On Sunday, families gathered in fancy dress and face paint to watch the parades dedicated especially to children.
Annuar Aziz, a businessman from Malaysia, stumbled upon the event by accident with his wife and four young children while on holiday.
He said: "It's excellent. We are loving the free spirit of everyone and we have all been dancing.
Over 200 cadets have had a great bank holiday volunteering at #nottinghillcarnival giving crime prevention advice.
Anybody who departs Notting Hill Gate station is immediately hit by the distinctive sounds, smells and sights of carnival.
A couple named Anne and JD wait by a wall for their friends to join them. "I've been coming since I was 11, I used to be on the floats," Anne says. They are here to celebrate their 30th anniversary: "We first met at the carnival." Anne says the event has "changed a lot" over the years. "JD doesn't really like it so much these days but it's been great so far today," she says.
The real life carnival — a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture first held in 1966 — will be winding its way past the grand period homes of west London’s Notting Hill this weekend. A couple of million spectators are expected to descend on the neighbourhood north-west of Hyde Park.
Photography by Leanne Hunt