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Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival
2002's Notting Hill Carnival ©TopFoto.co.uk

Europe’s biggest street festival is one of the high points of the London cultural calendar. Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend, the Notting Hill Carnival is a celebration of Afro-Caribbean experience.

Established in 1964, it represented a way in which settlers who arrived in Britain in the years after the second world war could assert their own cultural identities, in a society that all too often seemed less than welcoming to them.

Today, steel bands, calypso and reggae music, as well as the famous costume parades, are a unique way of reaching out to all cultures. Prepare to be dazzled!