Notting Hill Carnival
The Notting Hill Carnival was first held in 1966 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival, celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions in London.
When the Notting Hill Carnival first started, around 500 people attended the Caribbean festival. The carnival has since become the largest street festival in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands to London, and continues to grow in popularity. Expect to see some 50,000 performers in the parade and more than 30 sound systems, with more than 1 million people attending over the carnival weekend.
Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of West London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.
Watch elaborate floats and colourful costumed performers wind their way through the streets in the carnival parade, dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the tempting food stalls along the route.
London’s biggest street party sprung to life in the late 1960s as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival. Twist your torso to warm calypso, soca, reggae and dub rhythms from the many roadside sound systems and snack on mouth-watering cuisine as you immerse yourself in Caribbean culture in the city streets.
With one sizzling fest after another (including several tempting after parties) to choose from, you’ll want to give yourself plenty of time to take it all in. Find peace and quiet when it’s all over with a moment of solitude in one of these calm retreats in London.
How to get to Notting Hill Carnival?
With many road closures taking place during the festival, London public transport is the best way to travel to the Notting Hill Carnival.
Allow extra time for your journey as a number of local Tube stations will be closed or subject to disruption. Extra buses will be put on during the carnival weekend, but buses will be diverted away from the carnival route.
When is Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival has taken place every year on the last weekend of August including the summer bank holiday (public holiday) Monday.
The carnival usually kicks off on the Saturday evening with the outdoor family event Panorama. The traditional carnival opening Jouvert takes place on the Sunday morning, followed by the Family Day (Sunday Parade) in the afternoon. The Grand Finale (Monday Parade) closes the festival with a huge street party on the Monday.