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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Countdown to Notting Hill Carnival

22nd August 2012

With less than a week to go until the start of the Notting Hill Carnival, partygoers are getting ready for the big event.

First held in 1966, the Notting Hill Carnival takes place each August bank holiday weekend and is a great event for visitors enjoying London getaways.

More than 40,000 people work behind the scenes to present a 20-mile procession to crowds of over one million.

The event has certainly developed since its initial roots in 1966, when it was focused on bringing together the West Indian community of Notting Hill and is now a must on the London events calendar.

For those wanting to see the main carnival procession then Monday is the best day to head to Notting Hill. The floats will travel from Great Western Road, along Chepstow Road and Westbourne Grove before arriving in Ladbroke Grove at around 7pm.

In addition to the spectacular carnival, visitors can also enjoy the wide range of Caribbean food and drink that is on sale and one of the most popular stalls is the famous Mama's Jerk Station located between Portobello Road and Oxford Gardens.

For those that want to party into the night, the Evening Standard recommends the Paradise afterparty. Taking place at one of West London's top venues, the Paradise by Way of Kensal Green presents a number of acts including Ninja Tine, Coldcut and 2 Bears. Entry to the afterparty on Sunday August 26th costs £15 and the music continues until 3am.

Public transport is the best way to travel to the event as there are a number of road closures in place during the whole of the bank holiday weekend and there will be extra bus services running to cope with the excess demand from carnival-goers.


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