Nothing could bring Brazil to Central London better than Guanabara. It’s a non-stop Carnival atmosphere all year round! They offer sharing platters and tapas-like items on their food menu with an affordable variety of cocktails including my favourite – caipirinha!
The main area is shaped like a circle. There is a small stage on the north side of the bar/restaurant. This, along with a wooden floor, is used for dance, music and capoeira performances. The tables and benches are positioned around this central area where groups and even strangers can share and enjoy the party atmosphere.
I soon learned that you can learn samba, gafieira and forró (typical Brazilian dances) on certain days for free. And of course, the Guanabara stage always brings artists with links to Brazil and its music on almost a daily basis.
On the busy days like Thursdays, Fridays and the weekends, it is highly advised that you book a table. See also the website for information about the entry fee.
When you come to Guanabara, be prepared to put your worries aside and move your feet to the sound of the whistles and drums to the wee hours of the morning. Don’t be fooled by its corporate-looking entrance because inside, it’s Carnival time!