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5 things to look out for at the Notting Hill Carnival

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25 August 2017 | Location

Colourful costumes, the sound of steel drums and the unmistakeable smell of jerk chicken - it's Notting Hill Carnival Time once again. Here are 5 things to look out for at this year's event.


London Calypso Tent

A popular fixture of the carnival for the past 25 years, the London Calypso Tent features performances from UK calypsonians and international artists.

Taking place on the World Music Stage at the Carnival Village, this is a showcase of storytelling, poetry and political commentary, delivered in the Calypso rhythms of the Caribbean.

Family Day

Sunday is Family Day. Generally quieter and more relaxed than the Monday, this is the perfect time to bring the kids along to savour the unique atmosphere of the carnival.

As well as the children’s groups parade and the variety of tasty Caribbean foods to try, family workshops will be taking place at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance.


Sound systems

Away from the main parade route, these pop-up parties add a completely different dimension to the carnival.

Located down the side streets, you will find 38 official static sound systems blasting out everything from soca, reggae and calypso to dance, house and reggae.

Caribbean street food

Sample the distinctive taste of Caribbean cuisine at one of the many street food stalls which are dotted around the event.

There are several different dishes to try, from jerk chicken, roti and curry goat, to fresh fruits, rum punch and vegetarian patties.


After parties

Continue the festivities well into the small hours with one of the many after parties taking place across the capital.

Venues include the stylish roof terrace at Golden Bee in Shoreditch, the tropical paradise and ice rink at Queens in Notting Hill, and Opal Bar at Embankment.


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