NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL
27 & 28 Aug – Notting Hill W10
With an expected two million or so attendees, Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street festival and a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present. It’s also a vital date in any party-lover’s diary. But, whatever you do, don’t go anywhere without reading our guide, which includes invaluable information, tips and travel details about Notting Hill Carnival 2017.
A free celebration of the capital’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1964, featuring two days of fantastic live music ranging from reggae to dub to salsa. This year the celebration includes 37 static sound-systems, soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of jerk chicken and fried plantain.
The parade begins at 9.30am on both Sunday and Monday, judging finishes at 6.30pm; there’s a 7pm sharp noise curfew which gives all the floats, trucks and parade bands time to clear the streets by 8.30pm.
Spread throughout W10 in west London, the celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. The main parade starts on Great Western Road, winding its way along Chepstow Road, then on to Westbourne Grove, and then down Ladbroke Grove.