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Notting Hill Carnival 2015: Tips For Attending

Notting Hill Carnival 2015: Tips For Attending
August 27
09:00 2015


This Caribbean themed festival (29th to the 31st August) is always packed with bright colours and dancing! You can expect steel bands, Calypso music, and mouth-watering food stalls. With more than 50,000 performers and 1 million attendants, this carnival is always extremely popular. And with good reason! The main parade is on the bank holiday Monday, but there is plenty of stuff going on before this event. If you’re hoping to join in with the fun this year, here are a few things to bear in mind.

Notting Hill Carnival

Be Wary Of The Tube

Due to the influx of visitors around this time, some tube stations are shut, but public transport around London is still very active, so try catching a bus to your destination. Most of the tube is still accessible, of course, so you may be fine – just bear this in mind.

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Heels are a pretty bad idea, as you will not just be walking around all day, but you’d be mad not to join in with the dancing too. Wear flats – or whatever feels comfortable to you – and dress for the weather.

Be Prepared

Have a bottle of water to keep hydrated throughout the day, as well as a few packs of tissues, should the toilet roll run out in the public facilities. You may also want a few wet wipes for all that jerk chicken!

Bring The Kids

Although the carnival is always hectic, it’s a great event for the whole family. If you want a bit more of a quieter experience, turn up early on Sunday. This is known as “the family time” during the carnival!

Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill colourful houses in Portobello, West London.

Meet Friends

Due to the sheer number of people who attend, it’s best to meet your friends somewhere outside of the carnival and then travel to the event. Otherwise you might struggle to find them at all!

Take A Map

You can get special maps of the carnival beforehand. This will definitely help you navigate the area, as well as give you a better idea of what you want to visit and when. It’s always worth getting your hands on one before you leave.

Eat The Food

Going to the carnival on an empty stomach is a great idea, so you can make the most of the amazing street food here. Expect tonnes of jerk chicken, fried plantain, and goat curry, as well as veggie-friendly dishes too.

Stay Safe

Notting Hill Carnival is always extremely well-policed, so if you ever find yourself in trouble, report the incident to the professionals. They are always happy to help!

After Party

Not many people are aware of this, but once the carnival has ended, there are plenty of after-parties for revellers who still feel like dancing and celebrating. There are events listings around the site and you can often hear about the best events through the people that you meet at Notting Hill Carnival.

Have you been to the Notting Hill Carnival before? Let us know what your experience was like.

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Ava has written on a variety of topics over the last three years, including travel and days out. She enjoys large glasses of wine and learning Japanese!


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