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This London event has been officially named among the best in the UK

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The popular annual event of Notting Hill Carnival has been named among the list of 35 activities. 

The carnival joins the Time Out list that also includes the likes of Glastonbury, visiting the book town of Hay-on-Wye to walking up to Scotland’s great Arthur’s Seat. 

The list was created to help inspire Brits and travelling guests to explore some of the four nations’ most popular and must-visit attractions, as Time Out shares:

“The United Kingdom is a glorious destination, and the four countries that constitute our island nation all bring something to the table. England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are all stunning places to visit in their own right, with fantastic museums and galleries, buzzing music scenes, incredible scenery and intriguing histories.”

Why Notting Hill Carnival is one of the best things to do in the UK

The first Notting Hill Carnival in London took place in 1966 and is said to have been created by Trinidadian human rights activist Claudia Jones whilst social worker and activist Rhaune Leslett organised the event.  

Leslett shared that he wanted to create an outdoor space for children and the local West Indian community to enjoy following the arrival of SS Empire Windrush.

The day saw music as Trinidadian musician Russell Henderson got involved in playing the steel pans which saw people get involved and start dancing.

Over the years, Notting Hill Carnival has grown with an average of two million attending every year.


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It now has stages, a huge colourful parade, sound systems, steel pan competitions, dancing, food and activities for all to enjoy.

Sharing why Notting Hill Carnival was included on the Time Out list, they shared that it transforms the local area ” into one huge, packed, pulsating party.”

Adding that it “features a colourful parade, fantastic live music, thumping sound systems, soca floats, steel bands and a whole lot of delicious Caribbean food.”

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