Like all seasons, summers are also celebrated in London with a vibrant and colourful vibe. A great season to visit this iconic city, in summers London offers a range of outdoor and other activities that can be enjoyed by tourists as well as Londoners. The city is full of festivals, carnivals, circus and other fun activities. You will see some celebrations happening throughout central London as well as other parts of the city. There is something to entertain everyone, from kids to adults, youngsters to couples this city has it all. If you are planning to visit during the beautiful summer season, then you can plan your trip in the month of August. In this month, you will experience great weather, longer days and you get to attend Europe’s largest carnival- The Notting Hill Carnival.
This festival is the much-awaited event for Londoners as well as tourists from around the world. Its popularity attracted over 2 million people to this event last year. Capturing the real vibe of a carnival the event is a thrilling experience that celebrates and showcases London’s rich, vivid and multicultural blend of London. A haven for party lovers, this weekend long carnival is a dream come true. The food, the music, the parades will make you swing along in the beautiful streets of Notting Hill.
To be close this happening scene of London, you must yourself a comfortable and luxurious stay at one of the hotels in Central London. During this season you can find many London hotels at special offers. Being central makes it easy for you reach the carnival venue as well other attractions and parts of London. The size and length of this carnival surely leaves one overwhelmed. So, here’s a guide that will help you fully enjoy this carnival without feeling lost.
The Notting Hill carnival 2018
About the carnival:
This carnival is celebrated every year in month of August in the Notting Hill area of London. It primarily celebrates the Caribbean communities, food, music, cultures and traditions of London. This carnival is being celebrated since 1966. This two-day long carnival is a full day celebration. It features around 37 static sound systems, soca floats, steel bands and delicious Caribbean foods like jerk chicken and more. The weather in London is also great at this time to fully enjoy this festival. This festival primarily starts in Notting Hill but spreads throughout West London, covering areas like the Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and the Westbourne Park. It usually takes place on the bank holiday weekend of August, which is mostly the last weekend of the month. To enjoy it all you should book the best hotel rooms in London.
The best way to get here is by public transport on the carnival days. Driving and parking can be tricky as many roads and areas might be closed for the parades. You can get down at the main Notting Hill Gate tube station that is served by the central line. Alternatively, you can also use the Westbourne Park station on Hammersmith Line or the Ladbroke Grove station on Circle Line. From all these stations you can easily walk along the Portobello Road that hosts the main events of the carnival.
Family and Children
If you are planning to attend the carnival with family and kids, then you should go on a Sunday as that is the ‘family day’ of the carnival. It is quieter and better to roam around with children. Its’ advisable to keep you children close to you, as it can get very crowded. Carry water and some nibbles for them as the food queues can get busy and long. Plus, you should plan and reach the venue early to avoid chaos and prime rush hours.