The Notting Hill Carnival is No.3 in our list of London's Top 10 annual events
The Notting Hill Carnival is Europe's biggest street festival, with more than a million revellers expected to descend on West London over the August Bank Holiday.
The carnival is a colourful celebration of Caribbean culture with live bands, decorated floats and plenty of food and drink and excitement (and lots of noise!). Extravagantly clothed dancers, steel bands and calypso kings will all add to the colour. It's one of the best annual events in London's calendar.
Sunday is always known as 'Family Day'. If you have young kids then this is probably the one that you want to attend, because the main parade on Bank Holiday Monday will be incredibly busy. The crowd size is incredible. Imagine walking through the biggest crowd possible, and then doubling it. And then doubling it again. That is what it's like at the Notting Hill Carnival.
Due to the huge numbers of people attending, Ladbroke Grove station is usually closed on both days for safety. The other stations nearby may close at short notice, or may only allow you to exit (so you won't be able to enter them to catch a train home). Most of the local roads will be pedestrian only, and buses will not be able to enter the carnival area. Buses usually begin from Notting Hill Gate instead (south of the carnival area), or from the Prince of Wales in Harrow Road (north of the carnival area).
The parade route begins in Great Western Road (at the junction with Elkstone Road), before turning left along Westbourne Park Road and then south down Chepstow Road. It will then turn right along Westbourne Grove, and north up Ladbroke Grove. The route will then continue north all the way up to the junction with Kensal Road.
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