Where to Carnival in London

Notting Hill Carnival 2011 is fast approaching, and will be taking place on Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August. After discussions with the Police it has been decided the carnival will end at 7pm on both nights, meaning you’ll need to find somewhere else to fill your evening. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices.

Sunday 28th and Monday 29th August
Notting Hill Carnival 2011

The carnival itself will be starting at around 9am on both Sunday and Monday and will be finishing at 7pm. The procession generally starts at Great Western Road, then winds its way along Chepstow Road, on to Westbourne Grove, and then Ladbroke Grove. Then, everyone goes off to find after-parties, of which there are many. If you’re after strictly Latin beats at Carnival then head over to the Latin Rave Street Jam on the corner of Portobello Road and Golborne Road for the only purely latino flavoured soundsystem of the carnival.

Here’s our recommendations for other events worth checking out around Notting Hill Carnival weekend:

Saturday 27th August 2011, 5pm-3am
Batmacumba versus Tribo: Carnival Showdown
The Lockside Lounge
75 – 89 Upper Walkway, West Yard
Camden Lock Place. (Nearest tube Camden)

Get ready for one of the funkiest carnival parties this summer as Brazilian beatmeisters Batmacumba go head-to-head with Afro-Bahian drumming bloco Tribo for a high octane carnival mix of Brazilian sounds.

Saturday 27th August, 9pm-3am
Urban Nerds Carnival Special 2011

A bass-fueled Carnival Special and the biggest East London Notting Hill Carnival warm-up event around! Music will be a mix of dancehall, dubstep, baile funk, soca and various other underground sounds courtesy of the Schlachthofbronx crew. They will be joined by an army of DJs with heaps of reggae, moombahton, garage, electro and of course lots and lots of party bass!

Sunday 28th August, 11pm-6am
Sun Bailante’s The Hot Caribbean Carnival
O2 Academy Islington

Sun Bailante returns to the O2 Academy Islington on Sunday 28th August for one of the hottest after-parties of the Notting Hill Carnival 2011 – ‘The Hot Caribbean Carnival’. Sun Bailante’s DJ’s will keep you entertained till the early hours to the sounds of Soca, Dancehall, R&B, Funky House, Hip Hop, Reggae, Reggaeton, Zouk/Kizomba and more. Plus there will be a Carnival parade and show straight from the Caribbean Islands and Muzik Lil Muzik, the top Soca band from St Lucia, will perform their latest tunes.

Sunday 28th August, 6pm-2am
Fiesta En La Calle

After carnival join Movimientos for Fiesta en la Calle with the lively Brazilian roots Pe-de-Jurema getting everyone dancing outside and late night DJ action from the Movimientos DJs plus special guest from Barcelona DJ T-Bird (Los Chicos Del Alto).

Thursday 25th August
Pre-Notting Hill Carnival Party
Favela Chic

Pre-Notting Hill Carnival Party at Favela Chic from Gandaia, featuring live music from Maracatudo Mafua, AJ Holmes and the Hackney Empire and John Blood, plus DJ sets from Pax Nindi and Cocoyea Mas Band.

Thursday 25th – Sunday 28th August
Carnival Weekend

There’s a whole host of activities happening at Guanavara from Thursday 25th August until Sunday 28th. For the exact details please visit:

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