London Pass BlogBack to Blog
Notting Hill Carnival celebrates 50 years as top London attraction
Published: Monday 31st of August 2009
Holidaymakers heading to the capital will be able to see one of the top London attractions this weekend (August 30th-31st), when the Notting Hill Carnival returns for its 50th anniversary.
West London will once again be packed with Calypso music, exotic food stalls, stunning floats and flamboyant performers as the famous festival makes its way through Westbourne Grove, Ladbroke Grove and Kensal Road.
The occasion is also one of the most family-friendly London sights, Sunday reserved as children's day, with a shorter parade route and a youngster-focussed athmosphere.
Prior to the main event, those looking for things to do in London will have the chance to extend their festival experience by watching the National Panorama Championship, which will be held near Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park on August 29th, and will see ten of the UK's top steel bands compete for the title National Champions of Steel.
The first Notting Hill Carnival was held indoors in St Pancras Town Hall in 1959 and was created as a response to souring race relations which culminated in the Notting Hill Race Riots of 1958.
Get free entry to over 55 top London attractions with a London Pass.
Written by Gary Poole
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 20th of December 2012 Things to do in London don't get much tastier than visiting some of the capital's greatest...
Wednesday 19th of December 2012 People who have always had an interest in transport services are well catered to in London
Tuesday 18th of December 2012 The Jewel Tower is a delight for people who are into history or architecture.
Monday 17th of December 2012 People looking for things to do in London could opt for a trip to Apsley House, at one of the premier addresses in London.
Sunday 16th of December 2012 A Twickenham Rugby Museum & Stadium Tour allows sports fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the sport.
Saturday 15th of December 2012 The Orangery offers visitors an elegant lunch.
Friday 14th of December 2012 People looking for London attractions that will give them a glimpse into the life of Her Majesty should consider a trip to Windsor Castle.
Thursday 13th of December 2012 The Fan Museum is hosting an exhibition to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee year.
Wednesday 12th of December 2012 The Royal Air Force Museum has plenty of highlights for aviation fans.
Tuesday 11th of December 2012 The Courtauld Gallery is one of the best London attractions for art lovers.
Monday 10th of December 2012 Pollock's Toy Museum gives people a glimpse into the lives of the children of yesteryear.