Notting Hill Carnival

24th Aug–26th Aug, 2019 10:00am – 7:00pm
Notting Hill Carnival Dancer
Photo by Antonio Garcia used under CC

August bank holiday weekend is time for Europe’s biggest street party. A colourful, vibrant celebration of all things multicultural and especially London’s African-Caribbean communities. The streets of the West London neighbourhoods of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park will be filled with 38 booming sound systems playing dub, reggae, Latin beats, funk, drum ‘n’ bass and disco.

When to show up at Notting Hill Carnival

The main parades are free, and carnival-goers with kids should head there on the first day, known as ‘Children’s Day’ as things will be a lot messier on Monday.

That said, things can still get plenty messy early on. Sunday morning opens with Jouvert ( “opening of the day” from the French Jour ouvert), a traditional procession before sunrise (6am-9am), where participants cover themselves in mud or paint. The procession begins and ends at Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove W14 next to Sainsbury’s car park.

Sixty bands will perform in Monday’s Grand Finale and there will be a world music stage at Powis Square. Although the parades wrap by 7pm each day there are plenty of official (and unofficial) parties to keep the carnival spirit going through the night. And of course carnival wouldn’t be complete without Caribbean drinks and eats as well as beats. Some local stations may be shut, so check travel info well in advance to avoid disruption.

Read our full guide for all you need to know about Notting Hill Carnival.

Dates: 24th Aug–26th Aug, 2019
Start/End Time: 10:00am – 7:00pm
Entry: Free
Closest station(s): Holland Park, High Street Kensington, Queen's Park, Shepherd's Bush, Bayswater, Paddington
Area: Notting Hill, Westbourne Park
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