Notting Hill Carnival 2014

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Maracatudo Mafua at Notting Hill Carnival 2013 (www.facebook.com/maracatudomafua, www.gandaia.org). Photos by YaNaS Media

Overview

The streets of West London come alive every August Bank Holiday weekend as London celebrates Europe's biggest street festival – the Notting Hill Carnival.

With a Caribbean theme that sees West London packed with steel bands, Calypso music and tempting food stalls, the Notting Hill Carnival is a huge party. And everyone is invited!

Expect a sea of colour as amazing floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets of London. Whether you want to join in the fun or simply watch the crowds go by, don't miss the chance to be part of one of London's biggest and best annual events. 

Sunday at The Notting Hill Carnival is Children's Day, with a shorter parade route. It's also the day that the costume prizes are awarded. Bank Holiday Monday sees the main parade. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and people continue the festivities at the many Notting Hill Carnival after-parties.

If you're new to carnival, take a look at our 10 Tips for Notting Hill Carnival to find out how to make the most of your day.

The History of Notting Hill Carnival in London

First held in 1964 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival, the Notting Hill Carnival has remained true to its Caribbean roots, bringing a spirit of diversity to London.

When the Notting Hill Carnival first started, around 500 people attended. Today it attracts hundreds of thousands to London, and continues to grow in popularity. You can expect to see some 50,000 performers and 40 sound systems. Around 2.5 million people attend over the Carnival weekend.

Travel to Notting Hill Carnival

London public transport is the best way to travel to the Notting Hill Carnival. Allow extra time for your journey as a number of local Tube stations are closed. See the Transport for London website for full details.

Practical Information

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