EDITED BY JANE MULKERRINS Traflgar Sq beach caption here GettinG thirsty? take a stroll off the Carnival route and into one of these fine boozers, where a slightly more relaxed vibe will be the order of the day. The Windsor Castle (not on map) a short walk from the top of Ladbroke Grove takes you to this handsome old hostelry complete with oak panelling and one of the most secluded beer gardens in London. 114 Campden Hill Road, W8 Skiddaw, (not on map) Cross the harrow road and youre in W9, with relaxed boozers like the atmospheric Victorian skiddaw tempting you to plot up for the night with a pint or two. 46 Chippenham Road, W9 Prince Albert smashinG little place in notting hill Gate, with beer garden. 11 Pembridge Road, W11 Idlewild (not on map) CooL gastropub in leafy maida Vale. only a 20-minute stroll from notting hill, but a million miles away from Carnivals madness. 45 Shirland Road, W9 London Lite Friday, 28 August 2009 19 THREE DAYS OF FREEDOM Club fit for a king Brand-nEW this week is the Kings Cross Social Club (2 Britannia Street, WC1). Formerly a boozer named the Golden Lion, this large, revamped bar is under the guidance of general manager Simon alexander, formerly of Sohos Polka. a soon-to-open upstairs bar will offer cocktails and premium beers only, while the top floor will house a function room. Tabernacle refurb aFtEr a 750,000 makeover, notting Hills famed Tabernacle (Powis Hill, W11) has recently been reopened with several spaces, including a 500-capacity auditorium, dining room and bar. theres a wide range of drinks, including novel cocktails such as the tabernacle Julep and the G&tea Martini, each 7. the official launch party takes place on Monday -- the last day of the notting Hill Carnival. Westburyspruced tHE team at The Westbury (34 Kilburn High Road, NW6) recently decided that, after three successful years, the venue was in need of an overhaul. theyve just unveiled the result, having completely restyled both the main room and the Priory back bar. regular events include the Wednesday quiz hosted by actor Martin Hancock -- formerly Spider from Coronation Street -- and two-for-one cocktails on thursdays. theres a special dJ set from Mystery Jets tonight, followed by Scratch Perverts tomorrow, open until 3am on both nights. DAVID HUDSON CHEPSTOW VILLAS EASTROW BARLBY ROAD ST. CHARLES SQ. CHESTERTON RD BASSETT ROAD ST.MARKS ROAD OXFORD GARDENS CAMBRIDGE GDS. LANCASTER ROAD LANCASTER ROAD COLVILLE M. POWISGS. POWISSQ. POWISSQ. TAVISTOCKROAD BASINGSTREET ST.LUKESROAD ST. 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COLVILLEROAD LEAMINGTONROADVILLAS ALDRIDGEROADVILLAS CAMBRIDGE GARDENS LONDSDALE ROAD ELGIN CRESCENT COLVILLE TERRACE Notting Hill Gate Ladbroke Grove LONDON FOR EUROpES BIGGEST STREET pARTY ThebesTPubs pARADE HOT SpOTS ...wHERE TO ENJOY ALL THE AcTION Gastro goodness: Idlewild, Maida Vale Secluded: The Windsor Castle Teen tale: High School Musical 2 REMEMBER... TOp TIpS For TeenyBoPPerS High School Musical 2 BiG smiles, cheesy songs, fluorescent outfits and bouncy dance routines. no, theres nothing for you here if youre older than about eight. But your kids might never forgive you if you dont take them to see troy and Gabriella fall in love again. Until 5 September, New Wimbledon Theatre, The Broadway, SW19 (0870 060 6646, theambassadors.com), Tue-Sun 7pm, mats Wed & Sat 2pm, 18-33. Tube: Wimbledon For MJ MournerS Club de Fromages Michael Jackson 51st Birthday Tribute don a single white glove and mark the King of Pops 51st birthday by moonwalking to a selection of Jackos hits, and other floor-fillers from the past five decades. Tomorrow, O2 Academy Islington, 16 Parkfield Street, N1 (0870 771 2000, o2academy islington.co.uk), 10.30pm, 10, 8 before midnight, 6 advance. Tube: Angel For DAyTIMe rAverS Secretsundaze EvEn the clash with notting Hill Carnival shouldnt deplete numbers at this ace all-dayer with underground house and techno from Steve Bug, doc Martin, Guillaume and the Coutu dumonts (live) as well as residents Giles Smith and James Priestley. Sun, THAT, 338 Boord Street, Greenwich, SE10 (020 8858 8900, secretsundaze.net), 2pm, 20, 14.50 adv. Tube: North Greenwich For AnIMAl loverS ZSL London Zoo tHE mane attraction at London Zoo this weekend will be two endangered, playful, 10-week-old asian lion cubs larking about with their dad, Lucifer, in the outside enclosure for the first time. Kids should also see animal adventure, the brand-new childrens zoo with Splash Zone, root Zone and tree top play areas to explore. London Zoo, Outer Circle, Regents Park, NW1 (zsl.org), Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun & Mon 10am-7pm, 18.50 adult, 15 3-5 years, free for under-3s. Tube: Camden Town LAUREN pAXMAN Scary: see The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo forCarnival Do bring your own drinks in a bag -- unless you want to spend all afternoon in a red Stripe queue Do arrange a meeting point with your friends before you go and a place to meet at the end, in case you get separated Do bring tissues -- the chemical toilets will undoubtedly be understocked Do smile at policemen DonT go to Ladbroke Grove or notting Hill tube stations -- they will be closed. Check the tfL website for transport tips DonT drive. all the roads in the whole area will be either closed or heaving DonT peak too early. Save some rave for the brilliant after-parties DonT wear heels. this isnt Whisky Mist. Comfy footwear is key Give it some: the 45th Carnival will be the biggest yet 2 3 17 1412 5 6 7 8 4 1 FINISH START 9AM 15 16 17 18 Capital fun: the Trafalgar Square beach For STAyCATIonerS Trafalgar Square Beach KiCK back in a deckchair and absorb the joy of a British summer. Entertainment includes a comedy crash course in table manners from Ursula Barrington Farrington, while nutkhut dance Company brings Bollywood glamour. Until Mon, Trafalgar Square, SW1 (london.gov.uk), noon-7pm, free. Tube: Charing Cross For nerveS oF STeel Frightfest no rooM for the scaredy-cats as the Empire screens terrifying films, from the UK premiere of the Girl With the dragon tattoo, starring noomi rapace (left), to Colin, made on a 45 budget. Until Mon, The Empire Cinema, WC2 (frightfest. co.uk), times vary, 22.50-45 per day, 140 for all five days. Tube: Leicester Sq barFly Whatsnew intown index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html