Notting Hill Carnival
If you were wondering what to do for the August Bank Holiday weekend while you’re in London, we may have the answer. Come to West London for the Notting Hill Carnival – a Caribbean themed festival celebrating London’s multicultural past, present and future.
London’s Afro-Caribbean communities have been taking to the streets to celebrate their culture for around 50 years, and this year’s party is sure to be just as spectacular as the last. Live music from reggae to salsa to steel bands will get you up on your feet, or you can chill out and chow down on jerk chicken and fried plantain.
The carnival kicks off at 9am on both Sunday and Monday, with a parade of floats and dancers proceeding from Great Western Road to Chepstow Road, then on to Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove. Time Out has a handy carnival route map so you can see exactly what’s going on and where.
The parade should finish by 7pm, and once the floats have left the area the many after parties begin. Bear in mind that Sunday is children’s day and Monday is adult’s day, so if you’re only attending the carnival for one day you may prefer to choose the latter as Sunday’s floats and other attractions are more geared towards children. You may also want to consider getting there early to avoid crowds.
To get to the carnival from Generator London, you can take the Piccadilly and Central lines from Russell Square to Notting Hill Gate, or take the Circle or Hammersmith & City lines from King’s Cross St. Pancras to Westbourne Park. The journey takes around 30-40 minutes. However, some underground stations will be closed to avoid congestion, so double check your route before you leave and take a look at the travel advice on the Notting Hill Carnival website.