Notting Hill Carnival 2018

Published on: 21/08/18


On the last weekend of August, visitors to London can experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the Carribean at Notting Hill Carnival. You can make the most of the last bank holiday weekend until Christmas and celebrate alongside colourful floats, booming sound systems and tasty street food. Notting Hill Carnival is essentially a huge street party lasting several days; in fact, it’s one of the world’s largest, attracting well over a million people every year.

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Notting Hill Carnival History

The annual festival takes place in Notting Hill in the Royal London borough of Kensington and Chelsea, as it has done since 1959. The carnival has exceeded all expectations with how big it has become and the huge number of people it attracts every year, but it is still completely free to attend.

The carnival events are led and organised by the British West Indian communities that it celebrates and has become a world-famous happening that you have to see to believe!


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Need to know

Expect travel disruption and plan ahead as there will obviously be lots of road closures! Some local tube stations will also be shut, so it’s best to double check the TFL website ahead of time. If you’re planning to spend a whole day at the carnival, you’ll be doing A LOT of walking (or dancing!) so comfy shoes are a must.

Get involved in the Carnival atmosphere and wear your brightest, most colourful clothes and join in the noise with your own whistles. You can get a Notting Hill Carnival map online to print out and take with you to follow the route and avoid getting lost.

It also goes without saying that the sheer number of people on the streets is crazy – Notting Hill Carnival is definitely not for you if you if you don’t like crowds! But if you want to see a truly British spectacle where cultures combine, the street food is amazing and police officers dance along, come along and join in the fun!

We hope that you have enjoyed reading our latest article about the Notting Hill Carnival, which will be on from Sunday the 26th to Monday the 27th of August


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Notting Hill Carnival Dates

The carnival officially starts on Saturday 25th August with Panorama - entertainment on offer includes a steel band competition and dancing and street food at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park from 6pm until 10pm.

Sunday’s activities get going much earlier at 6am, so set your alarms to catch the traditional Caribbean carnival opening called ‘J’Ouvert’, which starts and ends at Canal Way. Sunday 26th August also includes the Children’s Parade from 9am into the evening, with family-friendly activities.

Monday is the famous Grand Finale, when dazzling dancers and performers move through the streets in incredible costumes, accompanied by traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba, and zouk music. You’ll see the floats with huge sound systems moving along the route, as well as stages in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance park and Powis Square.


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