Mad World Fancy Dress Old Street


69-85 Tabernacle Street
(Entrance in Singer Street, near Old St tube)


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


MONDAY to FRIDAY : 10am - 7pm
THURSDAYS : 10am - 8pm
SATURDAYS : 10am - 5pm
SUNDAYS : CLOSED until further notice due to maintenence


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 : 10:00am - 6pm
WEDNESDAYS : 10:00am - 6pm
THURSDAYS : 10:00am - 8pm
FRIDAYS : 10:00am - 6pm
SATURDAYS : 10:00am - 5pm
SUNDAYS : 11am - 4pm



Telephone: 01342 714 056



Fancy Dress Costume Hire

Halloween Opening Hours October 20 2014

Halloween is very important to us here at Mad World and we love it so much we have decided to stay open even later than usual! 

Here are the details of our extended hours, but remember.....don't leave it til the last minute to find the perfect costume! The early bird catches the worm....or the vampire.....zombie....mummy...witch.......muhahaha


Monday 20th 10am to 7pm

Tuesday 21st 10am to 7pm

Wednesday 22nd 10am to 7pm

Thursday 23rd 10am to...

Quick And Easy Halloween Make Up Tutorials October 19 2014

You've got your costume sorted, you have the right wig and even props and weapons.....what's left? Well, how about the make up? 

You don't need to be a professional make up artist to achieve super realistic scary special effects. All you need is some supplies from your trusty local fancy dress shop (that's us!) and some patience and confidence. There are hundreds of helpful tutorials out there on the internet - try searching on youtube or pinterest. 

I have picked out some of the simplest, most effective make up tutorials here. Why not try them out this Halloween?



October the 1st means one thing.... October 01 2014

The countdown to Halloween of course!

We have been working hard over the past couple of weeks with our Halloween stock to get it priced and ready to get on the shelves. We have most of our stock now and advise you to come in early to avoid the crowds!

We have some great new items and ideas for you this year, here is a sneak preview of what I expect to be top sellers in the make up/cosmetics category!


Smiffys Zombie Make Up Kit £10.00

Desert Island Disco August 30 2014

It's almost the end of another summer and Bestival (this coming weekend) is the last major festival of the season. They always raise the bar when it comes to fancy dress. This year's theme is "Desert Island Disco".  Here are some ideas for your festival fancy dress - all available at Mad World to buy or hire.

Disco - 1970s.... Soul Sisters, ABBA, Bee Gees, Pimps, Saturday Night Fever, 1970s velvet suits, flares, groovy shirts, Afro wigs, ABBA wigs, Glitter tinsel wigs, glitter spray, glitter eyelashes, star shades,...

Great Scott! Secret Cinema Is Back......To The Future! July 21 2014

Interactive cinema event Secret Cinema Presents (a re-brand of Future Cinema) launches their latest event this week and it looks to be their best - and most immersive experience yet.

That's right, the creative and ambitious company are recreating Hill Valley for their Back To The Future show this summer. Unsurprisingly, the first run of tickets sold out super quick but they have since extended the run right through to the end of August due to demand. Secret Cinema seems to get bigger and better with each production and dressing up is...

Down with this sort of thing! Careful now! July 09 2014

Recognise that quote? Well you must be a fan of classic sitcom Father Ted! Good news then, as Tedfest is coming to London this weekend. The Friends of Ted Festival, or Ted Fest, is an annual fan convention usually held on the island of Inishmore, off the coast of County Galway, Ireland but this year it is also coming to the London Irish Centre in Camden. Tedfest London has plenty to offer fans including The Lovely Girls Contest, Ted's Got Talent, Priests vs Nuns 5-a-side football match, quiz, live music and much more. Rumour has it a couple of our panto horses may put in an appearance.......

If you're still unsure...

We want your photographs! July 03 2014

One of the best parts of our job is seeing you lovely lot in our costumes having fun at your events. It really makes our day seeing the photos you send in so keep em coming! The best photo each month wins a prize so it's well worth sending your snaps. You can email to , post on our Facebook or tweet us. Here is a selection of our favourites from the last few months.....


Glastonbury Glad Rags! June 20 2014

It's just five days to go until Glastonbury Festival opens it's gates to thousands of  lucky ticket holders. Arguably the best festival in the world, Glastonbury has been a highlight of the summer since 1970. The first festival was held the day after Jimi Hendrix died and was just £1 a ticket (including free milk!). 1,500 attendees saw the likes of the Kinks and "Mad Mick" perform on Michael Eavis' farm.


From such humble beginnings, the festival has grown more and more popular and really took off in the 90s. Nowadays tickets...

He's getting married in the morning....... June 13 2014

It's that time of year. Stag and hen do season!

Also known as a bachelor party or buck's night, the stag do is the opportunity for the best man and friends to send the groom into married life with one last wild night (or, more often, a whole weekend!) to remember! The best man often visits our stores looking for the most embarrassing, unflattering, horrible costume to dress the stag in. However, some are kinder and choose a general theme for the whole group to join in with. If you're in charge of organising the festivities, here are some ideas.


The 8 Groups Of People You Will See At Every Festival May 22 2014 1 Comment

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and I'm sure I just heard the chime of the ice-cream van.....summer is almost here! This summer is packed full with exciting events like the World Cup and the ever increasing roster of festivals. Fancy dress is a very important element when it comes to festivals, with more and more organisers deciding to set official themes for their events. We will be looking at individual festivals and their themes in the coming months but for now here are the 8 groups you see at every festival!

1: Flower Headband Girls


Mad World Charing Cross hits the small screen May 13 2014

Very recently London was lucky enough to get a brand new channel on the EPG - London Live. As well as showing classic episodes of London set sitcoms such as Spaced, Peep Show and Misfits, the channel has plenty of original programming all about London. Last week, Mad World's Charing Cross branch featured on comedian and presenter Jeff Leach's new show "Jeff Leach +1". The show follows Jeff as he explores London's most unique and alternative nights out with the viewer as his "plus 1"! You can watch the full show on catch up on London Live's website here.

....and a happy new year! December 28 2013

We've had a very busy December here at Mad World, providing many Father Christmases, elves, reindeer and snowmen with their costumes and sold many a silly hat for Secret Santa and office parties.

The turkey hat was a best-seller!

Now the focus turns to New Years Eve and the many fun events happening all over London. Many New Year's Eve parties are embracing fancy dress this year, most of them choosing to go back in time to a more glamorous era such as 1920s Prohibition or classic Hollywood.

Get ready for World Zombie Day London October 07 2013

This Saturday (October 12th) is World Zombie Day. Don't panic, we don't mean it's a zombie apocalypse - just an international annual event that grew from Pittsburgh’s first Zombie Walk at Monroeville Mall in 2006 (the site where George Romero filmed Dawn of the Dead) to help all fans of zombie culture come together in an international effort to relieve hunger and homelessness.


The London event takes the form of a zombie walk through central London. The zombie horde will gather at a set time and place then make their way around a pre-arranged...

News from the world of Mad World! September 20 2013

We've had a busy few weeks here at Mad World Fancy Dress - providing costumes for Bestival and Goodwood Revival. We have had some great customer photos sent in....great contenders for our ongoing  best photo competition. Winners are chosen at the end of each month and win a free costume hire.

 Now that the weather is a bit more gloomy, we are turning our attention to the 'H' word - HALLOWEEN! We have received our first batch of stock and new items are hitting the shelves this weekend. We can't wait to get out the decorations and turn our stores...

Halloween gore make up lesson one - cuts September 13 2013

The nights are drawing in and we are looking forward to the spooky season. We have introduced a small range of Halloween items in-store for you well organised early birds. We have cosmetic contact lenses, horror make up, wounds, blood and prop decorations - with plenty more to come in the coming weeks. Watch this space for more details on Halloween stock. In the meantime, we have been practicing some make up techniques using Smiffys fake skin wax, blood and grease paints. Here is a step-by-step guide to creating a cut wrist. WARNING: THIS IS A GRUESOME AND GORY LOOK....

WE'RE HIRING!! September 05 2013

Temp Staff required for October/HALLOWEEN


We are looking for confident and energetic staff to help us for our busy season. We are looking for someone who has great customer service and experience working in retail.


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