don't cover the whole area so anyone outside the changing room can see in. They have a lift right next to these changing rooms where male staff stand around waiting for the lift, making you feel extremely uncomfortable knowing that they can see you. Will not be returning.

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Dont go to this store around halloween time. I purchased a costume but they said they dont allow changing rooms around halloween cause it gets busy. I asked the cashier if i can 100% return it if i didnt fit when i got home and she said yes. I tried returning it a couple of days later (before halloween) but there were massive queues so I was told to come after since it gets less busy. I went today to return my costume (which i got no use out of and only tried on for like 5 minutes) only to be shamed by the cashiers in front of everyone that the costume smells very badly and they cannot accept it. I washed and dried the costume myself before returning it to make sure they don't use such excuses but needless to say i did not get my money back. I knew they would invent such an excuse once they told me to come back after halloween but I tried giving them the benefit of the doubt. If you want to return anything good luck, my friends previously warmed me this would happen as it happened to them. I bought things from them every year but after this humiliating experience next year I will go for another store.