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Choosing The London Underground As a Party Theme
If you are not British, you probably already think that us Brits are completely eccentric anyway, but this hub will probably prove that we are all completely 'barking mad'!
There has been a little bit of confusion as to what this hub is all about so I will try to explain it for all of my readers that are not based in the UK.
The theme that has been chosen is The London Underground, sometimes also known as 'The Tube'. Your guests have to dress up as the name of one of the stations. Although some stations are easy to depict - Angel or Blackfriars - for many stations it is a play on words (or pun) and you need to think a bit 'outside the envelope!' 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! I appreciate that it may difficult for non-UK residents to get all of the costume suggestions, but hopefully it may give you some ideas for your own more local area, think about the New York subway stations and see if you can think of costumes that could be used.
Choosing 'London Underground Stations' for a party theme seems 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 hub, I hope, will help. I 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. For even more underground station costume ideas have a look here.
As with any of these types of themes, improvisation and innovation have a role to play, so costumes may go beyond just station names, as in the case of a person who turned up wearing a particular well-known designer brand highlighted with arrows - Mind the GAP! (Again, quick explanation for our overseas readers: 'Mind the Gap' is a regular tannoy/PA announcement at older tube stations where the edge of the platform and the door-edge of the carriage are not the same height or flush with each-other).
Give your guests a sheet of paper and they have to guess what stations your other guests are. As your guests arrive you would need to take their name and the actual station that they are trying to be - you will need this list later to compare. The winner is the person who guesses the most. You can also give a prize for the most inventive costume.
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. I 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.
- 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
London Underground Costume Ideas
Some of these require more work than others but hopefully they will give you a starting point. Some rely on word-play and puns, so there is a risk that you might have to spend time explaining the ingenuity of your creation, but it's a good ice-breaker!
North Wembley - Football kit
Wembley Central - Football kit
Queens Park - Queen costume with parking sign. You could always use a Freddie Mercury type of costume to make it more difficult to guess
Maida Vale - Maid costume wearing a veil (or a Bottle of Beer - Maid of Ale)
Paddington - Paddington Bear (soon to be seen in his own movie).
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 or Nelson or Napoleon costume
Elephant & Castle - Elephant Costume maybe carrying a picture of a castle (or a Rook chess piece)
Shepherds Bush - Shepherd/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
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Bond Street - Dinner Suit / Wet suit
Tottenham Court Road - Football kit with a court wig
St Pauls Bishop costume
Kings Cross - Elvis costume with a cross
Cannon Street - Religious Costume
Blackfriars - Black Monk costume
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 - Dog costume (or a Straitjacket - as in Barking Mad)
Hornchurch - Religious Costume with horns
Kingsbury- King costume holding some berries
Canary Wharf - Canary Costume
Going Underground - The Jam
Music To Use
As your guests arrive it would be a good idea to try to have music on that helps to create the mood and has a train / underground theme. Once the party gets underway, normal party music can continue.
Some musical ideas include:
- Going Underground - The Jam
- The Locomotion - Kylie Monogue
- Waterloo - Abba
- Waterloo Sunset - Kinks
- Blue Train - Johnny Cash
- Downbound Train - Bruce Springsteen
- Downtown Train - Rod Stewart
- Finchley Central - New Vaudeville Band http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvMYHbN5baw
- Friendship Train - The Temptations
- Ghost Train - Bee Gees
- Hear My train a Comin' - Jimi Hendrix
- Locomotive - Motorhead
- Midnight Train to Georgia - Gladys Knight & The Pips
- Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
- Runaway Train - Elton John
- Runaway Train - Eric Clapton
- Silver Train - Rolling Stones
- Station to Station - David Bowie
- Sunny Googe Street - Donovan
- Warwick Avenue - Duffy
I am sure you can think of some more...
And yet More Underground Station Costume Ideas....
North Greenwich - Watch or clock, arrow pointing north
Oval - Cricket gear
Angel Islington - Angel costume
South Wimbledon - Womble costume or tennis whites
Knightsbridge - Knight costume, holding a picture of a bridge
Covent Garden - Vampire costume holding a bunch of flowers
Caledonian Road - Scottish Costume
Holloway - Convict
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)
West India Quay - West Indian man or lady holding a key
Whitechapel - Jack the Ripper (Victorian costume)
New Cross - Large Cross
Fantasy Underground Stations
As if there were not enough real London Underground Stations already, there are also quite a few fictitious ones as well! In the interests of completeness (or confusing things further) here are a few of the fakes (although not many lend themselves to conventional costuming)
Hobbs End - A station which was centre to the action in the 50s sci-fi serial 'Quatermass and the Pit'
Vauxhall Cross - The underground station in which Q (John Cleese) reveals the 'invisible' Vanquish car in 'Die Another Day'
Walford - Possibly the most famous fictitious station, being the one local to the 'Square' in the BBC soap opera/drama series 'Eastenders'.
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