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Notting Hill Carnival.

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The Notting Hill Carnival is an annual Caribbean carnival event that has taken place in London since 1966 on the streets of the Notting Hill area (map) of Kensington, each August over two days (the August bank holiday Monday and the preceding Sunday).

Notting Hill is one of London’s most desirable and Instagrammable areas, with iconic pastel-coloured houses and a thriving market.

It is led by members of the British West Indian community, and attracts around two and a half million people annually, making it one of the world’s largest street festivals, and a significant event in Black British culture. The Carnival further diversified in 1984 with the appearance of the London School of Samba.

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The carnival usually takes place on the streets of London W10 and W11, around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road.

The Notting Hill Carnival route usually remains the same every year and can be found on the official app, which features a Notting Hill Carnival map.

Make sure to get to Notting Hill early to grab a good spot. The underground stations and entrances get very busy later on. The best views are actually near the judges’ platform. The parade route starts on Great Western Road and finishes on Ladbroke Grove.

If you’re planning to visit the festival, allow extra time for your journey as a number of local Tube stations close or are subject to disruption. Extra buses are normally put on during the carnival weekend, but these are diverted away from the carnival route.

+ GUIDE TO NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

The carnival weekend takes place over two days. There is a UK National Panorama Steelband Competition on Saturday evening but the Carribean carnival officially starts on Sunday.

Bank Holiday Monday will close out the event with a spectacular grand finale made up of street performances, dancers, live music and the Notting Hill Grand Finale Parade.

During the 2018 event, due to the rising levels of in violent crime in London, police deployed metal detectors to prevent weapons being brought to the event. During the event, 30 police officers were injured in the line of duty, 36 weapons were confiscated and 373 arrests were made by the Metropolitan Police Service.

Since 1987 there have been five deaths caused by violence at Notting Hill Carnival.

 

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#2 Visit Edinburgh

Our article about the city of Edinburgh. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities. Public transport.

#3 Fringe Festival

The Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, which in 2018 spanned 25 days and featured more than 55,000 performances.

Public transport.

Guide to traveling to and getting around in Great Britain.

TRANSPORT FOR LONDON – is a government organisation responsible for all public transport. Their website contains maps plus an excellent journey planner. The Underground is the oldest underground railway network in the world. (+ Connections map)

Also сheck оut мore info: Getting around (visitlondon.com) • Transport (london.gov.uk) • Travel to and around England (visitengland.com)

BUS: National Express. By far the largest domestic coach operator and operates services throughout Great Britain. London’s coach hub is Victoria Coach Station (map), an Art Deco building opened in 1932.

TRAIN: National Rail network, with 70 per cent of rail journeys starting or ending in London. + Train – Planning trip.

AIRPORT: Heathrow Airport, in Hillingdon, was for many years the busiest airport in the world for international traffic. Gatwick Airport is second airport, also serving a large spectrum of places world-wide. ⇒ airportguides.co.uk – list of airports.

FERRY: River boat services on the Thames known as Thames Clippers, which offers both commuter and tourist boat services. + River Transport Services.

Bicycles may be taken on car ferries and on Eurotunnel shuttle trains. Eurostar allows folding bikes on all its trains, and offers a more restricted service for other bikes, but has quite strict and specific rules that are worth reading up on before you travel.

London stages Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party.

Steel drum bands and dance troupes followed elaborately decorated floats, as they have done since it first began in the 1960s.…

video source: euronews / youtube.com /

Useful websites.

Links to additional resources with useful information for planning your trip.

VISAS & IMMIGRATION.

Ways to visit the UK. Visit for tourism, business or a short stay (up to 6 months), airport transit visas. + Visa & Entry (visitbritain.com)

Visit London.

Our article about the city of London. Information about the city’s attractions, culture, events, and activities. Public transport.

TRAVELINE.

We can help you making your journey using the most up to date information from around the UK for all transport companies.

London Walks: A website where you can book walking tours in London, led by knowledgeable guides who can show you the city’s hidden gems.

Time Out London: A comprehensive guide to events, attractions, restaurants, and bars in London, as well as reviews and recommendations.

Culture Whisper: A website that covers the best cultural events in London, from art exhibitions to theater productions and concerts.

The London Pass: A website where you can buy a pass that gives you access to over 80 attractions in London, as well as discounts and special offers.

OpenTable: A website where you can book restaurants in London, read reviews, and find special offers.

NationalTrust.org.uk: The National Trust is a conservation organization that protects historic buildings, gardens, and natural landscapes in the UK. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

EnglishHeritage.org.uk: English Heritage is another conservation organization that protects historic buildings and sites in England. Their website provides information on the organization’s properties and events.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty: England, Wales and Northern Ireland has 46 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, covering 18% of the countryside, over a fifth of the English coast, and including 12,000 miles of footpaths and bridleways.