After a two-year hiatus, the Notting Hill Carnival is officially back, although due to the ongoing pandemic, organisers state that the 2021 event will “not be in the streets”. So this year’s event will be Europe’s biggest street party that isn’t actually a street party.
August bank holiday weekend is time for Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street party (when it’s held in the street). It’s a colourful, vibrant celebration of all things multicultural, and especially London’s African-Caribbean communities. Revellers come from all over for the elaborate costumes, community spirit and cultural heritage. And of course, the carnival wouldn’t be complete without Caribbean drinks and eats as well as beats.
We have a handy guide with all you need to know about Notting Hill Carnival, but of course this year will be a bit different.
First published August 2016 by Becky Matthews/Felix Wilson. Updated August 2021