The biggest street carnival in Europe will be taking West London by storm once again this August bank holiday weekend. Whether you attend Notting Hill Carnival every year or you’re planning your first trip, there are few ways to make your visit to London’s best party a bit easier. With thousands of revellers expected to storm Notting Hill’s streets and loads of stages to choose from, it can be difficult to know how to get the most out of your weekend. We are sharing our expert tips for attending Notting Hill Carnival 2019:
Ditch The Heels
Everyone at Notting Hill Carnival dresses up for the occasion, but it certainly is no place for heels or impractical footwear. You will be on your feet all day and don’t want aching feet to ruin the celebrations. Think comfy, closed toe flats so you can make the most of the festivities without worrying about your feet. Pair them with your most colourful clothes and bright accessories as all the festival-goers will be going all out with their outfits.
Pack The Essentials
Even if you are just attending Notting Hill Carnival for one day, it is essential you are well-prepared. Pack your festival bag full of all the essentials you will need for a stress-free day, including tissues, water, sun cream and waterproofs – just in case!
Get There Early And Pick Your Notting Hill Carnival Spot
For the best carnival experience you need to pick your spot carefully. Try to avoid setting up camp next to a thumping sound system as the celebrations can get pretty loud. If you want a good spot for the parade then arrive early to bag a spot near the front. If you are heading to Notting Hill Carnival on Saturday then you will want to get a space for the parade on Canal Way or Ladbroke Grove.
Plan Your Journey
Getting to Notting Hill Carnival is easy as long as you plan ahead. Don’t drive unless it is absolutely necessary as many of the roads around Notting Hill will be closed for the celebrations. Buses will also be taking diversions and require you to walk some of the way. The easiest way to get to Notting Hill Carnival is by the tube, but remember that stations nearby will be very busy, so if you can go to a slightly further station and walk then that is often easier.
Bring Some Cash
Getting in to Notting Hill Carnival is completely free, but it is always a good idea to bring some cash along with you. The various food and drink stalls might not accept card so making sure you have some cash handy is a guaranteed way to make sure you can enjoy everything. Cash machines in the area will be very busy throughout the weekend, so plan ahead and bring it with you.
Take The Kids
Many people believe that Notting Hill Carnival isn’t a place for children, but Sunday is the festivals family day and is a great day out for everyone. In the morning there will be children’s parade and plenty of family-friendly activities. If it is possible then leave your pram at home as it will be difficult to navigate the crowds, just be prepared to carry your little ones when they get tired out.
Meet Before You Arrive
With thousands of people heading to Notting Hill Carnival over the weekend, finding each other can be a real challenge. It is often easier to meet with your group elsewhere and travel to Notting Hill together, this way you won’t waste any precious party time searching for your friends. Pick a meeting spot just in case you get lost in the celebrations, and keep your mobile with you as it is easy to get swept into the parade.
If you are heading to Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, book in at The Rembrandt for a comfortable base for exploring the festivities. You can party the day away knowing you have a luxurious four star bedroom waiting for you to put your feet up. In the morning, you can prepare for the day ahead with free full English breakfast in Palette Restaurant. Book your stay at least 3 days in advance and save 20%, and you will also receive a free drink as a thank you for booking direct.
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