Notting Hill Carnival was First held in 1964 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival. Tthe Notting Hill Carnival has remained true to its Caribbean roots, bringing a spirit of diversity to London. When the Notting Hill Carnival first started around 500 people attended. Today it attracts hundreds of thousands to London, and continues to grow in popularity. You can expect to see some 50,000 performers and 40 sound systems. Around 2.5 million people attend over the Carnival weekend.
The Notting Hill Carnival usually gets under way on the Saturday with a steel band competition. Sunday is Children's Day, with a shorter parade route. It's also the day that the costume prizes are awarded.
The Bank Holiday Monday sees the main parade. In the evening, the floats leave the streets in procession and people continue the festivities at the many Notting Hill Carnival after-parties.
To get there from the Americana; take the Hamersmith & City line from Bakers Street (platform 6) and get off at any of the stations between Royal Oak and Latimer Road - then follow the noise!