More than one million people are expected to attend this year the Notting Hill Carnival, it is consider one of the biggest European Street Festival. Since 1966 Londoners gather all together for the Notting Hill Carnival each August for 3 days of mayor celebrations (including the bank holiday on Monday). The festival takes place around the main streets of the famous Notting Hill, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The Notting Hill Carnival is an event full of different music styles, colourful and extravagant costumes, rhythm dances, a variety of tasty Caribbean food.
We would like to share some useful tips and information, so that you can enjoy your holidays to the best with your friends and family.
1. About the programme 2014:
The Notting Hill Carnival parade takes place on Sunday 24th and Monday 25th August from 10 am to 8:30 pm.
– Sunday 24th August: ‘Family Day’ includes a beautiful parade with children of all ages dancing along the carnival with beautiful and colourful costumes.
– Monday 25th August: ‘Adults Day‘ is the Grand Finale, including more than 60 bands in magnificent customer dancing over the Caribean rhythms along the streets of Notting Hill.
For information visit the www.thelondonnottinghillcarnival.com
2. Authentic flavours from the Caribbean
Don’t forget that the Notting Hill Carnival is also known for its authentic and delicious food, you will find the best flavours of the Caribbean food. Bring a healthy appetite along to Carnival, as there are patties, curries, jerk chicken and fried plantain from the street stalls to sink your teeth into. The main dishes that you can not miss out:
– Jerk Chicken
– Curried Goat
– Rice and Peas
3. Important traffic information
Many of the main roads/streets and public transport around West London will be very busy during those days.
For this reason, we suggest to all our guests who are staying in our properties around Notting Hill and West London areas to have a look at this useful information while travelling around London.
– There will be extensive road closures in Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park areas. For more information and latest info, please follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter and visit the TFL website here.
– Road closure times:
- Sunday 24 August from 06:00 until around 23:59
- Monday 25 August from 06:00 until around 03:00 on the morning of Tuesday 26 August
– Road closures will be from:
- Harrow Road in the north
- Notthing Hill Gate in the south
- Clarendon Road in the west
- Queensway in the east
Here is the map of the Notting Hill Carnival Route 2014:
4. Music at the Notting Hill Carnival
Music is at the heart of Notting Hill Carnival, with traditional and contemporary sounds filling the air for miles around. Historically steel bands, Soca & Calypso Music have been at the heart of Carnival but in recent years these have been overtaken by the static sound systems playing anything from Reggae to R&B, Funk, House, Dub and much more.
We advise to all our guest to organise and plan your arrival in advance…we hope you will enjoy your holidays with these two unique days of celebration in London!
Don’t hesitate to contact us:
3a Harrington Road,
London, United Kingdom
020 7993 8629