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Best Places to Eat, Drink & Party During Notting Hill Carnival

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Eat, drink and party at London's legendary Notting Hill Carnival with our handy guide. Caribbean vibes hit the streets of London again this Bank Holiday Weekend with the return of the awesome Notting Hill Carnival, the BIGGEST street festival in Europe. With over 37 sound systems, parades of scantily dressed women, steel pan bands and live reggae, calypso, soca and salsa, the Notting Hill Carnival is one of the best parties in London and over 2 million people head to the two-day parade. Street food and drinks are in abundance, but London's clubs, bars and restaurants are also joining in the Carnival fun. Check out this helpful Top Ten Guide to the Best Places to Eat, Drink & Party During Notting Hill Carnival.

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Notting Hill

This Portobello Road boozer has long been a favourite amongst Notting Hill Carnival goers, serving up ice cold pints and tasty bar snacks to the happy crowds. Situated in the very heart of Carnival land, along Portobello Road, Duke of Wellington will be packed to the rafters with punters knocking back bottles of Red Stripe and dancing to the sounds of Dream FM, Shan Da'man and many more.

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Ladbroke Grove & Kensal

The Elgin on Ladbroke Grove is always brimming with Carnival goers during the Notting Hill Carnival and 2018 looks set to be no different. Head to their Notting Hill Carnival After Party 2018, AKA "The Elgin Festival" and enjoy a party like no other to round off your Carnival weekend. Guests can expect live comedy acts and music, The Martin Miller Gin Lounge, Camden pop-up bars and The Glitter Gypsies as well as performances from Njambi McGrath, Johnny Cochrane & Inel Tomlinson, Alex Rv Philips and the Saaah Dudes, Victoria, and Venus Flytraxx. Tickets cost £15. Doors 5pm-11pm. There will be no entry or exit between 7pm - 9pm, as police clear the streets at this time, so make sure you plan y

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Lambeth & Elephant & Castle
Bar / Club

Round off your Notting Hill Carnival weekend in style with Ministry of Sound's Official Carnival After Party. From 10pm til late on Monday 27th August, Ministry of Sound provides the perfect soundtrack to your end of Carnival celebrations with 4 arenas of pumping sounds. Expect 25 DJ's tearing up the place, co2 cannons, lasers, strobes and LED screens as well as a fab outside bar. This event sold out last year and is expected to do the same in 2018.

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Notting Hill
Bar / Restaurant

Fancy tucking to some authentic Caribbean cuisine and knocking back a few rum punches but don't want to sit on the kerb at Carnival to do so? Then head to The Rum Kitchen in Notting Hill, grab a table in this beach shack styled dining room and order yourself some food. The rum cocktails are legendary here and the food is ace. Do Carnival in style this year at The Rum Kitchen.

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Bar / Club

If you're looking for London's biggest Notting Hill Carnival After Party, then look no further. Sun Bailante at iconic London club Heaven (Charing Cross) is the place to be post Carnival with some of the hottest DJ's and Carnival sounds. Check out popular French Guyanese Dancehall Duo Jahyanai King & Bamby and enjoy four rooms of Carnival & club sounds until 6am, including Soca, Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop and much more. Tickets from £20

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Notting Hill
Bar / Restaurant

Cottons has finally landed in Notting Hill and what better place to head to for Caribbean food and drinks during Carnival time? Even better, Cottons is the proud owner of the Guinness World Record for the most amount of rums commercially available - 372 to be precise. Boy that's a lot of rum to choose from! Tuck into classic Caribbean dishes, knock back those rum punches and celebrate Carnival at Cottons.

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Bar / Restaurant / Club

Celebrating all things Carnival, Camden's iconic venue Shaka Zulu are putting on an unforgettable Carnival party night on Sunday 26th August. Taking place over two levels, expect live bongo and steel pan bands, resident DJ's, entertainers, street dancers, Carnival masquerades and much more. Open until 4am, this venue will cater for over 900 party goers. We can't wait!

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Bar / Club

Hop on over to the Prince of Wales in Brixton on Bank Holiday Monday for Supa Dupa Fly's Carnival celebrations. This south east London party pub will be hosting a Carnival Rooftop party with hip hop, RnB & Carnival vibes from DJ's Jonezy (1Xtra), Emily Rawson (1Xtra), Teddy, Pavlos, Teddy Lewis and much more. Cocktails & food from Gone Burger. Doors 2pm-12am. Tickets £10 on the door

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Not heading over to Notting Hill this year? No worries, head to the Ealing Park Tavern instead where their Garden Carnival Bonanza is sure to get you into the party mood. Taking place on Saturday 25th August from 2pm until late, this popular Ealing pub will be getting into the Carnival spirit with Caribbean food and drinks and resident DJ providing the sunshine soundtrack in their huge garden. Entry is free so what are you waiting for?

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Notting Hill

If you're hunger pangs can take no more, pop into legendary Portobello Road eatery Electric Diner and take the weight off those feet. Always massively popular during Carnival weekend, Electric Diner has been a stalwart of Portobello Road for many years, serving classic American style food and great cocktails.

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