Twerking, jerky, and endless dancing… just because Notting Hill Carnival is cancelled, doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix of all of these. If you still want to get your hit of Caribbean cuisine and sequins then we know just where to find it. So don your sparkling leotard, start shaking that booty and embrace the full flavour of the carnival at these top destinations around London.
Juici Jerk at Selfridges
After a successful pop-up at Taste of London, award-winning Caribbean kitchen and shop, Juici Jerk has set up a ‘jerk pop-up’ in Selfridges’ foodhall. Sibling duo Troy and Jarrell Johnson are serving up staple Caribbean flavours with a modern and contemporary twist. Expect charcoal-grilled, 24-hour marinated jerk chicken, served with a choice of Caribbean-inspired sides including fried sweet plantain, coleslaw and rice and peas. Complete the meal with a selection of sauces, including rum and honey, jerk BBQ, jerk may or sweet chilli pepper. Wraps, bagels and bowls can be washed down with refreshing, tropical slushies including fruit punch, citrus punch or rum punch.
When: Open seven days a week; 11am – 9pm and 11am – 6pm on Sunday
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Casamigos Tequila x Madera Brunch Series
Californian-Mexican restaurant, Madera at Treehouse London hotel will be running a Carnival-themed brunch as part of their brunch series. And everyone will be drinking George Clooney’s luxury tequila brand Casamigos. Choose from a vibrant selection of cocktails, such as the A La Vida: Casamigos Reposado, carrot juice, lemon, honey and fresh ginger, or the refreshing La Barrio: Casamigos Blanco, watermelon, mango and chilli shrub, lime and agave. For food, try a fajita bowl; taquitos al gusto with organic free-range chicken, jalapeño cabbage, and chipotle crema; or a mushroom and truffle frittata. There will be live entertainment, dancers and DJs for the final touch to a truly hedonistic afternoon.
Price: From £40 pp
When: 28 August
Where: 14-15 Langham Place, W1B 2QS
In the heart of Notting Hill, the home of Notting Hill Carnival, is The Tabernacle. The multi-purpose events venue has become somewhat of an institution and they are hosting Soca Fridays to bring some carnival fun back to the area. The final Friday is this week, so go on down to listen to some DJs do their thing, including DJ Fats, DJ Bostman, DJ Tate and DJ Vern and top up you cup with some rum.
When: Friday 27 August
Where: 34-35 Powis Square, Notting Hill W11 2AY
Prince of Wales
If there’s anywhere you need to be for carnival, that’s at the Prince of Wales in Brixton. They host an event, and this year is no different. Swing by for Carnival vibes with Notting Hill’s largest Carnival band, United Colours of Mas, for an unmissable day party. You can expect to hear the best in soca, dancehall, reggae and carnival anthems. There will be loads of live acts, plenty of Caribbean cuisine, rum cocktails galore and costumed dancers decorated in frills, feathers and glitter.
Price: from £8
Where: 467- 469 Brixton Road, London SW9 8HH
When: Monday 30 August
The official team behind Notting Hill Carnival is super sad not to be hosting it this year, due to Covid, however, they’ll still be celebrating in their own way. They are selling tickets to Panorama 2021 – the UK’s national steel band competition. Come along to see mas bands (including children’s bands), Brazilian bands, and carnival performances. The Duppy Share will be offering up rum cocktails, there will be Djs pumping music and four UK steel bands will be going head to head to win the title of best steel band.
Price: from £15
Where: Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, W10
When: Saturday 28 August 2021, 6pm – 12am
The London Cabaret Club
The London Cabaret Club is hosting a big knees up in honour of Mardi Gras. Expect street party vibes but inside their Bloomsbury Ballroom. Their event ‘Carnival Show’ will feature steel pans, samba, spangled costumes and, most importantly, caipirinhas! Not only that, but there will be live performances from Brazilian Carnival dancers, salsa music mixed with funk, soul and some banging pop hits, as well as a tantalising menu inspired by the Caribbean.
Price: from £50
When: 27 and 28 August
Where: Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, WC1B 4DA
COYA Inca Trail
It’s not just the Caribbean that knows how to throw a good carnival. Ignite your senses with a South American themed brunch, and embark on a journey along the Peruvian Inca Trail.
However, swap backbreaking hiking and jungle creepy crawlies with a four-hour brunch of cocktails and entertainment. Through a rainforest entrance you can journey to a Cusco City-inspired Pisco Bar & Lounge and enjoy a 3-course brunch menu, with Veuve Cliquot champagne and a Latin-inspired soundtrack from the resident DJ.
When: Every Saturday from 12pm
Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Boisdale Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf might not immediately strike you as the home of carnival, however, Boisdale is transforming two floors into a dancing, music and food extravaganza. ‘The Sancho Panza Sound System Carnival Party’ will bring carnival culture to London and they’re encouraging colourful costumes, feathers and plenty of bass. On the second floor will be the Sanch Panza DJs Matt Brown and Jimmy K Tel plus special guests. And on the first floor, there will be DJs Calvin Francis Mistri, Peter Andrew, June Furlong, Gordon Mac and many more. Snack on a Caribbean menu of mouth-watering jerk chicken, pork and irresistible salt-fish fritters as well as the Boisdale classics.
Price: From £15
When: Monday 30 August, from 12-10pm
Where: Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4QT