No more Notting Hill Carnival

No more Notting Hill Carnival


norman lebrecht

May 07, 2020

The carnival, which usually draws a million people onto the streets of west London on the last weekend in August, has been scrapped this year due to Coronavirus.




  • Jan Kaznowski says:

    It’s not “No more NCH” ! It’s just cancelled this year.

    Such a melodramatic heading

    • V.Lind says:

      My first thought when I read the story. Is it helpful to try to make things sound even worse than they already are? We have enough blows without adding to them with overstatement and word choices that add fuel to the fire.

      I try to remember that the dreadful Spanish flu of the post-WWI period. That was followed by the Roaring 20s…I try to live in hope.

      • Saxon Broken says:

        People largely let the Spanish flu do its worst. It spread quickly, peaked, and then was largely over after 2-3 months. Everything then went back to normal. But then, they were used to regular pandemics back then.

  • The Captain says:

    Agreed, no need for the headline to be this dramatic.

    Looking forward to dancing in the streets with you all in 2021!

  • Barry Guerrero says:

    . . . As long as they don’t cancel the nude bicycle riding event. That would be tragic.

  • Stephen Spark says:

    Agree that it’s a thoroughly misleading headline. NHC, like almost every other summer event, is cancelled for this year ONLY. It will be back, more beautiful than ever, in August 2021.

    The only oddity is that it took the organiser (NHCL) and its ‘Strategic Partners’ (Met Police, K&C and Westminster Councils, London Ambulance Service, TfL etc) so long to make the announcement. Many carnival groups had already pulled out weeks beforehand, realising the risks to their members and to the NHS were too great.

  • Floyd says:

    Typical just adding to the conspiracy
    NHC 21 will happen
    But a good decision by the board