Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. It's also a vital date in any party-lover's diary. But this August bank holiday, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable information about Notting Hill Carnival 2016. Looking for route details and tips on having fun, while staying safe? You've come to the right place. And for all the essential details you need for the big weekend, have a glancse at these FAQs below:
Which weekend does Notting Hill Carnival take place?
Carnival starts on Sunday August 28 (also referred to as 'Children's Day') and continues into Monday August 29.
Where does Notting Hill Carnival take place?
Spread throughout W10 in west London, the Carnival celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
What's the best way to get there?
Take the tube to the outskirts and join the masses in walking towards the parade route. The nearest tube stations without disruptions are Holland Park, High Street Kensington, Queen's Park, Shepherd's Bush, Bayswater and Paddington, while the following have amended operating times:
Notting Hill Gate (exit only from 11am-7pm)
Royal Oak (exit only from 11am-6pm; closed from 6pm on Mon)
Westbourne Park (exit only 11am-6pm)
For more in-depth travel info, read our round-up of everything you need to know about Notting Hill Carnival.
What time does everything kick off?
The Carnival floats and bands set off at 9am on both Sunday and Monday mornings, running roughly until 7pm both days.
What is Notting Hill Carnival?
A celebration of the capital's Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1964, featuring two days of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa. The celebrations also include soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and fried plantain.
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
Notting Hill Carnival features
How to speak like a Carnival pro
Know your wine from your lime, with this handy glossary of Carnival vocab.
50 things you didn't know about Carnival
Here are 50 facts you might not know about Europe's biggest street party
Carnival warm-up and afterparties
Here are the hottest pre-and post-Carnival parties this August bank holiday
Top tips from Carnival experts
Ms Dynamite, Gabriel Heatwave, Treble T, Dominik Prosser, Bernard Jackson and more provide their tips to enjoying Notting Hill Carnival
The history of Carnival in pictures
Notting Hill Carnival officially turns 50 this year. We look back at the long history of London's biggest party
Food stalls at Notting Hill Carnival
While you’re soaking up the Carnival music, costumes, dancing, soundsystems and rum, make sure you don’t skimp on the food
Boiler Room at Carnival
Streaming channel Boiler Room are stepping in to broadcast direct from Carnival soundsystems.
A masquerade troupe behind the scenes
A London dance troupe tell us about their year-long build-up to dancing at Carnival, complete with costumes, songs and sequins
A look at Notting Hill Carnival history
Notting Hill Carnival 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
In pictures: Notting Hill Carnival 2015
Take a look at last year's fabulous parade in all its multicoloured, feathery, sequinned glory
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