Join London’s biggest street party as the Notting Hill Carnival fills the streets of west London with Caribbean colours, music and flavours.
Watch elaborate floats and colourful 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.
If you’re new to the carnival, take a look at our 10 tips for Notting Hill Carnival to find out how to make the most of your day.
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.
In 2019, the carnival takes place on 25 and 26 August. Check back nearer the time for more information on what’s on each day.
Where does the carnival take place?
The carnival takes place on the streets of London W10 and W11, usually around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road.
How to get to Notting Hill Carnival?
With many road closures taking place during the festival, London public transport is the best way to travel to the Notting Hill Carnival.
Allow extra time for your journey as a number of local Tube stations will be closed or subject to disruption. Extra buses will be put on during the carnival weekend, but buses will be diverted away from the carnival route.
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, 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. 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.
After the carnival, make your way to one of London’s top clubs to continue the party or refuel at a Caribbean restaurant. Plus, find more things to do in London’s Notting Hill.