The theme that has been chosen is The London Underground. Your guests have to dress up as one of the stations. It is a play on words and you need to think a bit outside the box! Some stations may be linked to something, Wembley for example is England’s home venue for football, so you could dress up as a footballer. Holloway has a large ladies prison, so you could wear a convict outfit. Hope you get the idea!
Although this page of costume ideas is based on the London Underground, there is no reason why you can’t take it as an idea and work out some what you could do in your local area.
Choosing ‘London Underground Stations’ for a fancy dress party theme is a great idea. Your guests however may not agree with you! They will receive an invitation and particularly, if they are not keen on dressing up, may not turn up at all, or turn up but refuse to wear a costume. Costume parties work best when all, or at least the majority of your guests are dressed up. So what can you do? Well, this information page, will help. We have listed lots of London Underground Stations below and given some costume ideas. You could print this list off or give your guests a link to this page so they can have a look.
There are currently around 250 different stations on the London Underground network – there have been more. At one time, in the 1880s, the ‘Underground’ stretched as far as Windsor (sharing a line with the Great Western Railway) and had 340 stations on the network.
Guests Who Just Don’t Want To Dress Up
No matter how much information you give there will still be a small percentage of people who just do not like dressing up. Fair enough, not everyone is the same. We have given some ideas of props or wigs that can be used for some Underground Stations. Most guests who do not dress up will often regret it once they have arrived as they feel like an outsider. We can’t have that, so It may be worth your while buying a few of these accessories that you can hand out to these guests as they arrive so they do not feel left out.
A beehive wig- High Barnet Monolopy Money – Pinned on to ‘normal’ clothes – Bank
Safety Pins – Pinner
Wings – Angel
Chef’s Hat – Baker Street
Dog Mask – Barking
Tennis racket – Wimbledon
Picture of Vauxhall car – Vauxhall
Bows – Pinned on for Bow
Cricket bat – Oval
Underground Stations – Costume Ideas
Okay, so now let us move on to all of those peole who will dress up and get into the spirit of the whole thing. Some of these require more work than others but hopefully they will give you a starting point.
North Wembley – Football kit
Wembley Central – Football kit
Queens Park – Queen costume with parking sign. You could always use a Freddie Mecury type of costume to make it more difficult to guess
Maida Vale – Maid costume wearing a veil
Paddington – Paddington Bear
Baker Street – Chef or Sherlock Holmes Costume
Oxford Circus – Clown costume wearing a mortar board or Oxford Dictionary. Or wear a headmaster gown, mortar board with a clown’s red nose and/or face paint.
Regent Park – Royal type of costume with a parking sign
Charing Cross – Maid (or Char) costume holding/wearing a cross
Waterloo – Abba Costume or Nelson or Napolean costume
Elephant & Castle – Elephant Costume maybe carrying a picture of a castle
Shepherds Bush – Sherpherd/Nativity costume with a large beard
Holland Park – Dutch costume with a parking sign
Notting Hill Gate -Carnival costume
Royal Oak – Brown trousers, green top, green wig and a crown
Bow Road – Covered with lots of various bows
Queensbury – Queen costume holding some berries
Bond Street – Dinner Suit / Tuxedo
Tottenham Court Road – Football kit with a court wig
St Pauls – Bishop or another religious costume
Kings Cross – Elvis costume with a cross
Cannon Street – Religious Costume
Blackfriars – Black Monk costume – or use a normal brown monk – just pain your face black
Victoria – Queen Victoria / Victorian costume
Sloane Square – Twin set and pearls, ‘la de da’ voice
Barons Court – Baron Costume, court wig
Earls Court – Georgian Costume with a court wig
West Ham – West Ham Football kit
Upton Park – West Ham Football kit
Barking – Dog costume
Hornchurch – Religious Costume with horns
Kingsbury- King (could use Elvis) costume holding some berries
Canary Wharf – Canary Costume or Use Tweety Pie instead!
North Greenwich – Watch or clock, arrow pointing north
Greenwich – wear a green witch costume (see it is easier than you probably first thought!)
Oval – Cricket gear
Angel Islington – Angel costume
South Wimbledon – Womble costume or tennis whites
Stratford – Tudor / Elizabethan costume (Shakespeare)
Knightsbridge – Knight costume, holding a picture of a bridge
Covent Garden – Vampire costume holding a bunch of flowers
Caledonian Road – Scottish Costume
Holloway – Convict
Canada Water – A Canadian Mountie with a watering can
Arsenal – Arsenal football kit or carrying loads of weapons
Cockfosters – Chicken costume holding a can of Fosters larger
Blackhorse – Black horse costume
Seven Sisters – Attach 6 blow up dolls to each other on a pole (+ you)
Warren Street, some kind of Rabbit costume, perhaps a Bunny Girl or the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland or a rabbit mask
West India Quay – West Indian man or lady holding a key
Whitechapel – Jack the Ripper (Victorian costume)
New Cross – Large Cross
Couples Fancy Dress
For this theme, couples are a little difficult to cater for – perhaps a male in a James Bond tuxedo (Bond Street) could be teamed with a gold-painted girl (as in ‘Goldfinger’) in a green outfit (Golders Green – although she could also be green in a gold outfit!). Staying with the green option, a green face and/or body-paint can also give you Turnham Green, Greenwich North (Wicked Witch of the North from the Wizard of Oz, with a few icicles round the hat!) and Parsons Green (for the latter you can also have a vicar wearing a ‘golf-tee’ novelty hat).
What about using a Barbie & Ken outfit and going as a couple as the station Barbican! (okay, I can hear you groan but do you have any better ideas?)
More Fancy Dress Costume Ideas…
Tree costumes may not be the best idea if your venue is a little cramped, but if you’ve the opportunity to branch out (or you can even just find a tree mask), such an outfit can give you the basis of Kings Oak (Tree costume plus crown) or Gospel Oak (Tree plus (large) vicar’s dog-collar or one of those colourful gowns worn by gospel choirs!)
Males are notoriously reluctant to dress up, but most would probably be prepared to wear a pilot’s outfit (Airline or Air Ace) and this costume can represent either Heathrow or Hanger Lane (for females, the Stewardess is an alternate option here). For any others who don’t want to go for the fully costumed look, just a wig may be sufficient – a rasta/dreadlock wig can work for Brixton, a beehive for High Barnet and a schoolgirl’s boater and pigtails (or school cap for males) gives you Grange Hill.
Has that helped? Please let us know, we would really appreciate it. Why don’t you drop us a line on our blog if you have any other ideas?