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Three ways to do Notting Hill Carnival

Are you a raver, a chiller or a parent? Pick your vibe for Notting Hill Carnival 2019 and learn the best way to enjoy the event for you

By Leonie Cooper

Europe’s biggest street festival rocks west London again this week. Whether you’re going for the party, the afterparty and the after-afterparty, or you just want to soak up some culture and have a few drinks, here are three short guides to making the most of the event. 

Read Time Out’s full Notting Hill Carnival guide


The parent

Eat Patties, of course. Jamaica’s superior, fiery equivalent to the Cornish pasty is perfect for shoving in the mouth of a whining child.

Pee Try your luck with Westminster Council’s temporary loos, which can be found at 13 different locations. Take our map (p22) with you.

Party There’s always a kid-friendly Disneyland-if-it-was-run-by-The-Clash theme down at ska central, Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues. Bring ear defenders for your little ones as things can get pretty loud.

The raver

Eat Food? Absolute lol. The closest you will come to a square meal is when you suck overproof rum off a stick of sugar cane.

Pee The raver has no time for lengthy loo queues. The raver will pay top dollar (£5) to make use of
a savvy local’s bathroom.

Party The rowdiest of all the soundsystems: Rampage.


The chiller

Eat You’re in no rush, so get yourself a full Caribbean spread – jerk chicken, goat curry, ackee and saltfish and a Guinness punch.

Pee Treat yourself and pop into a pub on the route, which will probably cost you about £2.
Worth it, TBH.

Party Check out the parade at a quiet spot by the canal on Kensal Road away from the soundsystems. Then there’s nothing more laidback than the old-school dub at Aba Shanti-I, which is situated in the less busy outskirts of the main Carnival drag.

Notting Hill Carnival 2013
© David Tett

Notting Hill Carnival information

Plan your day at Carnival now – here's all you need to know about what tube stations are open, family day, first aid and staying safe. Don't go to Carnival without reading our essential info guide. 

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