Get ready for Notting Hill Carnival with our essentials guide



 Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most talked about events of the year in London, famous for being one of the biggest street festivals in the world, celebrating past and present Caribbean culture and traditions. Expect a mixture of music from dub to reggae, parades, dancing and plenty of street food!

If you’re planning to fully embrace Carnival this year, we’ve got all the essentials you’ll need to prepare right here on Oxford Street.


Dress the part

First things first, carnivals (especially Notting Hill) give you the opportunity to be adventurous with your outfit and dress in your wackiest gear. There is zero judgement here. Clash crazy prints without a care in the world and wear your brightest pieces.

Top – Topshop, Shorts – Zara, Hat – Adidas, Boots – Pull & Bear, Sunglasses – Primark


For Hair & Makeup that will last all day

Now you’ve got your outfit sorted, it’s time to head to Blow Ltd in Debenhams to get some stand out makeup done that’ll last you from day to night.  Their festival glitter hair & makeup package is perfect for the carnival and offers everything from cool space buns to face glitter.

If you’ve got your makeup sorted and you’re looking for a unique hair do you can’t quite do yourself without getting your fingers in a twist, why not head to Hershesons braid bar found on the lower ground floor of Topshop. We absolutely love ‘the undercut’ style, but there are plenty to choose from that’ll work with your outfit!


Your trusty side-kick – the accessory 

Whether it’s capturing moments on the day or carrying your beloved belongings through the big crowds,  accessories are key at Notting Hill Carnival. Move over Instagram editing because we’re definitely favouring the Polaroid right now to capture unedited moments. Head to Urban Outfitters to pick up their instax polaroid camera to capture instant memories you can share with your friends.

Urban Outfitters – instax mini 9 polaroid camera

You’ll also be in need of a light-weight bag if you’re planning to get really involved in all of the action. We recommend a cross-body bag which is super comfortable and most importantly, should keep your belongings in safe hands in the busy crowds.

Primark – Black Nylon Cross-Body bag


Hydration, hydration, hydration! 

Not only is hydration important throughout the day, but also remembering to take care of our planet. Remember to take a reusable water bottle with you so you don’t end up buying single-use plastic while you’re out and about. Chilly water bottles from John Lewis & Partners are perfect and will keep your water nice and cool in the hottest of weather.


John Lewis & Partners – Chilly’s water bottle