Join the city's biggest street party and one of the most popular carnivals in London, as the streets of west London are filled with Caribbean colours, music and flavours during Notting Hill Carnival.
Watch elaborate floats and costumed performers wind their way through the streets in the carnival parade, dance to the sound of steel bands and calypso music, and visit the tempting food stalls along the route.
What is Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival was first held in 1966. It celebrates the rich history of Caribbean culture in London.
The first Notting Hill Carnival attracted around 500 people. The carnival has since grown to become the largest street festival in Europe, attracting hundreds of thousands to London. 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 weekend.
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When is Notting Hill Carnival 2024?
What is the Notting Hill Carnival 2024 lineup?
You can usually expect an exciting lineup of celebrations for Notting Hill Carnival – check back soon for confirmed details for the 2024 celebrations:
- Top bands usually compete in the UK's biggest steel pan competition at Panorama in Emslie Horniman's Pleasance Park.
- The next generation often take up the carnival baton at the joyful Children’s Parade.
- Colourful and exuberant festivities usually take place as part of the Traditional Parade featuring mas, soca, calypso and more.
- A unique party vibe is usually created by the more than 36 static Sound Systems playing everything from samba to hip-hop.
- Delicious food and drink from around the world can often be found across more than 300 stalls, including Jamaican jerk chicken, Trinidadian roti and Guyanese pepper pot.
Where can I buy Notting Hill Carnival tickets?
Notting Hill Carnival is a free event to attend, including the main parade and all other live street entertainment.
Notting Hill Carnival London events
Many of London's top venues will be hosting private Notting Hill Carnival parties across the bank holiday weekend – check back soon for more information about the exciting events you can attend in 2024.
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Where in London 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.
Where can I find the Notting Hill Carnival route map?
The Notting Hill Carnival route usually remains the same every year. A map of Notting Hill Carnival can be found on the official Notting Hill Carnival app.
How to get to Notting Hill Carnival
As many road closures take place during the festival, public transport is the best way to travel to Notting Hill Carnival in west London.
If you're planning to visit the festival, 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.
The nearest Tube stations to Notting Hill Carnival are Bayswater, High Street Kensington, Paddington, Queen’s Park and Shepherd’s Bush, but some are exit-only across the weekend. Check the Transport for London website before you travel for the latest Notting Hill Carnival transport information.
What are the top tips for visiting Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival is a very popular and busy event. Take the normal precautions you would when attending any large-scale event, such as arranging a meeting point and time in advance if you're going with a group of friends or family. If it's a hot August weekend, take a reusable bottle of water with you to stay hydrated, wear a hat and put on sunscreen.
Most importantly, get into the carnival spirit! Join in with the dancing, check out the many sound systems, feast on Caribbean food and continue the festivities at one of the many afterparties.