The carnival, seen as a symbol of interracial tolerance, dates back to the 1960s and celebrates Britain’s Afro-Caribbean community. It usually attracts more than a million visitors over the August Bank Holiday weekend, but its parade has been replaced this year by a virtual festival.
However, one man danced along the route of the procession on an unseasonably cold day on Monday in a purple headdress and shorts.
Separately, another man in a black and yellow outfit dodged London taxis as he celebrated the public holiday, which did not have the usual road closures in place.
Notting Hill’s streets, usually packed for the holiday, were virtually empty, and neither man had trouble maintaining social distancing during their informal processions.