To celebrate the beautiful Caribbean communities of London, every year a vibrant carnival takes place bringing everyone together for a dance, live music, and a taste of the tropics. The Notting Hill Carnival has been an annual event since 1966 and continues to thrive each year. Last year the carnival saw over 1 million visitors sprawling the streets of London, making it the biggest street party in the UK.
The carnival travels around the area of west London with florescent dancers, masquerades, live music, and artistic floats. Exotic aromas waft through the air from the Caribbean street-food stalls with an array of spreads to tease the taste buds. The carnival officially starts on a Saturday evening where a tropical steel band music competition will take place. Sunday is known as children’s day, although children are welcome throughout the festival, Sunday is particularly catered for children’s entertainment.
‘Exotic food, non-stop dancing, and a celebration of culture’
During the day there will be family entertainment to get everybody involved, young and very sparkly performers showcasing their talents through the parade, and even more live music and zingy Caribbean food. The festival comes to a close on Monday but not without a lively and very colourful finale. There will more exotic treats, hundreds more performers, and a final round of fantastic steel drum bands. The carnival will see around 50,000 performers and will have 38 static sound systems, The Notting Hill Carnival is a beautifully lively family event.
The carnival travels through the streets of W10 and W11 consisting of Notting Hill, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove, and Kensal Road. As the parades travel through the streets there will be a lot of road closures both during the carnival and the run-up to it. The easiest form of transportation will be public transport, there will be additional buses available throughout the duration of the carnival with several tube stations within walking distance although the timetables may be slightly disrupted. Exact travel schedules will be announced closer to the time.
Entrance for the Notting Hill Carnival is free for everyone. The carnival starts on Saturday the 24th of August from 9am to 10 pm. Running all day on Sunday the 25th of August and finishing with the grand finale on Monday the 26th of August.
The UK’s capital has plenty to offer in the way of accommodation. From 5-star hotels and travel lodges to budget B&Bs, you will surely find something suitable. There are several areas that make up London some being more expensive than others, but during any large festival, prices may increase.
For cheaper options, London is full of hostels and self-catered apartments in the city centre and on the outskirts. The city itself is efficiently accessible and you are never far from a tube station.
London sees millions of tourists each year and is very well prepared for it. The capital has a sea of museums and tourist attractions from Buckingham Palace to the national history museum, there’s never a dull moment in London. Head to Canary Wharf for a 5-star meal by the river or to Piccadilly Circus for a range of evening entertainment including casinos, bars and nightclubs.
London offers one of the best shopping experiences in the UK with all the high street favourites providing a larger range than any other city. For true tourism mode, ride the London Eye for a stunning view of the river Thames and London from up high or take a sightseeing tour.
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