Notting Hill Carnival 2014

Who says you have to be in Rio to carnival in style? Happening every year since 1964, Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most anticipated events of west London (we have a lot).

The festival has long been a way for Afro-Caribbean communities to celebrate their own cultures and traditions with the two day bank holiday display of food, music, arts and culture! The  noisy buzz of London red buses will be replaced by live music that can be heard for miles around when the two day celebration kicks off on August 24th.


The roots of the Notting Hill Carnival stem from the Caribbean carnivals of the early 19th century which celebrated the abolition of slavery and the slave trade. When the bands originally paraded through the streets of Notting Hill, they drew black residents out on to the streets, reminding them of the Caribbean homes they had left behind.

The Carnival Bands will take to the roads from around 9am on Sunday 24th August 2014 and the same time on Monday 25th of August. 2014 The Carnival parade should complete its procession by 7pm .

Our Astor Queensway team will be heading to the festival both days to enjoy the special recipe jerk chicken and dance with the parade to the music! The event easily reachable from all our four Astor Hostels. The party will officially continue in East London with a special after party hosted at Village Underground! 

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