08 Aug The Insider’s Guide to Notting Hill Carnival
It’s almost time to prepare for Notting Hill Carnival! We had a blast at last year’s edition and we expect it to be the same this year! Thanks to our years of experience, we’ve prepared you an insider guide to Notting Hill Carnival to enjoy it to the fullest!
What is Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival is an annual festival that has been going on since 1966. It has become a tradition among people living in Notting Hill area and London. The Carnival is lead by members of the Caribbean population, many of whom have lived in the area since 1950’s. With more than 1.5m attendees annually, it’s one of the biggest carnivals of Europe!
When and where does Notting Hill Carnival take place?
The Carnival takes place in Notting Hill on Sunday 27th and Monday 28th August. It usually takes place the last weekend of August during the bank holiday!
How to get to Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill is (literally) crawling with people during the Carnival. Forget about going there by public transports as Ladbroke Grove Station will be closed to avoid congestion and overcrowding. The easiest solution for you would be to walk if your apartment location is at a 20-30min range from the Carnival. Otherwise, you can take the Central Line but Notting Hill Gate Station will be an exit only station from 11am to 7pm.
What time does everything kick off?
We hope that you are a morning person! The big parade begins at 10am on both Sunday and Monday and finishes at 6.30pm; parade bands have to clear the streets by 8.30pm. Soundsystems play on both Sunday and Monday from 10am to 7pm. Definitely plan on going before the parades begin to secure the best places!
What happens on Sunday?
Sunday is known as the “Children’s day”, a softer version of what’s happening on Monday. Between 6am and 9pm, early visitors to Ladbroke Grove can participate in powder-throwing battle with the Jouvert Procession. From 9am to 7pm you’ll be able to attend the colourful parade for children so don’t leave them at home!
What happens on Monday?
Monday is the big day. You’ll have the chance to see more than 60 bands and 38 sound systems! Check the map at the end of the blogpost for more information. There’s also plenty of other music spots and partying happening in nearby streets, bars, pubs and clubs.
Now you might be wondering how to survive throughout the day? We thought about everything so don’t worry.
Tip from our previous experience
Make sure you have a pre-arranged meeting point in case you lose anyone because with the amount of people at the Carnival, your mobile phone won’t work for calls or texts until at least 9pm. And don’t wear new shoes or high heels unless you want to ruin them. Trainers are highly recommended!
Where can I eat there?
Notting Hill Carnival will give you the opportunity to discover the Caribbean culture through music and dance, but also through food. Be ready for an explosion of flavour, as food will be everywhere! You should definitely try the Jerk chicken because you will love it!
Here is a map to help you find your way to the festival
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