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...Notting Hill Carnival Parties

Date: 19.08.11 Category:

“Carnival needn't be carnage. If you're heading to The Hill for some bank holiday fun, check out these happening hotspots or avoid the crowds in quieter corners.”

Kick the bank holiday weekend off with the Carnival Warm Up Party at Paradise on Friday night, but conserve your energy because the line up over the course of the weekend – including the likes of Jack Beats, Ms Dynamite and Stereo MCs – is worth holding out for.

The Prince Bonaparte could prove a great spot to set up camp if you get there early enough, or if you want to head out in the area but avoid the full-throttled-throng, head to either The Windsor Castle or The Mall Tavern near Notting Hill Gate or further west to Garden Bar. Duck into The Tabernacle for a breather and browse around Laslett’s Carnival – a photographic exhibition documenting the history of Notting Hill Carnival. And if you'd prefer to be in the thick of it, Trailer Happiness and The Lonsdale are likely to be rocking with Carnival spirit as will The Cow, where the Red Stripe will be flowing on tap.

A stylish alternative to the outside mayhem, supperclub will host their Secret Carnival After Party on Sunday night – an indoor carnival with fire eaters, aerial acrobats and live performances (tickets cost £10 and can be purchased here). And for those of you still standing on Monday night, the pop-up rave City.Too.Hot at Beach Blanket Babylon will make the perfect finale to the Carnival weekend. Enjoy!

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The Prince Bonaparte

The Prince Bonaparte

Pub

"With a welcoming atmosphere, The Prince Bonaparte is a sophisticated and fun pub that's popular with the sophisticated locals."

80 Chepstow Road, London W2 5BE

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The Windsor Castle

The Windsor Castle

Pub

"The traditional looking pub is warm and cosily cramped and has a gem of a garden too."

114 Campden Hill Road, London W8 7AR

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The Mall Tavern

The Mall Tavern

Pub

"A hidden gem in Notting Hill, The Mall Tavern is perfect for cosy catch-ups, fun-fueled drinks and dinners, and special occasions..."

71-73 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W8 4RU

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Garden Bar

Garden Bar

Restaurant with bar

"With a fabulous and large garden, and a roomy interior, this is an ideal location to settle in with a large group of friends."

41 Bramley Road, London W10 6SZ

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Tabernacle

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Tabernacle

Event space

"A hidden gem in Notting Hill which the locals are trying to keep a secret..."

34-35 Powis Square, London W11 2AY

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Trailer Happiness

Trailer Happiness

Bar

"If it's complete abandon and escapism you are after, then a cocktail in Trailer Happiness is what you need."

177 Portobello Road, London W11 2DY

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The Lonsdale

The Lonsdale

Restaurant with bar

"With a lounge-style restaurant and killer cocktails, The Lonsdale is a great place for date."

48 Lonsdale Road, London W11 2DE

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The Cow

The Cow

Pub

"Oysters, Guiness and cigars? It sounds like a recipe for disaster but this is one of the most popular pubs in the area."

89 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH

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supperclub

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supperclub

Restaurant with bar and nightclub

"With no airs and graces, supperclub is a wonderful disarming atmosphere that provokes relaxation and profligacy, camaraderie as..."

12 Acklam Road, London W10 5QZ

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Beach Blanket Babylon Notting HillĀ 

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Beach Blanket Babylon Notting HillĀ 

Restaurant with bar

"Full of character, BBB in Notting Hill is a popular spot for cocktails."

45 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AA

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