Notting Hill Carnival
The biggest street-party in Europe, Notting Hill Carnival, is back to celebrate London’s amazing cultural diversity, and also its heritage as a boiling-pot for people of all nationalities.
This “must-attend” event is held on the last bank holiday in August (30th-31st August). By the way, the party starts at 11am.
If you’re wondering how to get here, no need, the Carnival’s name tells you all you need to know (it’s held in Notting Hill, West London). The nearest Tube Station is also easy to guess…it’s Notting Hill Gate. Although, you can also get off at Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove.
Of course, the main attraction aren’t the tube stations, oh no, you should really go and enjoy a good, healthy serving of carnivale, calypso and Caribbean cuisine (we’re talking jerk chicken, fried plantain and some serious goat curry, here). The atmosphere is supplied by an impressive main parade, featuring a long line incredible floats. But if that’s not enough, almost 40 different soundsystems will bring the beats, for those of you who love a little impromptu dancing.
But wait…there’s more! There’s no entry fee, so the only money you spend will be on buying food and drinks (please drink responsibly!) and of course on those new dancing shoes you should get the day before…
It's an open air event, so if you want to smoke, you can do so unless asked otherwise.
Lastly, we've found a few nearby Spots, should you need a rest from the revelry
The Elgin - a modern, bohemian atmosphere, with a fine selection of drinks on tap
Ground Floor Bar - Stylish, contemporary and close to the Carnival action
Portobello Star - If you love gin, we need say no more