This year’s Notting Hill Carnival is being premiered at Heathrow Airport, with steel bands and performers entertaining passengers at Terminal 5’s international arrivals area.
In addition to the exclusive preview, passengers can also browse a pop-up exhibition by Carl Gabriel. The showcase of the celebrated carnival artist’s work opened today (August 23rd) for a week.
Heathrow spokesman Malcolm Robertson said the airport’s aim is to provide passengers with an "immediate sense" that they have arrived in London.
"Bringing the Notting Hill Carnival to international arrivals is one way of doing just that," he commented.
"We hope our lively and colourful welcome will give passengers arriving at Heathrow a taste of London’s most vibrant celebration of diversity, colour and sound and encourage them to explore the many exciting cultural events the UK has to offer this autumn."
Heathrow is expecting 840,000 passengers to pass through its doors during the August bank holiday weekend.
Last month, Heathrow confirmed that Terminal 5’s satellite building, T5C, will receive a rail link when it opens next summer.