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Skint and sticking around London during the Easter long weekend? That’s nothing to be sniffed at. Events organisers are making the most of the four-day holiday, so you can make the most of yours, without having to skip the capital.

Whether you want to traipse around the streets hunting for £100,000 Easter eggs, or go on a bar crawl dressed as Jesus, London has something to offer.

To spend the long weekend rocking your socks off, head to Le Beat Bespoke – a four-day rock ‘n’ roll event which will be a hit with the underground retro set – and anyone in the mood for a shuffle.

Surf outfit The Trashmen – whose 1963 song Surfin’ Bird was a worldwide hit – will top the central London bill, which also features live bands and DJs.

Garage, rockabilly, folk, funk, psych, soul, ska and jazz will crank across three rooms as go-go girls provide eye candy, and cult films flicker on big screens.

Rob Bailey, 41, who founded the annual event eight years ago, says it attracts people from all over the world.

“This is a unique festival for people who don’t just enjoy the music of the Fifties and Sixties, but live the lifestyle,” Bailey says. “Even if you are not hugely into the scene, it’s the perfect place to dip your toe into the water because the music variety is wide, there’s loads of stuff going on, and best of all, people are friendly.”

Or, if you’re a bit of a movie buff, kick off your Easter weekend with a glimpse into the illustrious world of costume design at Angels The Costumiers, one of the world’s most highly regarded outfitters of film,
stage and TV shows.

For more than 170 years, the north London business has supplied outfits to major productions – including Titanic, Shakespeare In Love and The King’s Speech – and it is giving the public a rare opportunity to tread its boards, and rifle through its rails.

Jeremy Angel, 30, a sixth-generation costumier, says there are clothes from films spanning decades.

“There are some seriously iconic pieces of cinema in our warehouse, and I’ve seen people get very physically excited about what they find,” he says. 

“You could see anything from Captain America costumes to the period wear of Downton Abbey. 

“We work on more than 100 projects each year, and have supplied costumes to 33 Best Costume Oscar-winning films, so the more of a film buff you are, the more you are going to get out of a visit, but it enthralls everyone.”

A 90-minute tour takes visitors through a staggering eight miles of rails and six million items.

And you had better keep your eyes peeled, lest you miss a famous face, sniffing around for their latest look.

“There’s always the chance you will bump into an actress or an actor having a fitting done,” Angel says. “You just never know.”

Even if you don’t spot a film hero, there could be some inspiration for an outfit to wear at another event that’s bound to rock your Easter socks off.


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