Notting Hill Carnival 2022

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 21st September 2022.

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How much did the Notting Hill Carnival contribute to London’s economy this year?

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The Notting Hill Carnival has been staged in London over the August bank holiday weekend every year since 1965. It is a great celebration of Caribbean culture and one of London's highest profile public events, attracting people not only from across the capital, but the UK and overseas. It is Europe’s largest Carnival event and attracts approximately a million visitors over the weekend every year.

Unlike many other large-scale events, Notting Hill Carnival has developed organically rather than being driven by a single group or individual. The GLA is not involved in assessing the economic impact of the event and as such does not have data to answer your question. However, it is clear that the Carnival makes an important economic contribution to London in the form of attracting domestic and international tourists, and encouraging attendees to spend money in the locality while they are there.