Hill Carnival, Sunday 26th - Monday 27th
visits London and illuminates Notting Hill for a two day extravaganza with this
vibrant, diverse and slightly mental festival! Europe’s biggest street party is
a vivid spectacle of sequin bikinis, feather manes, sumptuous food and
fantastic live music. The buzzing atmosphere is assisted by the huge
soundsystems blasting out a colourful assortment of Caribbean sounds – from
reggae and salsa to dub and grime. Don’t forget to line your stomachs with the
authentic street-food treats such as jerk chicken. Calypso Calypso!
If you want to make the most of Notting Hill afterwards, I suggest a pit-stop to the small but lively Portobello Star for a refreshing ‘Sally Cinamon’ cocktail, or if your hungry after dancing the day away stop off at the E and O Asian restaurant for some impressive Dim Sum.
Street Party @ Shoreditch, Sunday 26th, 12pm- 8pm
The Book Club is bringing back it’s annual street
party. There’s Pimms flowing, balloons, dressing
up, and an eclectic lineup of music and street entertainment.
3) Krankbrother Carnival Loft Party @ Loft Studios, Scrubs Lane, 7pm - 5am
A ten minute walk from the Notting Hill Carnival, this music marathon offers amazing house djs and an American BBQ on the terrace. The ticket is on the pricey side but it wins points for food and convenience, and it could well be the ultimate carnival after party with London’s best warehouse space and Anja Schneider’s deep house sounds.
4) Oscillate Wildly & Louche @ Corsica Studios, Elephant & Castle, Saturday 25th, 10pm-6am
One of my favourite clubs in London, this place has unpretentious vibe, cheap drinks and a fine selection of House djs. Good one if your on a budget!
4) SW4 @Clapham Common, Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th
Head south to the leafy Clapham Common for this wild outdoor weekender festival. Saturday is sold out
but there are 1000 tickets left for Sunday with an lineup including Skrillex,
Seth Troxler and Maya Jane Coles.
event finishes at 10pm so if your still wanting a rave head 5 minutes on the
tube to the Brixton Electric for the after-after party, Southwest More which
goes on til dawn.Guests include Pete Tong and Sasha.
5) Klassaudio Carnaval Warm-up Party @ Fluid Farringdon, Friday 24th, 7pm-4am
Kick-start your weekend for FREE at this unique venue – perfect for pre-drinking cocktails. A sushi bar by day and futuristic, Tokyo-inspired bar by night, the venue offers tabletop arcade games and a Rooftop hangout. Music is spread across two floors, promising us "lashings of latin-infused, sun-drenched dep and tech-house"...intriguing!Happy hour starts at 5-7pm - a Tokyo Ice Tea? Get me two!
Party @ Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Saturday 25th, 8pm-3am
If your looking for an alternative club night, this party
has film screenings (The Prestige = Christian Bale in his glory days) and free
vanilla candy floss for those who brave it in their jim-jams. This fun night
offers music from Funk,
Disco, Soul, Reggae and
yes- garage! I want to go just to try the Peanut Butter and Jelly shake!
7) Secretsundaze Go Bang @ The RoundHouse + Proud Camden, Sunday 26th, 12pm-4am
If your after cutting edge electronic music with a unique venue, this is the one. Head north for an all-day-into-night mini festival that takes place in two locations across the effortlessly cool and eccentric Camden. The party begins at the grandiose Roundhouse then rolls on down the road for an after-after party at the notorious converted stables, Proud Galleries. I have always loved Proud Galleries for its surreal décor and buzzing atmosphere and with the impressive line up and excessive fairy lights, this would be my top choice.
8) Creche - The Summer Big One (Outdoor Day & Indoor Night) @TBA, Sunday 26th, 1pm-4am
For the hardcore this is an all-day-all-night party which holds a superior line up of House and Techno djs such as Julio Bashmore and Alexis Rapheal. The event is brought to you by Creche based in East London, and the venue is yet to be announced...mysterious. This is likely to be a sell out so get your tickets now!
Tickets £25 for day, £15 night only
5) Pre Carnival Brazilian Party @ The Roof Gardens, Saturday 25th, 7pm – 3am
Here you can dance in
the twilight with samba dancers and Brazilian sounds. This is the cultural warm
up party for the Rio shenanigans that lay ahead....a tropical party is held
on the sophisticated and glamorous roof at one of Kensington’s exclusive clubs. Tickets £7
And if you fancy something different......