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Notting Hill Carnival 2022 returns for the first time since pandemic began


Notting Hill Carnival 2022 returns for the first time since the pandemic began

For the first time since the pandemic Adults, Day at Notting Hill Carnival returned to the streets of west London. Performers in brightly-coloured costumes have marked the return of the Notting Hill Carnival after a two-year hiatus during the COVID pandemic.

Millions of people attended the festival which lasted until Monday and saw many of those in the parade dress up in brightly-coloured costumes in commemoration of Caribbean heritage.

Dancers, brass bands and floats entertained the large crowds in west London on what is known as ‘family day’. The event lasted until Monday till the bank holiday. The carnival, which celebrates Caribbean culture, has been held online over the past two years due to the COVID pandemic, but now the huge street party is back, with music, dancing, parades, and extravagant outfits.

Its origins date back to the 1950s when Trinidadian human rights activist Claudia Jones began organizing gatherings after racially motivated attacks in the area. To check out historical pictures of the previous Notting Carnivals see our previous post on Notting Hill Carnival Going Digital 2020.

The festival has since become a “part of the very fabric” of London, according to the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.

Notting Hill Carnival 2022 Events 

At 3 pm, a group of people stopped in 72-seconds of silence by the parade marking the 72 lives lost in the Grenfell Tower fire five years ago.

Among the group were the first firefighters to arrive at the scene, alongside survivors and campaigners. Behind a food stand a man selling jerk chicken for a queue summed up how lots of people were feeling and enjoying the festivities. Revellers dressed in colourful costumes descended on the streets of west London for Notting Hill Carnival for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic.

The Metropolitan Police said there had been 76 arrests for “a variety of different offences” by 7 am on Monday. No festivals can go in please and the same was seen on Monday morning. Officers also said a police horse died on duty during the carnival after collapsing around 9 pm on Sunday. The force said it was too early to determine the cause of death and added that there will be an investigation.

Sadiq Khan Please Notting Hill Carnival is Back

London mayor Sadiq Khan said: “As a Londoner, I’m really pleased carnival is back.” London mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Biggest street party in Europe! And the vibes are immaculate.” He said it had “become one of the world’s biggest street festivals and part of the very fabric of this city”. This year’s event comes amid a cost-of-living crisis, which Mr Khan said had affected the carnival. He said the carnival was celebrating Caribbean culture, heritage, and history and there was a “pent-up” demand for festivities this year.

Cost of Living Crisis

The 2022 Notting Hill Carnival is also marked by the cost-of-living crisis, as organisers claim that some people were unable to afford the extravagant costumes which are traditionally seen at the event; while some bands were not able to perform due to the costs involved.

Notting Hill Carnival went Digital for 2020

The 2020 carnival was cancelled because of COVID, although there were live-streamed events, and last year’s carnival did not take place either due to the coronavirus risk. You can check out the Notting Hill carnival digital event of 2020 here.

Check out some pictures taken by various news channels on Notting Hill Carnival 2022

Notting Hill Carnival Going Digital for August 2020 Festival


Notting Hill Carnival Going Digital for August 2020 Festival

Notting Hill Carnival announced that they are going Digital for the coming annual August 2020 calendar festival. This is not a surprise as many festivals are hit by the COVID Pandemic. The street festival in London attracts more than a million visitors every year. The main parade starts on Great Western Road, winding its way along Chepstow Road, then on to Westbourne Grove, and then down Ladbroke Grove. However, all this is set to change this year.

Matthew Phillip, executive director of organisers Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, said the event which will be broadcasted globally over four online channels will offer viewers a peak behind the curtain of Europe’s biggest street party. It will include performances, interviews and cookery shows.

He told the Standard: It was not right to not do anything. We wanted to celebrate the carnival and the people behind it. With it being digital, now it is an around-the-world experience – it is going global.

Notting Hill London Carnival going Digital Aug 2020
Notting Hill London Carnival going Digital Aug 2020

Speaking about the logistics of hosting a digital carnival, Matthew said: Lockdown has meant that we have all fast-forwarded in terms of technology. It is something we should have been embracing before, online and broadcasting. This is a new kind of carnival. It was always going to adapt and we are going to be embracing it. It is an opportunity to open people up to the carnival and give people a peak behind the curtain.

The cancellation of this year’s physical festival marks the first time it is not being staged on the streets of Notting Hill and Kensington since it was launched in 1966.

Notting Hill Carnival over the years – See Pictures below

Digital Notting Hill Carnival Schedule

Viewers tuning in from 6 pm on Saturday, August 29 will be able to experience the performances from steel bands, sound systems, plus calypso and Soca dancers. There will be interviews with the people behind the event, plus food and drink shows.

The content for the digital carnival has been filmed over the past month. The event is being supported by Kensington and Chelsea Council, Westminster Council and the Greater London Authority.

Watch the Digital Notting Hill Carnival 2020 Introduction video


Digital Notting Hill Carnival for 2020 Replaces the Street Festival for one year

The arts, music and food of the Notting Hill Carnival go online

The Carnival experience at home!

Steel Bands, Sound Systems, Mas Bands, Brazilian Bands, Calypso and Soca performances, food and drink shows, interviews and much more!

Carnival Warm-Up

Steelpan Show & Calypso & Groovy Soca

Channel 1: Saturday 29 August 6 pm – Midnight

Carnival Culture

Channel 1: Saturday 29 August 9am – 12pm

Parade Channel

Channel 2: Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August 12pm – 8pm

Sound System Channel

Channel 3: Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August 12pm – 8pm

Main Stage Channel

Channel 4: Sunday 30 & Monday 31 August 8pm – 11pm

For access to the video channels please head over to Lets Go Do and sign up.

Watch at:

Twitter:@NHCarnivalLDN Instagram: @nhcarnivalldn FB: @NHCarnivalLDN

Get The Official Notting Hill Carnival App – Apple & Android

Details on how to register to view the channels and the full lineup can be found at

If you are already in London, check out our London Tours Page to see which tours you can go for during the current COVID-19 Pandemic. Keep looking into our News sections for all the latest.

London Festivals not to miss in September 2019

London Festivals not to miss in Sept 2019

London Festivals not to miss in Sept 2019. Check out the places you can go and enjoy with your family and friends.

London Design Festival September 2019
London Design Festival September 2019

London Design Festival – 19th September – 22nd September 2019

The month of September is filled with some of the real thrilling festive fun. London Design Fair festival is the most celebrated festival in the heart of London in East. The fest is going to kick start from 19th of September to 22nd of September. This four day event brings out the artists and designers to the exposure. The event features more than 500 exhibitors from 36 countries coming together which includes independent designers, exhibitions for them, popular brands and more. 

The event is honoured by the presence of some most distinguished personalities like interior designers, press, design-savvy public, retail buyers and more who attend the event to see the latest furniture, materials, lighting and textiles available in different corners of the world. In the exhibition, everyone is allowed to view the show multiple times but the entry is recommended to be made 45 minutes before the show.

Nova Batida festival - 13th - 15th September 2019
Nova Batida festival – 13th – 15th September 2019

Nova Batida festival – 13th – 15th September 2019

Nova Batida is a three days festival organized in the Underground village in Lisbon. The fest will begin from 13th September to 15th September. These three days events will showcase the amazing blend of music, art and culture. The major highlights of the event will include fitness and well-being programmes, yoga sessions, education talks and much more.

Nova Batida 2019 festival lisbon
Nova Batida 2019 festival lisbon

The lineup for the show includes Friendly Fires, Jon Hopkins, Jungle, Cake takeover, Reason to be cheerful and more.

The major highlight of this event will be Mount Kimbie including other prominent artists George Fitzgerald, DJ Marky and Gillies Peterson.

London bricks festival September 2019

London Brick Festival – 22nd September 2019

Are you a LEGO fan? Then this is the festival for you to explore the world of bricks. London Brick festival brings an even bigger festival this year. Due to last year’s overwhelming interest the Lego festival has moved to London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX, London. The festival starts from 22nd September 2019 from 10 AM to 5 PM. The event is open for all age groups. You will be able to see incredible Lego builds, kid’s activities, build challenges and show LEGO boxed sets, miniatures, mini-figures, loose bricks and accessories to build on your own. You can expect to exhibit awesome builds done by other LEGA fans, and can also show off your designs and LEGO builts. So, what are you waiting for ? Go and book yourself a ticket at the following link:

London festivals June and July 2019


London festivals June and July 2019

London is a hub of dynamic fun, thrill and adventure providing immense pleasure when it comes to festivals. To experience some of the best events this season come out and book yourself a visit to London this June and July. Get engaged and select from a list of London festivals happening in June and July 2019 this season. Here we discuss the top 4 must-see festivals for the month of June and July.

A) Icons Festival – The most ravishing music festival is to showcase back-to-back heart throbbing shows of six top bands of London in a line-up. The event to be held on 27th July at The Thames is going to be a tribute to the music icons of the past 40 years. It is a must-see festival for the month of June and July for all passionate music lovers. This will surely be a soul-satisfying musical treat to yourself as one by one top 6 artists give a breathtaking performance individually. Also available are the stalls of food and drink at the event venue. To know more about the festival click here:

icon festival 2019
Icon Festival 2019

B) Swing with Silver Ghost – Having marked their lively presence at some of the renowned jazz venues and swing dance club nights of London, Silver Ghost is a seven-piece ensemble band. Swing with Silver Ghost is the London festivals in June and July 2019 going to take place on 15th of this June at secret London, The Candlelight Club. Silver Ghost is surely going to stir up the guests and instil them to tap their feet on some of the best gigs from the 1920s and 30s. The swinging will be accompanied with a cocktail, Champagne Charlie and much more. To know more about the Swing with Silver ghost ticket and venue details here:

swing with silver ghost june July 2019
Swing with Silver Ghost June – July 2019

C) Pride in London Parade – The must see festivals for the month of June and July includes a unique festival of Pride in London Parade for holiday planners around the world. The month-long festival begins on 8th June and going to end on 6th of July 2019. The much interesting festival includes the parade throughout the streets of London showcasing LGBT and the community celebrating together. The event gives the opportunity to enjoy the vibrant parade along with lots of dancing and singing. This is amongst the eye-catching events in London festivals June and July 2019.

Pride in London parade 2019
Pride in London parade 2019

D) Greenwich Docklands International Festival – The London festivals in June and July 2019 have immense to offer, explore and experience when it comes to festivals. GDIF is one such event that brings together the outdoor theatre and performances of artists from around the corner of the world. GDIF includes over 130 performances and 15 UK premieres which can be a true worth your visit to this festival. GDIF is also a must-see festival for the month of June and July starting from 21st June to 6th July 2019. To know more about the festival and book your tickets click here:

Greenwich Docklands International Festival 2019
Greenwich Docklands International Festival 2019