25th and 26th August, Bank Holiday Weekend
Originally a local event for west London's homesick Caribbean community, Notting Hill Carnival first took place in 1966. Now Europe's biggest street party, Carnival sets the streets of west London on fire every August with a blaze of Caribbean colours, costumes and sounds. Sunday is the more family-friendly day, so if you're looking to let loose - Monday is probably the day for you. With giant sound systems blasting out everything from steel drums and jazz-reggae to dub, house and hip-hop; there's no way you won't be able to dance. The streets get extremely crowded and it can be pretty exhausting, so make sure to pack plenty of water. If you like to party as much as we do however, Carvinal is the event of the summer.