Why Notting Hill Carnival is a must see this year

Notting Hill Carnival has always been and always will be a community carnival. Each year it gets bigger and better but still, it doesn’t lose it’s sense of community even though it continues to grow year upon year. Every the Notting Hill community and the surrounding areas in London come together to put on arguably one of the best events in the London social calendar.

This year is no exception.

Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s largest free carnival. It features a jaw-dropping parade showcasing London’s varied multicultural heritage with music from some of London’s best masquerade bands, steel bands and samba bands as well as live music stages, over 30 sound systems, children’s activities, and a large choice of delicious food stalls to choose from and satisfy all food tastes.

The carnival this year runs as it has every year over the August bank holiday weekend. Notting Hill Carnival (25th August – 27th August.)  The carnival began in 1966 and is now one of London’s highly anticipated events with over a million people turning out to join in with the carnival.

Starting with the Panorama event on 25th and the main event on Sunday 26th (family day) and Monday 27th August.

The Carnival floats and bands set off at 9 am on both Sunday and Monday mornings, running roughly until 8 pm both days.

The carnival takes over the streets of W11, West London for the weekend. The nearest tube stations are Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park and Ladbroke Grove.

This year the carnival has a brand new website and app which you can download to keep you up to date with all the latest Carnival news and help you plan your trip!

Let us know if you’re going to the Notting Hill Carnival over on @CelebMix!




Written by Kelly McFarland

Likes to post in black and white on Instagram. Avid Tea drinker, preferably Yorkshire Tea or Lipton Iced Tea and lover of Pop Culture. Contact: kelly@celebmix.com