Notting Hill Carnival London
2016 August 28th & 29th
Held in August year the Notting Hill Carnival is Europe’s biggest street party and we have the best deals on Hotels near to the event.
The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe and originated in 1964 as a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions. Taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London W11, the Notting Hill Carnival is an amazing array of sounds, colourful sights and social solidarity
At the roots of the Notting Hill Carnival are the Caribbean carnivals of the early 19th century – a particularly strong tradition in Trinidad – which were all about celebrating the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. The very first carnival was an attempt to showcase the steel band musicians who played in the Earls Court of London every Weekend. When the bands paraded through the streets of Notting Hill, they drew black residents out on to the streets, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.
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Getting to Notting Hill Carnival over the Bank Holiday Weekend
Make sure you plan ahead and figure out exactly where you are going before you set off. Carnival gets very busy and it can take some time to get in. There is no parking, as many of the residents have had to move their cars into the neighbouring areas, so it is always best to take public transport.
The Carnival starts at 10am so arrive early and catch the start of the parade, or get to your favourite soundsystem before the crowds arrive.
Ladbroke Grove Station is closed on Carnival Sunday and Monday.
Latimer Road Station on Carnival Sunday and Monday the station will close at 11.30pm.
Notting Hill Gate Station On Carnival Sunday and Monday the station will be exit only between 11am and 7pm. There will be no interchange between the Central and District/Circle lines on either day. On Carnival Monday the Circle and District lines will not stop from 11am to 7.30pm.
Royal Oak Station On Carnival Sunday and Monday the station will be exit only between 11am and 6pm. After 6pm this station will closed and the Hammersmith and City line will not stop.
Westbourne Park Station On Carnival Sunday and Monday the station will be exit only between 11am and 6pm. The station will close at 11.30pm.
Bayswater Station is open on Carnival Sunday and Monday.
Queensway Station is open on Carnival Sunday and Monday.
Other stations nearby Other stations near to the Notting Hill Carnival are High Street Kensington, Holland Park and Queens Park.
There are Bus routes that run close to Carnival including, 7, 18, 23, 27, 28, 31, 36, 52, 70, 94, 148, 228, 295, 316, 328, 390, and 452.
Travelling From Out of London? Paddington station is nearby for those needing a direct rail link, or the Heathrow Express, arriving every 15 minutes from the Airport.
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