26th to 28th
Notting Hill Carnival
Not to be confused with Nottingham. This Notting Hill is in London. Remember the film? Nowadays it is considered to be part of Kensington, but it has a completely different flavour (not nearly as rarefied as say, the palace). Every Saturday, hundreds of people gather to wander through an open air market that has everything from fresh vegetables to antiques. And each August, the neighbourhood throws an enormous outdoor festival, the Notting Hill Carnival. Music from the West Indies, drummers and costumed people draw a half a million party animals. Visit their extremely colourful website, you will be able to view the festival via Web Cam, not as good as being there, but we can't have everything, can we?