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The streets of west London come alive every August bank holiday weekend with Europe's biggest street festival. But this year, it's entirely online with Notting Hill Carnival: Access All Areas. Read More

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Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the Notting Hill Carnival 2020 has been cancelled, but some celebrations are taking place online. Find out what's on below.

Join London’s biggest street party from home, as the Notting Hill Carnival moves online in 2020, with Notting Hill Carnival: Access All Areas.

The carnival usually fills the streets of west London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours, but it’s all accessible from your armchair in 2020!

Dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, join food and drink shows and learn more about the carnival and its people in interviews, over three days of live streams on four dedicated channels.

When is Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival happens every year on the last weekend of August, including the summer bank holiday (public holiday) Monday. The Notting Hill Carnival 2020 dates are 30 and 31 August, with more celebrations on the eve of the carnival on 29 August.

Important information

Due to the current coronavirus outbreak, the Notting Hill Carnival 2020 has been cancelled, but some celebrations are taking place online.

What’s the Notting Hill Carnival 2020 line-up?

The full online Notting Hill Carnival line-up is not yet announced, but you’ll find plenty of music and entertainment throughout the weekend from regular carnival performers, DJs and artists. Here’s a pick of what’s on offer:

  • Kick things off with the Carnival Warm-Up on Saturday with Carnival Culture (9am to midday) followed by the Steelpan Show, Calypso and Groovy Soca (6pm to midnight).
  • Take your pick from three channels on Sunday and Monday: Parade Channel (midday to 8pm), Sound System Channel (midday to 8pm) and the Main Stage Channel (8pm to 11pm).
  • Turn your hall into dancehall, with live sets from some of the best Notting Hill Carnival sound systems, including Volcano, Arts-A-Light and Disya Jeneration.
  • Soak up those Caribbean vibes with calypso, soca and steelpan streams from the likes of Ms Desire, Brown Sugar and Panash.
  • Shimmy to Brazilian bands Baque de Axe and Tribo.
  • Be treated to plenty of colourful costumes from Mas bands including The Bride Outreach, Calabash and Flamboyan.
  • Enjoy performances from well-known UK artists during the weekend.
  • Join the carnival afterparty on BBC Radio 1Xtra (UK only) from 11pm until 2am on Sunday and Monday.
  • Check out Spotify’s carnival microsite nearer the time, featuring playlists curated by the Notting Hill Carnival sound systems and DJs, podcasts covering the carnival’s history and issues facing the black community, and guest takeovers.

Where is Notting Hill Carnival?

The carnival usually takes place on the streets of London W10 and W11, around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road.

However, this year Notting Hill Carnival: Access All Areas is completely online.

What’s the Notting Hill Carnival 2020 route?

This year’s event is online, so there is no Notting Hill Carnival parade through west London.

The Notting Hill Carnival route usually remains the same every year and can be found on the official app, which features a Notting Hill Carnival map.

How to get to Notting Hill Carnival

In years when the carnival is on, many road closures take place during the festival, so London public transport is the best way to travel to the Notting Hill Carnival.

If you're planning to visit in future years, allow extra time for your journey as a number of local Tube stations close or are subject to disruption. Extra buses are normally put on during the carnival weekend, but these are diverted away from the carnival route.

Always check the Transport for London website before you travel for the latest Notting Hill Carnival transport information.

What is Notting Hill Carnival?

The Notting Hill Carnival was first held in 1966 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival, celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions in London.

When the Notting Hill Carnival first started in Notting Hill, around 500 people attended the Caribbean festival. The carnival has since become the largest street festival in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands to London, and continues to grow in popularity. You can usually expect to see some 50,000 performers in the parade and more than 30 sound systems, with more than one million people attending over the carnival weekend.

This year marks the first time the carnival has been held entirely online, in its 54-year history. 

If you're in London, why not refuel at a Caribbean restaurant within walking or cycling distance of your home after the online celebrations

If you're planning to go to the carnival next year, check out our 10 tips for Notting Hill Carnival, find where to stay near the celebrations, and download the Visit London app for more information on Notting Hill Carnival.

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