Notting Hill Carnival

The Notting Hill Carnival is held every August Bank Holiday, and is the largest festival of its kind held in Europe.

The Notting Hill Carnival starts on Sunday and goes right on through until Monday night. The only way to get there is by public transport or on foot. Travel details can be found in any underground station in London.

On Saturday, The Panorama National Champions of Steel competition, a battle of the steelbands, takes place in Hyde Park. This is a competition between steelpan bands.

Carnival parades start on Sunday with Children’s Day, which uses a shorter route tailored to children, families and young people. The current route for the main parade is around 3 miles along Great Western Road, Chepstow Road, Westbourne Grove and Ladbroke Grove. In addition to trucks with Steelpan bands or mobile sound systems, there are costumed masqueraders and around 40 static sound systems spread throughout the area playing a range of music at high volume.