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How To Carnival Like A King

Notting Hill Carnival is a hoot.  It’s loud and real and messy and truly unique and bathed in swathes of community spirit. If you’re heading down – our advice is just to get involved. Like, fully involved. Try the goat, drink the Red Stripe, dance like a loony and embrace your fellow, slightly sweaty, revellers. Lovely.

So - sure we’re not telling you anything new, but just in case - a lot of the bars on Portobello board up their windows and batten down the hatches, so there’ll be no Ginstitute for you this weekend! It’s basically just Trailer Happiness that is open for business and if you ask nicely to the chaps on the door, and maybe name drop a tiny bit – we’re quietly confident they’ll let you descend the stairs to… cocktail carnage!? (Our advice on this – if you manage to get down there – stay there! You’ll be in the very best company).

If you’re looking for somewhere to set up base during the day (and ensure your drinks are tasty), we suggest heading straight to the Powis Square Stage, which has been taken over for the first time by our pals at CASA BACARDÍ. Music starts from midday both days but they simply will not reveal who’s playing yet but our insider chat from the team is “it's f**king incredible though”. So… IN!

Like the rest of carnival – Powis Square will be first come first serve, so we’ll be heading down there early-ish to get a good spot.

Carnival cuts out pretty sharpish at 7pm and being honest - it can get fairly sketchy once the sun sets… It’s hard to get out of the area with quite so many people and walking is a far nicer experience than piling onto the Central Line after a long days dancing… so… if you’re looking to carry on the party, without being caught up in the melee… these are our picks of where to head after dark…

Westbourne Grove - 65 & King

Golborn Road - Southam Street 

Kensington High Street - Dirty Bones Kensington

White City - Allis 
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Queensway - All Star Lanes Bayswater