A Halloween visit to the world’s biggest and oldest costume house

Posted 31.10.2017


A Shaftesbury Avenue institution since 1840

For the past 177 years, there’s been one go-to London destination for costumes, whether it be a Halloween party or a Hollywood blockbuster.

Browse the rails of Angels Fancy Dress– a Shaftesbury Avenue institution since 1840 — and you could pick yourself up a knee-length frock coat worn in “Pirates of the Caribbean” or furs direct from “Game of Thrones.”

That’s because not only is this five-story shop London’s No.1 emporium for everything spooktacular come October 31, it’s also the city center outlet for Angels Costumes, the world’s oldest and largest costume house.

If you don’t recognize the name, you’ll certainly recognize its work. A family-run business for seven generations, Angels has created garments for everything from “Star Wars” to “Downton Abbey” to “Wonder Woman,” and — with a long history in theatre — its past customers include Charles Dickens and Queen Elizabeth II.
With 8.5 miles of costume in their headquarters, Angels are the makers behind the magic you see in hundreds of movies, musicals, commercials, television shoes and more! Heres a few names to tick off the list: David Bowie, Brian May, Dame Judi Dench, Jonny Depp and many more!

You can hire costumes from your favourites movies, musicals and shows in time for Halloween!

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