Halloween in London doesn’t have to be about dressing down to imitate the undead: tonight there’s a chance to dress up and have a ball, a vintage ball to be precise. Describing itself as ‘a baroque carnival of lust & disgust’, The Last Tuesday Society’s A Danse Macabre is a celebration of all things decadent.
Vintage parties are becoming increasingly popular as people look for something different from their nights out.
Be warned: you need to make a real effort with your costume and extravagance is very much appreciated. For style think 19th century Paris with its masks, corsets and elements of burlesque and cabaret. The theme for the evening is ‘The Beautiful and the Damned’, which certainly leaves room for imagination. Organisers have been kind enough to offer costume advice: “If you’re walking down the street and everyone doesn’t stop and stare then please go home and change”. Prangsta Costumiers in New Cross have an excellent range of appropriate outfits for the occasion and are offering a 20% discount to anyone attending. Visit the shop at 304 New Cross Road or call 0208 694 9869.
All your fashion effort is rewarded with a memorable night of old world glamour. Once inside the music will be as varied as the guest’s costumes with everything from electroclash and gypsy blues to the London Gay Symphony Orchestra; and contortionists, pole dancers and other ‘exotic’ artists will perform around you.
The ball is being held at The Coronet in Elephant and Castle. Tickets are still available at a cost of £35 each. Buy them at The Last Tuesday Society shop at 11 Mare Street, Hackney (Tel: 08444 771 000).
The Last Tuesday Society’s A Danse Macabre
Friday 28 October (22.00-04.00)
28 New Kent Road
Transport: Elephant & Castle