Europe’s biggest street festival, Notting Hill Carnival 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 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 Sun Aug 30-Mon Aug 31 2015
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.
Want more of London's best things to do? Try the capital's top attractions. Or see what else is on with our August events guide.
Notting Hill Carnival music
Notting Hill Carnival soundsystems
Fancy a detour from the kaleidoscopic parade floats and trucks of Europe's biggest street party? Plan your party route with the Time Out Notting Hill Carnival soundsystem A-Z
Carnival after parties
Carnival's exotic outfits, banging music and strong Caribbean liquor are a perfect party combination