London Pass BlogBack to Blog
Get your dancing shoes on at Notting Hill Carnival
Published: Monday 19th of August 2013
Once a year, the streets of London come to life with exotic dancing, celebration and the sweet-smelling scent of Jamaican food at one of Europe's largest Caribbean carnivals.
Notting Hill Carnival has become famous over the years for attracting visitors from all over the globe, who come together to see the creative costume displays, talented dancers and rhythmic soca music that has captured the imaginations of Brits for generations.
The history of the event is as rich and varied as the celebration itself. It started in the late 50s in response to the racial tension which existed at the time and has since gone on to become one of the most decorated multicultural festivals in the UK.
This year, it takes place from August 25th - 27th and is set to attract thousands of revellers. There is nothing quite like it in London, and once you've been, you are unlikely to forget the experience.
One of the things that visitors can expect from this celebration is an array of floats, steel bands, sound systems, costumes and non-stop dancing.
Imagine dancing around the streets of London behind a colourful float, or sampling some mouth-watering jerk chicken dishes and dumplings all day long.
Now stop imagining and get yourself down to London for the memorable occasion. Here's a breakdown of the event: first up is the children's day on Sunday 25th. This is the ideal day for families to go together, and is geared especially towards the little ones.
The following days are more suitable for adults, although you can bring the kids along too.
And while you're in London for the carnival, why not pay a visit to some of the other notable attractions in the area?
For example, the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is also in Notting Hill, as is Portobello Road market.
If you are religious or spiritual, you can also visit St John's Church, which often opens its doors to visitors.
Meanwhile, be sure to pack your dancing shoes, and join the fun and festivities at Notting Hill.
Follow The London Pass blog to learn about the latest news with attractions, sights and sightseeing events in the city. As well as useful tips, hints and advice for visitors to the city and how to make the most of your sightseeing time in London. We hope you enjoy…
Thursday 6th of December 2012 The Jewish Museum is currently displaying a particularly moving exhibition of work from Adi Nes.
Wednesday 5th of December 2012 People looking for some refreshment in between London attractions should head straight to Crussh Juice Bars, which have a mouth-watering winter menu on offer.
Friday 30th of November 2012 The Firepower Royal Artillery Museum is a fun and engaging way to learn about weapons used in battle.
Thursday 29th of November 2012 People looking for things to do with their family to get them in the Christmas spirit should make sure to visit Santa at London Zoo.
Thursday 29th of November 2012 There are many different ways to see London attractions.
London attractions: Get behind the scenes of the Rolling Stones' '72 tour at the British Music Experience
Wednesday 28th of November 2012 The Rolling Stones were notorious for their wild parties on tour, and visitors to the British Music Experience can learn more about their backstage antics.
Wednesday 28th of November 2012 The Garden Museum is hosting a winter fair on Sunday December 2nd.
Tuesday 27th of November 2012 Visitors to the Churchill War Rooms will get a glimpse of what it was like to be in charge at the time of WWII.
Monday 26th of November 2012 Indulge in a spot of Christmas shopping at the Cartoon Museum.
Sunday 25th of November 2012 All Hallows by the Tower is one of the most fascinating churches in London thanks to its vast history.
Saturday 24th of November 2012 Hampton Court Palace is home to one of the most famous mazes in the world.