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, whatever you do, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable information about Notting Hill Carnival. 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 glance at these FAQs below:
Which weekend does Notting Hill Carnival take place?
Carnival traditionally takes place on the bank holiday weekend at the end of August.
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 Notting Hill Gate, Royal Oak and Westbourne Park usually have amended operating times.
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What time does everything kick off?
The Carnival floats and bands set off in the morning on both Sunday and Monday.
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.
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