Come to the Carnival!
Published 12/08/2016, by Pinar
Find your feathers and sort out your sequins - it’s Notting Hill Carnival time. Europe’s biggest street party returns on Sunday 28 August and Monday 29 August.
This huge celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture and community has music at its heart. Steel bands, soca, calypso, reggae, funk, R&B and dub will fill the air as floats, drummers, steel bands and thousands of dazzling dancers parade through the streets of W10.
There are also stages with live music performances and about 40 static sound systems blasting out everything from Latin Jazz to drum n’ bass.
The Sunday is ‘Children’s Day’ which is seen as a more chilled-out day before the main party and parade on the Monday.
On Monday the parade will start at about 9am and move very slowly around the route from Great Western Road along Westbourne Grove and ending in Ladbroke Grove. Click here to see the main Notting Hill Carnival route.
All music ends at 7pm but there are Carnival after-parties in pubs and clubs all over the city.
There’ll be plenty of jerk chicken, goat curry and fried plantain being served with many partygoers washing it all down with cans of Red Stripe or rum punch.
The Carnival is an amazing feast of sights, sounds, smells and sequins and attracts about 2 million people each year who come to enjoy the party - making it the second biggest carnival in the world after the Rio Carnival.
However in places it can get very crowded so be prepared. Click here for further details on timings and travelling to the Notting Hill Carnival ).
Beyond the Carnival with 2FOR1
If you’re travelling into west London by train and staying a few days for Carnival we’ve some interesting offers on other local attractions.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Around the corner from Notting Hill’s Portobello Road Market is this treasure trove of vintage design. There are more than 12,000 items from Britain’s purchasing past that will fascinate you and warm your heart - either through the charming retro styles or by evoking personal childhood memories.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is one of the world's greatest museums of art and design. The beautiful building contains 3000 years' worth of rich artefacts including fashion, jewellery, glass, ceramics, photographs, sculpture, textiles and metalwork. The museum is free but we have 2FOR1 offers on entry to the V&A’s special exhibitions including Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design and Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear.