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London’s best fancy dress shops

Our guide to fancy dress shops in London to help you dress to impress at the capital's best costumiers

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By Time Out editors |
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Whether you’re prepping for Halloween, New Year, your mate’s ABBA-themed birthday or just another night out at of London’s many clubs, fancy dress makes everything more fun. Sure, you could pop out and paint the town red in those reliable boots or that signature shirt, but surely things would be heaps better if you were gussied up in Elizabethan garb or flaunting a fabulous flapper dress.

From Jedi weddings to Jane Austen conventions, whatever the reason for finding that perfect costume, we’ve put together a list of the top-notch fancy dress shops in London for all your needs. Choosing your ideal alter-ego will be the only dilemma...

London’s fanciest fancy dress shops

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So High Soho

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This compact fancy dress shop does away with posh tailoring and ‘bespoke styling’ for something altogether more traditional. If you need fake spiders, pretend poos and a Spider-Man outfit, So High Soho has you covered. It’s a small but mighty.

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The Costume Studio

icon-location-pin De Beauvoir Town

You’ll find no fake moustaches or pre-packaged Mr Blobby costumes here. This is an excellent, high-quality costume emporium with a rather impressive catalogue. Expertly made pieces, accessories, shoes and wigs are what you’ll find, with charges depending on exactly what your costume is for. They also offer a bespoke costuming service, too, and provide costumes for film, TV and music videos, as well as for that special event you’re planning.

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The Viking Store

icon-location-pin Upper Walthamstow

It might be niche, but this Walthamstow store is one of the biggest in Europe when it comes to replica militaria and costuming. Mainly catering to the LARPing (live action role-playing game) community, if you’re after historical costumes, swords, some armour or maybe just a Viking drinking horn, you’ll find all your fantasy and period needs catered too here.

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