Mad World Fancy Dress and Costume Hire

Shopping Shoreditch
5 out of 5 stars
(31user reviews)
Mad World Fancy Dress and Costume Hire

This vast dungeon (well, it's in a basement) of a fancy dress store offers a stellar personal service. Staff will help you navigate some 35,000 costumes, from a sleek ant to a fuzzy Orvill duck, and then assist in piecing together a unique outfit for sale or hire.

Mad World is a great stop for period costumes, character fancy dress (they have everyone from Ron Burgandy to Rainbow's Bungle) and seasonal events such as halloween. Their get-ups are so on point that TV and movie production companies use them, too. 

They also stock balloons and costume accessories, such as wigs, swords and more, and there's another Mad World store in Charing Cross.

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Mad World Fancy Dress and Costume Hire says
Mad World is your very own dressing-up box! We have more than 35,000 costumes for hire across our two central London stores (Old Street and Charing Cross). Stores are open seven days a week, including late on Thursdays when we're open until 8pm.

Our collection spans a broad range of styles and eras. We can cater to your theme whether it be fantasy or reality, modern or retro, serious or silly, all stored in their own gown covers which help uphold our impeccable reputation for quality.

No appointments necessary. Simply visit your nearest branch and allow our talented costume stylists to transform you for Halloween into anything from a traditional vampires or Mexican Day Of The Dead, a bloody bride, a stunning 18th Century ghost in a gown, iconic villains like Freddie Kruger, Pennywise the Clown or the Wicked Witch of the West, to contemporary characters such as Jon Snow and all your faves from Game Of Thrones, Harley Quinn … The options are vast and varied!

Don't forget, we also stock Halloween essentials such as fake blood, face paints, theatrical FX products such as liquid latex and prosthetic wounds, cosmetic contact lenses and much much more.
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Venue name: Mad World Fancy Dress and Costume Hire
Address: Basement, 69-85 Tabernacle St (entrance on Singer St)
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 10am-7pm; Thu 10am-8pm; Fri 10am-7pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun noon-5pm. Extended hours during Halloween.
Transport: Tube: Old St
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Amazing range of costumes makeup & accessories, and the most helpful staff!

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Mad World is one of the best fancy dress shops in London, the staff are really helpful and they have a great range of products and costumes.


You can't go wrong with this fancy dress shop, there are rows upon rows of outfits and accessories. The staff are uber friendly and helpful, ready to give advice on sizes and suggestions for making your ensemble perfect. 

They're very hot on local events too, so if you're looking for your next Secret Cinema get up make sure to look this place up. 

I love this venue because it's jammed packed with all types of costumes for all types of occasions! You're in the middle of shoreditch but you need to be a Greek goddess by five... where would I go? Mad world fancy dress of course!

Biggest range of costumes I've seen, all of very good quality. Also, very friendly and helpful staff. I'd recommend to anyone.

Madworld is one of the best shops I have visited with absolutely brilliant helpful staff! They have some of the most amazing stock I have ever seen and at great prices. I love the fun environment of this place!

The vast selection of costumes and accessories is dwarfed by the knowledge, enthusiasm and friendliness of the wonderful staff, who go out of their way to ensure that, every time I walk out of the shop, I have the best outfit possible. Thanks Jill, Harriet, Elenie and the rest of the team!

The staff at this fancy dress shop are incredible: helpful, witty and great at calming pre party nerves! The stock is reasonably priced and there's plenty of cheap options to hire rather than buy. Plus the VAST amount of choice means it's very unlikely someone else will turn up wearing the same outfit as you...

The place is great. 1000s of costumes & the girls who work there really know how to get you sorted. They have ideas for every occasion

A great fancy dress shop. If you are stuck for ideas the staff give you personal attention and offer great and honest advice. Great shop all round.

Definitely the best costume shop in London. Being a costume designer I use their facilities lot, and these guys are always there to lend a helping hand on a tight timescale or budget! Thier service is fast, fun, and just the right amount of eccentric!!! They are a small business and definitely deserve this win and some long overdue publicity!!!!

This literal warehouse of costumes has everything you could ever want for a fancy dress party, and loads of stuff you didn't know you wanted too!

Kind and helpful service. Makes me wish I dressed up more often. Oh, and they actually clean their costumes. Love these guys.

So friendly! Helped me get a costume sorted 2 days before my party when I'd been stressing for weeks beforehand! Put me totally at ease and were really knowledgable, thank you so much again.

With an amazing selection and really helpful staff, this place is a mecca of costumes!

The most amazing, friendly and fun fancy dress shop in London. Loads of choice of well looked after costumes for hire that all come with accessories, as well as the usual fancy dress stuff to buy like wigs etc.. The staff are brilliant - always put you at ease and full of interesting ideas if you're struggling for inspiration.