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Notting Hill Carnival warm-up and afterparties

Here are the hottest pre-and post-Carnival parties this August bank holiday

© David Tett

Who cares that summer’s nearly over when there’s still the Notting Hill Carnival to look forward to? Carnival 2016 takes place on Sunday August 28 and Monday August 29 2016, and its exotic outfits, banging music and strong Caribbean liquor make for a perfect party combination. For the full Carnival experience, check the warm-up events and afterparties that we’ve mapped out below, and if you're heading to the main procession, remember to consult our parade route map beforehand.

RECOMMENDED: Read the full Notting Hill Carnival guide

Carnival warm-up parties: Fri August 26

Carnival Friday

DJ Private Ryan is a Fete stalwart, spreading infectious soca rhythms at the Jamaica, Trinidad, Miami and DC Carnivals. He headlines this launch party for Notting Hill that promises four different rooms for some scandalous dance moves with an outdoor food arena.

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The Coronet , Elephant and Castle Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Cirque Du Soul Carnival Special

What will this good-time funk soul troupe do to the Troxy? Expect fantastic backdrops. resident DJS, barely-there costumes, balloons, burlesque, bass, possibly some fire breathing and a really friendly crowd out to dance. And a dazzling headline spot for afrojazz band Goldfish who play more instruments the harder you dance so douse yourself in glitter and pack dancing shoes.

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Troxy , Ratcliff Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Gin and Juice Carnival Special

Critics' choice

Bass-loving party crew Gin and Juice are running two Carnival warm ups, one East, one South. This roof party is going to be hectic: G&J all-stars will be behind the decks with selectors playing dancehall, bashment, soca, reggae from the Carnival room. Regulars will be pleased to see the return of the slinky disco boudoir, terrace cocktail bar and, yes, the hot tub.

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Clapham Grand , Clapham Junction Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Groove Control Camden Carnival

Those stalwarts of the UKG scene Artful Dodger, Oxide & Neutrino and Larry Sun have been busy all year thanks to the garage revival. If you've missed them or just need your regular fix catch this mighty lineup - with more names to be added - come together for a pre-carnival reunion at Proud Camden. The Shere Khan Sound will be on hand with blissed out reggae sounds to remind us all that it's Carnival weekend.

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Proud Camden , Primrose Hill Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Carnival warm-up parties: Sat August 27

Carnival in D Garden

Warm up for Carnival with this day party spanning the entire Egg London complex including the garden. A busy line-up of Sun Bailante DJs will play jump up dancehall, reggae and zouk with special guest Trinidadian DJ Stephen, fresh from touring with Lyrikal. Plus the bonus of a Caribbean BBQ to get everyone ready for the long party weekend.

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Egg London , Lower Holloway Saturday August 27 2016

Carnival Showdown

Regular hip hop night Gin & Juice are throwing two massive Carnival warm up parties, this East London alldayer brings that heady mix of DJs, carnival dancers, drum bands, b-boy battles, live graffiti and carribean BBQ, and packs it all into the majestic settings of St John at Hackney Church.

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St John-at-Hackney Church , Hackney Saturday August 27 2016

Groove Control Brixton Carnival Special

This popular Carnival warm up returns with 13 hours of prime garage allstars. Alternate between Larry Sun, Ramsay and Joe Coulson playing the rooftop and nearby Lion Vibes record shop's takeover of The Hotel Room. Headliners (rumoured to be Royal-T, tq d and Flava D playing B2B) and full lineup to be confirmed on July 18. Bound to sell out.

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Prince of Wales , Brixton Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Good Times Goes East

It felt like the end of an era when the Good Times Sound System was forced to leave its legendary spot at Notting Hill Carnival last year due to redevelopment. After 32 years of bringing the party to the corner of West Row and Southern Row, founder and master of funk and soul Norman Jay MBE moved east. The irrepressible Good Times vibe is arriving at Oval Space to show eastenders how it’s done, Carnival-style. 

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Oval Space , Bethnal Green Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Pioneer Plays (The Masquerade Summer Party)

Join Kiss FM's long-running DJ Pioneer for a bank holiday special that includes a five-hour journey of underground house from vocal to deep with special guest tech house duo Clouded Judgement. A line-up made all the sweeter with an hour of UKG from garage legend MC Kie.

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Circuit , Romford Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Pre-Carnival Street Party

Why twiddle your thumbs at home waiting for Carnival when you can catch an extra day of live performances. street food and good vibes at the official pre-carnival street party in Tottenham Hale? Capital XTRA's Ras Kwame will play the freshest dancehall and tropical bass alongside West London MC Scrufizzer. For tickets email neil@munchstreetfood.com 

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Styx Bar , Tottenham Hale Saturday August 27 2016 - Sunday August 28 2016

Carnival afterparties: Sun August 28

Cirque Du Soul Carnival Special

What will this good-time funk soul troupe do to the Troxy? Expect fantastic backdrops. barely-there costumes, balloons, burlesque, bass and a really friendly crowd out to dance. Specific details for this Carnival special are being kept under wraps but it’s sure to dazzle.

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Troxy , Ratcliff Friday August 26 2016 - Saturday August 27 2016

Defined. Summer Closing Party

Wait…does this mean summer is over? Before that thought really sinks in get down to Cargo for a massive terrace party in the day that then opens up into the main arch for a straight club night. Alongside Cargo and Defined. resident DJs there’s promise of a special headliner.

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Cargo , Shoreditch Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

Entity with Deep End Soundsystem

If you like your house deep and dubby then this two-day Carnival rave is the one. Dan Lively, Eddie Abbott and Samuel Bellis of Deep End Soundsystem will headline with a strong lineup from Entity label. The venue is still to be announced so head to Entity’s facebook page for latest updates.

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Secret London location , London Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

Hip Hop Karaoke Carnival Special

Fancy showing off your flow on the Jazz Café stage? Hip Hop Karaoke returns to London between touring the summer festivals for a Carnival special where everyone can choose from over 200 songs and live out their deepest hip hop fantasies. The after party is in the safe hands of Southern Hospitality DJ Rob Pursey who will hopefully dig deep into his bag of classic 12” vinyl.

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Jazz Cafe , Camden Town Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

The Hot Carnival Party: Glow Edition

This Carnival party has sold out for the past four years with it’s focus on bringing Caribbean DJs to spin authentic soca tunes to a hyped up – and scantily clad – crowd. The theme this year is ‘Glow’ as one room will be devoted to both electric dancehall tunes and glowing in the dark so turn up dressed in white to make sure you can’t be missed. Alternatively there’s the chance to win £100 of bubbly for the best outfit representing a country. Special guests are Jamaican singer Nyanda, Trinidad and Tobagan DJ Private Ryan and French DJ Jairo.

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O2 Academy Islington , Angel Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

The Jamm Carnival Clash

Critics' choice

Thankfully it's only a short stagger and wine from Carnival to this joyous afterparty. The raucous Gold Teeth DJs take control supported by All $tar$ and the About to Blow team to ensure a steady run of dancefloor-filling garage, grime, bashment, dancehall, hip hop and reggae party starters. A convincing incentive to keep going til dawn.

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Brixton Jamm , Stockwell Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

Mulletover and The Date’s Outdoor Carnival Party

Mulletover is back! After a two-year break the legendary rave is returning to it’s smaller warehouse beginnings and have teamed up with The Date for an outdoor Carnival party that takes full advantage of zero noise restrictions. It’s also a great chance to catch Geddes playing a private courtyard with Luke Solomon and Jonny Rock going b2b.

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Slush Brothers , Kensal Rise Sunday August 28 2016

Southbound Carnival Party

Southbound's ironic council-style branding and communiques seem all the more incongruous for a Carnival party, where are the feathers? The shiny bare skin? But what's stripped back and reserved on the poster will be raucous, colourful and energetic IRL. Mike Skinner is headlining so expect some old school garage and hip hop with support from Manchester's Madam X (Rinse, NTS), Siobhan Bell, JD Reid and Twin Peaks.

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Paradise by Way of Kensal Green , Kensal Rise Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty

As soon as the Carnival soundsystems shut down the fun-loving Stevie Wonderland crew step up with their glittery, tropical mashup of house and disco for an epic afterparty. The lineup is yet to be announced but previous years have seen Charlie Bones (NTS), Budgie (Livin' Proof) and Spencer (co-founder of Numbers).

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The Good Ship , Kilburn Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

Up On The Roof Summer Party

This day into night party is on a mission to fill all areas of The Prince of Wales with rare grooves and soulful house and with The Reflex and legendary house DJ Tony Humphries on the lineup you’re basically looking at a guaranteed smile. The added bonus is 6-time world snooker champ Steve Davis-turned-techno DJ who will be doing trickshots on the terrace pool table.

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Prince of Wales , Brixton Sunday August 28 2016 - Monday August 29 2016

Carnival afterparties: Mon August 29

Spilt Milk Notting Hill Carnival Party

You can get a great view of the Notting Hill Carnival from the club room windows of Portobello House making it the ideal space for Spilt Milk’s first foray into West London. This roaming daytime party is bringing a 12-hour house and techno marathon to the bank holiday with Mr C (founder of Superfreq) headlining and a number of the label’s regulars on the decks. Get hectic as a million people literally flood past the window.

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Portobello House , Westbourne Monday August 29 2016 - Tuesday August 30 2016

Glamorous Afterparty Bank Holiday Special

This regular Monday morning party is typically reserved for the most hardy and determined clubber but will probably pick up some new members at this bank holiday special. Regular DJs Kaos Kid and Tiny Tarwe will be joined by guests for deep tech sets.

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Union , Vauxhall Monday August 29 2016