Food and drink
Tempting aromas of authentic Caribbean cuisine and international dishes spill out from hundreds of street stalls. Barbecued jerk chicken, well seasoned in a spicy marinade, is a carnival favourite, while roti and fried fish, curry goat and rice and peas are perennially popular. Cool off with fresh fruit juices, ice cold beers or refreshing rum punch.
Arrive early to beat the crowds: carnival entertainment begins at 10 a.m. Go with the flow of the crowd, not against it. Carnival routes are well policed and crowd control ensures things run smoothly. If you’re taking the children, keep hold of their hands and avoid the busiest areas.
When: The last Monday in August and the Sunday before it
Where: The streets around Portobello Road in Notting Hill, west London