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 to this Caribbean festival!
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.
Notting Hill Carnival 2016 Dates and Times
Full details of the 2016 Notting Hill Carnival are yet to be confirmed. Check back nearer the time to find out more about the main parade and Family Day, as well as other fun events and activities.
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.
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 may be closed or subject to disruption. Extra buses will be put on during the carnival weekend but buses may be diverted away from the carnival area during the festival.
See the Transport for London website for full details nearer the time.
Notting Hill Carnival History
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 the Caribbean festival. Today it attracts hundreds of thousands to London, and continues to grow in popularity. You can expect to see some 50,000 performers more than 30 sound systems. More than 1 million people attend over the carnival weekend.