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Notting Hill Carnival


Join the Carnival! Read about the history of this most dynamic of all London's festivals here

Notting Hill Carnival: the Basics

If you’re in London over the August Bank Holiday weekend, and are looking for some serious entertainment, there is really only one destination – W11. The annual carnival that takes place over three days in the streets of Notting Hill has at its heart a celebration of all aspects of Caribbean culture, but it reaches out through themes such as Unity and Diversity to all communities.

Notting Hill Carnival: the Basics
History of the Notting Hill Carnival

History of the Notting Hill Carnival

The largest street carnival in Europe originated in 1964 as a means for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W11, it is a dazzling display of both social solidarity and artistic expression (not forgetting some stunning costumes).