Dress ‘n’ Drink: The best fancy dress nights out in London

Getting yourself suited and booted for a night out is nothing new, but sometimes a big event calls for a bit more effort. Fancy dress isn’t just for Halloween, it’s now an all-year-round activity – and there’s something for every decade. Make sure you bring a camera!



How fabulous, darling! Go back to the 1920s with flappers, dapper suits and gin cocktails.

The Candlelight Club promises to transport you into the prohibition era with their special, secret club nights. From £20pp, secure your place at the speakeasy, where dressing up isn’t just encouraged – it’s compulsory.

More recently, the club have been taking their themes one step further, their Mexican Candlelight Cantina and the French Prohibition nights are coming up. With food, specialist vintage cocktails and live music, we advise booking early for their next dates.

1940s & 50s


Fancy yourself in uniform? Get ready for The Blitz Party.

Popping up at random dates throughout the year, guests are expected to attend in tea dresses and army uniform to get the full experience. Ration books are used as bar tabs and there’s even war-era entertainment, so you can show off your jitterbugging.

But if you prefer rock ‘n’ roll to swing, Shake, Rattle ‘n’ Bowl at Holborn’s Allstar Lanes, is the one for you. Grab your leather jackets and dance to hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s – and even better, entry is free!



Nothing says eighties like a roller disco.

Go south for Vauxhall’s version where the dress code is bold, bright and neon – think sweatbands, tutus and the obligatory wrist guards, of course. Saturday is the biggest night of the week, where you can skate until 2am with tickets starting from £15pp. Ready, steady, skate!

For the same amount of fun (but fewer bruises) The Jazz Café’s ‘80s vs. ‘90s night might be the solution you’re after. The Camden party happens every Saturday night and if you book in advance, you can skip the queue. From £5pp.



Fans of TLC, Britney Spears and Mariah Carey will love the Club De Fromage at the O2 Academy in Islington.

Partygoers are encouraged to turn up in their wildest fancy dress including any 90s character and any 90s trend. Platform trainers, anyone? With drinks offers all night, the party continues right through until 3.30am.



Pull on your golfing gear because new East London pop-up Swingers is the perfect venue for putting – and shots!

The Shoreditch bar is home to a 9-hole crazy golf course and a host of different street food vendors – although Pizza Pilgrims is clearly the most delicious.

The bar is so committed to their theme that they have their own fancy dress store to make sure you are fully decked-out. Get tickets in advance from £10pp.









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