All dressed up and wondering where to go? Let us point you to a quirky quartet of upcoming upbeat and offbeat options where you can slip into something different and enjoy some quality variety off the cabaret scene’s beaten paths.
Rumpus Vol. 14: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
If you only want to be entertained and get your dance on at just one apocalyptically-themed fancy dress party this weekend, jump aboard a boat moored in Canary Wharf for Rumpus’ fourteenth outing entitled 20,000 Creatures Under The Sea. Board the MS Stubnitz as a member of the boat’s crew, a human survivor or some vengeful sea creature and enjoy the circus, music and food laid out across three rooms and the top deck.
We recommend going and partying like there’s no tomorrow, for one day that will indeed be true.
Rumpus Vol. 14: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. MS Stubnitz, Wood Wharf, London (East Exit from Canary Wharf Station). 2 March. 2pm-11pm. £10-£25. rumpusparty.co.uk
The Mansion’s Pink Party
Not all fancy dress parties involve a visit to a specialist shop. Since 2010, The Mansion has been holding colour-themed events in various spacious buildings around London with each one a blend of beats, booze and various shades of the rainbow. The next colour is pink so, whether you want to just don rosé-tinted glasses or go the full flamingo, there are options for even the most macho. Variety entertainment comes from dynamic live expressionist painter Francois-Xavier Touzard.
The Mansion’s Pink Party. Private mansion around Little Venice, precise location revealed 24 hours before event. 8 March.Tickets £35-45. themansionlondon.com
The Goblin King’s Den Of Iniquity
Part of this May’s Make Believe Festival, this fantasy-themed masquerade ball shifts venue this year from the soon-to-be-closed Old Vic Tunnels to Islington’s Metal Works. Turn up as a beauty or a beast, a faerie, a nymph or an ogre then take part in the dancing or immersive theatre before exploring the artworks and gawping at the circus acts.
The Goblin King’s Den Of Iniquity. Islington Metal Works, London, EC1V 1NQ. 4 May. 8pm-3am. £20. http://www.goblin-king.co.uk
White Mischief’s War Of The Worlds
The daddy of steampunk fancy dress extravaganzas is back in April with War Of The Worlds . The inspired and ingenious homemade outfits on display are worth the price of entry alone but there’s far more to experience, not least live music, DJs and a high quality cabaret bill throughout the evening plus interactive surprises around every corner.
White Mischief’s War Of The Worlds. 25 May. The Scala, London, N1 9NL. Tickets are £24.99 (early bird), £29.99 (advance) and £35 (on the door). www.whitemischief.info