Have you ever heard of the Notting Hill Carnival?
It is the second-largest street carnival in the world after Rio de Janeiro, where many people from different countries and cultures come together all at the same time every year on the streets of Notting Hill area in Kensington, to celebrate the culture and traditions of London’s Carribean communities.
Despite the name, Notting Hill Carnival is not part of the global carnival season, but it is a significant event in Black British culture and is led by members of the British West Indies community and it attracts around one million people annually.
The roots of the Notting Hill Carnival go back to the mid-1960s when the first Carribean Carnival organized by the Trinidad-born journalist and activist Claudia Jones was held in St. Pancras Town Hall as a response to the problematic state of race relations at the time.
Todays Notting Hill Carnival is a vivid and thrilling spectacle where traditional carnival elements are blended with Jamaican-style sound systems, soca floats, and fantastic live music, including reggae, dub and salsa. And not to forget the great variety of delicious Carribean food which is definitely worth trying.
So if you are planning to see the Notting Hill Carnival, make sure you are wearing comfortable closed-toe flat shoes and don’t forget to take a bottle of water with you to always stay hydrated.
To make the best out of your experience, you could wear your most colourful clothes and take accessories, including flags, whistles and hats so you can also be a part of the celebrations.
When is Notting Hill Carnival 2019?
25 – 26 August 2019 from 10:30 am
Where is Notting Hill Carnival 2019?
Notting Hill area in Kensington
How to get to Notting Hill Carnival 2019?
Nearest Tube stations:
High Street Kensington, Ladbroke Grove (closed!),
Notting Hill Gate (exit only), Westbourne Park (exit only)
Overground: Kensal Rise, Shepard’s Bush
Buses: Notting Hill Gate and The Prince of Wales on Harrow Road