Taking place traditionally over the final bank holiday in August, Notting Hill Carnival is one of the UK’s largest annual celebrations to fill the streets of London. Each year, close to one million people travel far and wide to attend the carnival and celebrate all things Caribbean.
The carnival celebrations start at Great Western Road, before reaching Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park and areas of West London. To get your feet moving, the carnival features static sound systems and steel bands play reggae music, dub and salsa. If the dancing isn’t enough, the show stopping outfits fill the streets with vibrant colours and delicious street food to tuck into along the parade.
It’ll be busy at the tube stations, so it might be a good idea to head to those a bit further away from the parade such as Paddington. Once you arrive at the parade, there are plenty of local pubs to visit in the area such as The Cow, The Prince Bonaparte and The Mitre. Head over to Whole Foods in High Street Kensington over the bank holiday weekend, to pick up our refreshing popsicles and NEW sorbet tubs to cool you down at carnival. They are also 20% off so even more reason to pop along!
This festivities are absolutely FREE to attend, so put on your dancing shoes and enjoy all that Carnival has to offer. The fun doesn’t stop there, if you can’t get enough of this Caribbean extravaganza, head to Aquum in Clapham or Ministry of Sound in Elephant & Castle and many more venues to continue the party into the night.