It’s that time of year once again!
What is the history of Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street festival and a vibrant celebration of Caribbean culture. It began in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their cultures and traditions.
When is it?
If you don’t know already, Carnival takes place on the Sunday and Monday of the last bank holiday in August (27th and 28th). The Saturday you can attend the Panorama event, which is a free open-air party from 6pm to 10pm. It will feature performances by national steel bands and other entertainment.
Sunday is known as ‘family’ day, you are able to take your children to join in with the entertainment, with entertainment running from 9am to 8.30pm. Monday is always much busier and also runs from the same times as Sunday.
Where is it?
Carnival is held in the west London streets of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. I’ll post some deets for you guys on how to travel there below…
What do you do at carnival?
It’s a parade with dancing, colourful costumes, music and floats (vans with entertainers on) and usually each year we have up to over a million people in attendance.
The Grand Finale parade sees more than 60 bands, 38 sound systems and countless dancers on floats travel through the streets. It’s
good great vibes, the point of carnival is to enjoy and embrace different cultures. There are all types of music from the traditional: Reggae, Bashment, Dancehall to Hip Hop, RnB, Trap, Grime, House, Drum and Base, it’s very versatile depending on which road you end up on or float you follow. The food is always the best part, again from the traditional: Caribbean – Curry Goat, Jerk Chicken, Rice & Peas etc to Jollof, Noodles, Samosas, etc.
On your way in at Notting Hill Gate you can also buy things, tbh you can buy things from anywhere in Carnival such as: clothes, whistles, horns, flags, etc.
Why do I go?
For my followers that don’t know, I’m Jamaican, Kittian (St Kitts) and English. I’m very in touch with my roots and have been attending Notting Hill Carnival on and off since around age 7. I love being able to rep my countries, I love the music, I love the food and I love the atmosphere.
Would I recommend going?
I hope to see you all there, here is a little help on how to get there if you live in Ldn:
- Ladbroke Grove: closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
- Latimer Road: closed after 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
- Notting Hill Gate: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the station will be exit-only between 11am and 7pm and the Circle/District lines will not stop
- Westbourne Park: exit-only between 11am – 6pm and closed at 11.30pm on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
From around 5am on Sunday – 5am on Tuesday, buses around the event area will be on diversion or will terminate earlier than usual to avoid the road closures.
During these times, buses will start from the Prince of Wales on Harrow Road to the north of the carnival area. To the south of the carnival area, buses will start from Notting Hill Gate. There will be extra day and night buses serving the Notting Hill Carnival, but buses in west London are expected to be busier than usual, so allow plenty of time for your journey
The nearest London Overground stations are Willesden Junction, Kensal Rise, Queen’s Park and Shepherd’s Bush. All good services will be in operation on all routes.