Mad World Fancy Dress Old Street


69-85 Tabernacle Street
(Entrance in Singer Street, down steps to basement.)
Nearest tube: Old St


MONDAY to FRIDAY : 10am - 7pm
THURSDAYS : 10am - 8pm
SATURDAYS : 10am - 5pm
SUNDAYS : 12pm - 5pm



Telephone: 020 7253 1003


Mad World Fancy Dress Old Street


Charing Cross Underground
441a The Strand
(Inside Charing Cross underground arcade, by exit 9. Down stairs to subway between Starbucks and Paperchase on The Strand)


MONDAY to FRIDAY : 10am - 7pm
THURSDAYS : 10am - 8pm
SATURDAYS : 10am - 5pm



Telephone: 020 7836 6765



Mad World Fancy Dress Old Street


1 Barns Court
Turners Hill Road
Crawley Down
West Sussex
RH10 4HQ
(near Dukes Head roundabout)


TUESDAYS : 10am - 6pm
WEDNESDAYS : 10am - 6pm
THURSDAYS : 10am - 8pm
FRIDAYS : 10am - 6pm
SATURDAYS : 10am - 5pm
SUNDAYS : 11am - 4pm



Telephone: 01342 714 056



Fancy Dress Costume Hire

Christmas and New Year Opening Times December 18 2017

Opening hours over the Festive period are as follows:

Mon 18th Dec: 10am-7pm
Tues 19th Dec: 10am-7pm
Weds 20th Dec: 10am-7pm
Thurs 21st Dec: 10am-8pm
Fri 22nd Dec: 10am-7pm
Sat 23rd Dec: 10am-5pm
Sun 24th Dec: CLOSED
Mon 25th Dec: CLOSED
Tues 26th Dec: CLOSED
Weds 27th Dec: 10am-7pm
Thurs 28th Dec: 10am-8pm
Fri 29th Dec: 10am-7pm
Sat 30th Dec: 10am-5pm
Sun 31st Dec: 12pm-5pm
Mon 1st Jan: CLOSED
Tues 2nd Jan: CLOSED

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Mad World

Extended Opening Times For Halloween 2017 October 16 2017

As it's the most wonderful time of the year (sorry Christmas!), we will be extending our opening hours for the week leading up to Halloween so you can get your hands on the gruesome goods!

London Stores - City and Charing Cross

FRI 20th OCT - 10am - 8pm
SAT 21st OCT - 10am - 6pm
SUN 22nd OCT - 12pm - 5pm
MON 23rd OCT - 10am - 8pm
TUES 24th OCT - 10am - 8pm
WEDS 25th OCT - 10am - 8pm
THURS 26th OCT - 10am - 9pm
FRI 27th OCT - 10am - 9pm
SAT 28th OCT - 10am - 8pm
SUN 29th OCT...

From Paris to London! Join the #SocietyOfLove with Secret Cinema February 20 2017

Secret Cinema's production of Moulin Rouge opened last week (on Valentine's Day, of course) and we have already been busy dressing ticketholders as turn-of-the-century Parisiens! 

Early feedback is excellent, we're hearing this is the most elaborate Secret Cinema event to date! 

Without giving much away (#TellNoOne), ticketholders are given alter-egos and a dress code to adhere to for the night. We have options in store to hire for all characters, as well as the important accessories and extras you will need for your evening at the Moulin...

Halloween group ideas October 18 2016

Why be a lone wolf this Halloween when you could be the ultimate in #squadgoals with a group theme for you and your friends. Here are some ideas.......
Henry VIII and wives (with slashed throats!) - ideal for a group with only one male, although Tudor drag queens would be sickening!

Rocky Horror Picture Show
- lots of characters, distinctive recognisable costumes, what's not to love?

Ghostbusters - a popular choice since the 80s, this theme is even more accessible now with the release of this years "love it or...

Halloween Opening Hours October 03 2016

Our London stores are, as every year, extending their opening hours in the run up to Halloween to make sure each and every one of you is fully kitted out for the spooky season!

Extended hours will operate as follows:

Fri 21st - 10am - 8pm
Sat 22nd - 10am - 6pm
Sun 23rd - 12pm - 5pm (as normal)
Mon 24th - 10am - 8pm
Tues 25th - 10am - 8pm
Weds 26th - 10am - 8pm
Thurs 27th - 10am - 9pm
Fri 28th - 10am - 9pm
Sat 29th - 10am - 8pm
Sun 30th - 12pm - 5pm (as normal)
Mon 31st - 10am - 8pm

Please note our opening hours...

Shambala Myths & Monsters August 22 2016

Can you believe summer is almost over?! We are coming to the end of festival season now, with only Shambala and Bestival still to come.
This bank holiday weekend Shambala has a myths and monsters theme which takes us nicely into preparing for Halloween! Our first Halloween deliveries are already here....! More on that soon.

We have a pinterest board for Shambala ideas but here are our top picks, all available in London stores now. Don't forget our 20% off retail costumes offer is still running so grab a bargain!

Smiffys "Pan" 

The Festival Of Many Themes - Boomtown Fair August 08 2016

We continue our guide to the summer festivals this week with our guide to Boomtown.

Here are a few ideas to be festival fab and we'd love to hear what you're planning to wear and seeing your photos! Don't forget we are on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Boomtown - 11th-14th August.
1. Spanish/Mexican
2. Chinatown
3. Pirates
4. Wild West
5. Robots/Future

PHEW! What a list. Unlike other festivals, the sprawling Boomtown has FIVE different distinct areas, each with a different theme! You can join...

Out In The Wilderness? August 01 2016

As we move into August we're at the peak of the summer festival season and it seems like there is a big event every weekend! We will guide you through the themes to some of the biggest and best events.

Here are a few ideas to be festival fab and we'd love to hear what you're planning to wear and seeing your photos! Don't forget we are on
Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Wilderness Festival - 5th -7th August.
Theme: Fri - Kaleidoscope. Sat - Gold Rush. Sun: Goblin Ball


Festivals are Calling! July 25 2016

Festival season rolls on and this weekend it's Kendal & Standon Calling. Both have great themes this year and we've got plenty of choice in store.

Here are a few ideas to be festival fab and we'd love to hear what you're planning to wear and seeing your photos! Don't forget we are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Kendal Calling - 28th-31st July. Theme: Carnival Of Colour

The best way to get some colour into your festival attire is with face/body paints. We stock a huge range here at Mad World, including top...

Are You A Gardener Or Galactic? July 20 2016

Festival season is in full swing and there are plenty with fancy dress themes in the next few weeks, starting with Secret Garden Party this weekend. Here are a few ideas to be festival fab and we'd love to hear what you're planning to wear and seeing your photos! Don't forget we are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Secret Garden Party - 21st-24th July. Theme: Gardeners Of The Galaxy
SGP goers are known for their stylish attire so why not go sharp in one of the brand new Smiffys space Stand Out...

Mad World London Summer Promo! June 14 2016

Today we are launching our summer promo here at our Old Street (City) and Charing Cross (West End) stores - a whopping 20% of ALL retail packaged costumes!

Get set for summer! Packaged costumes are brilliant for festivals or stag & hen parties and we have a great range to choose from. Here is a selection of some of the best bargains to grab for your summer of fun.

Make a saving on an official licensed costume, which can usually be quite pricey, for example the official Top Gun flight suit which usually retails at £60 - with...

Easter Opening Hours March 22 2016

Mad World Easter opening hours are as follows:

Weds 23rd March - 10am - 7pm
Thurs 24th March - 10am - 8pm
Good Friday 25th March - CLOSED
Saturday 26th March - 10am - 5pm
Easter Sunday 27th March - CLOSED
Easter Monday 28th March - CLOSED

As always, please allow yourself at least half an hour if coming to hire or need to try costumes on. Last fittings are strictly 15mins before close.

We hope all our customers have a wonderful Easter break. Don't eat too much chocolate! 

Secret Cinema Is Back In Town February 24 2016 1 Comment

After ditching the "secret" element for the past couple of years with epic productions of Back To The Future and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, they've gone back to their roots with their latest event.

We're sworn to secrecy in terms of what the film could be but what we do know is you will need specific items and dress in certain way depending on which character you are assigned.

We have a selection of uniforms and necessary items both to buy or hire. Here are some ideas......

To buy:

WW2 Air Force Female - perfect for...

Christmas Opening Ho-Ho-Hours November 06 2015

Now Halloween is over, we are looking forward to getting festive! The red cups are back in Starbucks, the John Lewis ad has premièred and I've started Christmas shopping!
We will be stocked up with Santas, elves, reindeer and the like - as well as all our usual goodies for whatever your theme may be during the party season. Opening times will be as normal in the run up to the big day, then as follows:

Halloween Opening Hours October 19 2015

Halloween is almost here! We have loads of creepy costumes and spooky sundries in store and we will be open EVEN LATER for the the lead up to the big day!

Extended opening times for our London branches are as follows:
Thurs 22nd 10am-8pm
Fri 23rd 10am-8pm
Sat 24th 10am-6pm
Sun 25th 12pm-5pm

Mon 26th - Weds 28th 10am-8pm
Thurs 29th & Fri 30th 10am-9pm
Sat 31st 10am-8pm
Sun 1st 12pm-5pm

Crawley branch will be open as follows:
Thurs 22nd 10am-8pm
Fri 23rd 10am-8pm
Sat 24th 10am-6pm
Sun 25th 11am-4pm

Mon 26th - Weds 28th 10am-8pm
Thurs 29th & Fri 30th 10am-9pm
Sat 31st 10am-7pm

Staff picks: Movies for Halloween October 15 2015

One of my favourite things about Halloween is rewatching some classic scary films so I decided to compile a list of our staff's picks of Halloween or horror flicks.

First up - me (Jill)
This was a tough choice for me! In the end, nostalgia won and I have chosen Hocus Pocus

This film is perfect Halloween viewing for me. It's set at Halloween, it's fun and scary (Billy was terrifying!) and me, my sister and cousins used to watch it at every sleepover! 
Honourable mentions to The Craft and 

A Quick Guide To......Liquid Latex October 06 2015

Liquid latex has fast become one of our best sellers at Halloween, coinciding with the rise in popularity of turning yourself into zombies!

Liquid latex is an easy starting point for beginners in special effects make up. It can be used to create wrinkles or aging make up, wounds, torn skin, bullet holes etc.  Did you ever used to put PVA glue on your hands and peel it off at school? Liquid latex is the same concept. You can build up the layers with thin sheets of tissue paper and then pick, peel or tear the latex and...

A Quick Guide To.......Face & Body Paints October 05 2015

Most Halloween costumes will require some kind of make-up or face painting to bring it to life. Skeletons, zombies, pumpkins, clowns.....all manner of costumes would just be incomplete without the make up. Of course you could wear a mask....and be hot, sweaty, uncomfortable and not drink or eat all night! 
There are many different types of face and body paint that you can buy and each has pros and cons.

Water based:
Water based make up (e.g. Snazaroo) is probably the most popular type of face paint...

Bestival's Summer Of Love August 28 2015

Bestival goers are well known for pulling out all the stops in terms of fancy dress and I predict this year will be as amazing as ever! The theme this year is "Summer Of Love".

Organiser Rob Da Bank had this to say: 
“Our theme for 2015 is the Summer of Love… it’s a simple theme and hopefully one that’s easy to embrace. It’s largely a positive reaction to all the bad news and downright evil going on in the world. We’re not hiding our heads in the sand and pretending everything’s rosy...

Good luck London Marathon runners! April 20 2015

The London Marathon takes place this Sunday 26th April and here at Mad World we love to see the brave/foolish souls running in costume. Last year we saw one of our giant banana costumes as well as several gorillas take on the 26 mile course. We hope the weather will be pleasant this weekend and wish every single participant the best of luck.

Here are a few of our costumes from previous Marathons.

We recognise this costume, it's one of the Halloween best sellers - Smiffys Anatomy Man!

Testing Ideas For An Out Of This World Summer April 13 2015

Hugely popular spring event London Rugby Sevens has announced their 2015 theme: Space! Rugby Sevens has proven to be a massive event on the fancy dress calendar for us so we are preparing early this year in anticipation of even bigger demand!
From the official England Rugby website:
"Last year’s Monster theme was a cracking weekend stuffed full of fantastic rugby action, some wild moves, both on and off the field, and some brilliant fancy dress efforts. With record breaking crowds again coming through the turnstiles, surpassing the records set...

Get social with Mad World April 08 2015

Did you know as well as all the products and pictures on this website, we are on your favourite social media sites too?

For the most up to date info on what's going on in our stores as well as fun fancy dress related news, follow us on Twitter.

Like us on Facebook for regular uploads of customer and instore photos, info on new products or promotions and details of fancy dress events happening in London. Why not leave us a review or a comment while you're there?

Follow our boards...

Valentine's Schmalentines February 13 2015

Are you sick of being bombarded with images of love hearts, romantic dine in for two deals from budget supermarkets and adverts in the paper for bouquets of roses? If you're totally not on board with the idea of V-Day then let us guide you to some of London's coolest anti-Valentine's events.

Super cute cafe/bar Drink Shop Do in Kings Cross is hosting an anti-Valentine's night suitable for singletons and couples who think Valentines is naff. They promise "There will be no red heart shapes, roses… or terrible matchmaking devices!"

Offering a great range of...

Love is in the air...... February 12 2015

Can you believe we are almost halfway through February already? It feels like Christmas was just yesterday, but here we are with Valentine's Day fast approaching. Love it or loathe it, it's pretty hard to ignore it! It seems like every shop, bar and restaurant has been shot by Cupid's arrow. Tesco has a range of cards to suit even the tightest of budgets!

Are you tired of the usual busy, overpriced Valentine's dinner date? Looking for something a bit quirkier? Maybe something much more impressive...