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Costume Party Themes - Underground Stations

Updated on October 14, 2014

Looking for a theme for your costume party? Why not use London Underground Stations?

The London Underground

If you had always thought of us Brits as being mad, this lens will no doubt prove the point and leave no doubt whatsoever!

One of the more unusual themes which crops up every so often, is that of the London Underground. The theme itself sounds like something thought up over a few (Cock)Fosters lagers. Yet when you think about it, perhaps over your Morning(ton) Croissant (Crescent), it offers a great scope for inventiveness and innovation.

Even if you don't live or work in London, the Underground or 'Tube' is world-famous, its map is a design classic and most people know the famous sites and streets of the capital, even if there isn't always a tube station to match!

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 where the famous castle is (because it shared a line with the Great Western Railway) and had 340 stations on the network.

For all of you that are not based in the UK, you'll probably read this lens and wonder what on earth it is all about. Let me give you a quick explanation...

You are invited to a costume party and the theme is 'London Underground Stations'. You have to look at the stylised London Underground map and find a station name that you can dress up as. Some stations, like Kings Cross are fairly easy to work out, you wear an Elvis costume (The King) and wear or hold a cross. Others are a bit harder, for example there is a famous carnival held every year at Notting Hill, so a carnival costume would be fine for Notting Hill Gate. Wembley is where our national football team play, so you could wear a football kit - get the idea?

You can either give your guests a map of the underground, a segment of the map or an actual station name. They have to come to the party dressed as that station.

Try thinking about the New York Subway, or whatever is local to you. Can you start to think of how you could dress up as some of the stations? If you get some ideas, pop them in the comment box. If I get enough I will put them on another lens.

I'd like to know what you think.

Please complete both polls, this one at the beginning of the lens and the other one at the end.

Thanks very much, Adele

Have You Ever Thought Of Having An Underground Station Party?

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Some Costume Ideas

There are a few easy options when it comes to creating costumes to match Underground Station names, e.g. Angel, Blackfriars and Canary Wharf (for Tweety Pie fans). For others, a well-known character can represent the station - Sherlock Holmes can represent Baker Street; Shakespeare, Stratford; Napoleon, Wellington (or even Abba, the Swedish group) for Waterloo and Queen Victoria for her namesake terminus and Tube interchange. For the most part, however it is down to some lateral thinking and creativity: Here are a few of our suggestions:

For Warren Street, some kind of Rabbit costume, perhaps a Bunny Girl or the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.

Oxford Circus you can choose from a selection of clown costumes and team this with an academic gown and mortar board.

Greenwich Just use a Wicked Witch of Oz costume (you see, it is easier than you probably first thought!)

Barking can obviously use a dog costume, but if you want something a little more 'mad', you could use a strait-jacket or Hannibal Lector outfit!

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 or a Hulk costume 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).
I did have a great suggestion from one of my readers who said a good couple combination would be Barbie & Ken (costumes are available to purchase) and you would go as Barbican! You really need to think 'outside the box!'

For those of a sporting frame of mind, there's Wembley and Arsenal for footballers, the Oval for cricketers and anyone for tennis at Wimbledon?

What about a Shakespeare style costume for Stratford?

Costume idea for Holloway Road or Upper Holloway

Costume idea for Holloway Road or Upper Holloway
Costume idea for Holloway Road or Upper Holloway

More Costume Ideas...

Some stations may require props as well as costumes:-

Canada Water - A Canadian Mountie with a watering can.

Shepherd's Bush - A Shepherd costume with crook and either a bushy beard or small plant.

Elephant and Castle - A person in an elephant costume (Grey or Pink!) could carry a Rook chess piece, but some sort of castellated head-dress might be more effective.

Barbican - This is for a couple who can think outside the box! The lady wears a Barbie costume and the man wears a Ken outfit. Put them together and you have Barbieken (okay, I can hear you groan but do you have any better 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 (quick explanation - in Cockney rhyming slang Barnet Fair = Hair, hence High Barnet is a high hairdo) and a schoolgirl's boater and pigtails (or school cap for males) gives you Grange Hill (a popular school-based children's TV series of yesteryear).

If you need more ideas for this fantastic party theme use the links below

Other Party Tips For This Theme

If you're organising a London Underground party yourself, you might find it an idea to divide the network into sections and allocate different segments to different invitees - this will avoid everyone taking the easy 'Angel' option!

Put a cross with this costume and you have Kings Cross!

We can also offer a few themed food suggestions:

Tufnell Pork balls; Surrey Quiche and East (or West) Ham sandwiches at the buffet with Angel cake, Notting Hill Gate-aux, Swiss Cottage Roll or Victoria Sponge for dessert.

Tell me what you think about this costume theme.

Would you have an Underground Station themed party now you've read this lens?

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      baronbarnaby 5 years ago

      The Underground has 268 stations and approximately 400 km (250 miles) of track, making it the longest metro system in the world by route length, and one of the most served in terms of stations. In 2007, over one billion passenger journeys were recorded.

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      JoyfulReviewer 6 years ago

      Cute ideas. Thanks for the fun costume lens!

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      Missmerfaery444 7 years ago

      Ha, well I'm British and a bit mad, so no surprise that I think this is hilariously brilliant! Inspired idea, love it!

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      Tony Payne 7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Great ideas. I lived in London for 15 years, been through most of the tube stations over the years.

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      eccles1 9 years ago

      The angel one is beautiful!

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      funandgames 9 years ago

      Terrific idea! I love it. And great-looking lens.

      Cheers, Danielle

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      CathayGems 10 years ago

      Very good and I like it very much.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      The underground idea is brilliant. You really don't need to limit your party to the tried and true, the boring and "done." This hub makes you realize that anything is possible!

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      dtbs 10 years ago

      interesting lens! thanks for sharing this info! please check mine out at----------------> Kava Kava.

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      AdeleW 10 years ago

      I was given this costume tip by a nice lady the other day. For Barbican (and you want to go as a couple) Lady goes as Barbie & the man goes as Ken. We are expecting Barbie & Ken costumes to come into stock in the very near future. Watch this space!

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      TripTease 10 years ago

      Great idea for a theme party even if you are not in London!

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      This is a fun idea! I love to see how people decide to dress up for costume parties. It's also a good reference for halloween. You might consider a video or something that is like a modeling show to see how they look in action.

      Nice job!

      Barry Nadler

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      abouttravel 10 years ago

      What a fantastic idea! I think that it's partly the lack of inspiration given by the giver of the "fancy dress party" than the actual dressing up aspect that I really don't like, but you are making me kinda keen to re-dress my thoughts!

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      Eyewear2gogo 10 years ago

      Excellent idea and something we look forward to doing soon.

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      kathyjoyce 10 years ago

      What a novel and interesting idea to have an underground costume party. Really inventive ideas with the station names!


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