Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival 2016 is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. This August bank holiday, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable Notting Hill Carnival information, route details and tips on having fun and staying safe. And for all the key info you need for the big day, take a look below.
When is Notting Hill Carnival?
Carnival takes places on Sunday August 28 until Monday August 29 2016
Where does Notting Hill Carnival take place?
The Carnival celebrations take over the streets of W10, west London. The nearest tube stations are Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove.
What is Notting Hill Carnival?
Since 1964, the capital's Caribbean communities have celebrated their culture and traditions at this two-day festival of fantastic live music, which ranges from reggae to dub to salsa. The celebrations also include soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and fried plantain.
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Notting Hill Carnival 2016 essential info
Download your Carnival map
The procession route, soundsystems, toilets and safe spots – here are your main stopping points at this year's Carnival in one downloadable map
Travel and important information
Whether you're travelling by bus, tube or on foot, get the latest transport, family day and essential Carnival information here
More Notting Hill Carnival
Carnival history from the Time Out archive
Pictures from 1975 - 1990, the Time Out archive has thrown up some fascinating photos and pictures from Notting Hill Carnival.
21 vibrant pictures of Notting Hill Carnival 2015
Notting Hill Carnival's over for another year. The two-day party and its floats, soundsystems, parade and after-parties, lit up the city on Sunday and Monday, despite wet weather. Here are some super snaps of this year's event from our Flickr group.
What we wore to Notting Hill Carnival
How much has fashion changed over the history of Carnival? See archive photos and read memories of Notting Hill Carnival fashion from four generations of carnivalgoers.
This one time at Notting Hill Carnival…
Carival dancers, Shy FX, Toddla T and The Heatwave tell us their favourite Notting Hill Carnival memories
Explore Notting Hill
Notting Hill area guide
Notting Hill is the perfect place to spend a weekend. Whether you're into shopping, eating, film, or plain people watching, Notting Hill is a great place to spend some time
Notting Hill restaurants
Brimming with great cafés and restaurants, Notting Hill will always have the perfect meal to suit both your tastebuds and budget. From simple fish and chips at Geales to modern cuisine at the Notting Hill Brasserie
Notting Hill bars and pubs
With some of the poshest and poorest communities in London, Notting Hill is a melting pot, and this diversity gives it an atmosphere all of its own
Notting Hill shops
Head to the famous Portobello Road Market for everything from antiques and vintage accessories to street food and fresh veg stalls. If the hordes of people put you off the market