Join in the Retro Fun at London’s Blitz Party

Wave your Union Jack with pride and swing into the 1940s with London’s Blitz Party, a night of uplifting community spirit, live bands and fabulous 40s fashion, at the air-raid proof “bunker” offered by Shoreditch’s railway arches.

It’s red lippy, rolled tresses and tea dresses for the ladies; brylcreem and braces for the gents. Men in uniforms (Allied Forces only please) gad about with head-scarved land girls. Blackout curtains and sandbags line the walls, while oil lamps, ration books, tea urns and sandwiches all add to the atmosphere of courage, camaraderie and East London cool.

We felt a real wow-factor on arrival, and spent much of the night people-watching – ogling the “officers” and admiring everyone’s amazing attention to dressing-up detail.

The venue is vast, leaving plenty of room for lindy-hopping along to the bands on stage. Seemingly professional dancers twirled past at top speeds, encouraging the rest of us to give it a go, imagining we were in Christina Aguilera’s video for Candy Man.  When all the jiving and jitterbugging left us parched, we needed our best Blitz spirit to withstand the bar queues – authentic 1940s cocktails take time to prepare… and there’s a war on, y’know!

The next Blitz Party will be on December 5, so chaps – roll up your sleeves, and chap-esses – slip on silk seamed stockings, and join the convivial crowds at London’s truly unique celebration of 40s fashion, frolics and fun.

Check out www.theblitzparty.com for more info, but no dithering: these events sell out fast!

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  1. MD says:

    I may be the only person in London that finds the idea of this a little distasteful but I can live with that. I’m all for people dressing up and having fun in period costume but the Blitz wasn’t really about hanging out in a arch doing the Lindy Hop. ‘The Blitz really is the bomb’ but without the horrific reality of what it must have been like to wonder if when you get home your house and family are no longer there.

  2. Lilac says:

    While I take MD’s point, I think the fact that people would want to participate in something like this, in a way, is actually honouring the memory of a devastating time in history. As well as celebrating the great British/Allies’ spirit that got us through! Lest we forget…

  3. Karen says:

    My band perform at this event. Remembering the Blitz is definitely more about honouring the memory of that time. I was brought up with many a fond story from this era from my grandparents and a Grandma who sang us all the songs which is why we love and perform them now. Yes she tells us of the hard times but the overal memory she has is of the good spirit and the desire to enjoy oneself despite the difficulties.

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