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Notting Hill Carnival Guide

Notting Hill Carnival Guide – 2017

August 23, 2017 10:00 am

Everything you need to know about Notting Hill Carnival, one of London’s biggest parties

While you may know Notting Hill better for the Julia Roberts’ chick flick of the same name, there’s another big reason you should head over to the neighbourhood. Notting Hill Carnival is one of the biggest events in the London calendar and it’s a colourful celebration of culture that you won’t want to miss – don’t forget to bring your cameras.

What is the Notting Hill Carnival?

Notting Hill Carnival is a massive celebration of London’s Caribbean residents and takes the form of a gigantic street party through Notting Hill and its surrounding areas. Millions of people attend every year and it’s full of incredible food, floats, dancers, live music and more – though it’s the main parade that you’re going to want to rock out for.

When is Notting Hill Carnival 2017?

Notting Hill Carnival is a three day affair this year, held over the bank holiday weekend from August 27-28. The parade itself is held on both days and starts at 9:30am.

Where is Notting Hill Carnival?

Although the name of the event is a major hint as to its location, the carnival actually spills out the nearby areas Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park. If you’re heading there specifically for the carnival, it starts off on Great Western Road and sashays its way all the way down into Ladbroke Grove.

Things to do at Notting Hill Carnival

The parade should be a priority for any carnival goer, as the number of rainbow floats, energetic dancers and stream of music makes for a totally infectious joyful atmosphere. Beyond that, there’s always a number of fantastic street stalls selling Caribbean food, people breaking out into spontaneous song and dance and performances all day – the neighbourhood’s your oyster.

Getting to the Notting Hill Carnival

We’d advise steering clear of Notting Hill Gate station unless you plan on getting there super early. Hop on the London Underground to the edges of the carnival and walk toward towards the parade – the best options would be Bayswater, High Street Kensington, Holland Park or Queen’s Park. Due to road disruptions and closures, buses are likely to encounter traffic or diversions.

Tips for Notting Hill Carnival

  • Sunday tends to be quieter than Monday (when the main celebrations are), so it’s a better option for those with families or who don’t like crowds so much.
  • The portaloos are grim, so bring tissue and be prepared for long queues.
  • If you have food allergies, it’s best to err on the side of caution and bring your own food.
  • It’s going to be loud. Really loud. Like vuvuzela loud. Bring earplugs if you’re not into it.
  • A lot of transport is going to be diverted on the day because of the carnival, so keep an eye on the Transport For London website ( for up to date station closures and notices.

The parties

As it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, there will be plenty happening around the city from 26 – 28 August. From warm-up bashes to afterparties, there’s plenty going on to keep the party going during the Notting Hill Carnival and beyond!

Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty
Immerse yourself in a glittering tropical wonderland at the Corsica Studios in Elephant and Castle feauturing tropical house, reggae, Afro beat and more!

Shabba and Love Kulture Project Notting Hill Carnival Afterparty
Keep the party going after the Carnival’s soundsystem has packed up and head to Vauxhall’s Lightbox. With a huge musical lineup, street food garden, braid bar and more, there’s plenty to keep your crew happy all night long!

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