Europe’s biggest street party fills the streets of west London over August bank holiday
Since Notting Hill Carnival began in the mid-’60s it has grown and morphed into Europe’s largest street festival, attracting ever more revellers than ever. As well as the main parade of floats featuring calypso, mas and pan bands, there are nearly 40 soundsystems for alfresco dancing and countless Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken, fried plantain and goat curry. You can be sure of dense crowds and a vibrant celebration of music, movement and masquerade – and hopefully the weather will be better (last year was a wash-out). The more family-friendly Sunday is the best day to take children to Carnival.
Discover 50 things you didn’t know about Notting Hill Carnival or check out Time Out’s Carnival history.