Although not a pre-lenten carnival, Notting Hill stakes its claim as Europe's largest street festival, bringing Caribbean culture to the streets of West London. Unlike pre-Lenten Carnivals that take place in the winter, this one has nothing to do with the Christian calendar and is instead held at the end of August. Inspired by Trinidad’s Carnival, plus the traditions of London’s West Indian community, partygoers take to the streets for dancing and parading to the sounds of bass-heavy sound systems, DJ sets, and steel drums. Each year, around 2 million people attend this marvelous, multicultural celebration.
When does the Notting Hill Carnival take place? The last Monday and preceding Sunday each year in August.
Insider tip: While you’re in the neighborhood, explore picturesque Notting Hill and get acquainted with its musical and film legends on a walking tour.
This piece was originally published in January 2022 and has been recently updated by Luke Spacey.