Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is a vivid spectacle representing London’s multicultural past and present.
A celebration of the capital’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, which has been taking place since 1964, the carnival features two days of fantastic live music as well as soca floats, steel bands and tasty dishes to sample too.
This August Bank Holiday don’t go anywhere without reading this guide, which includes invaluable information about Notting Hill Carnival 2016.
Looking for route details and tips on having fun, while staying safe? You’ve come to the right place.
Which weekend does Notting Hill Carnival take place?
Carnival starts on Sunday August 28 (also referred to as ‘Children’s Day’) and continues into Monday August 29.
Where does Notting Hill Carnival take place?
Spread throughout W10 in west London, the Carnival celebrations take over the areas of Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
What’s the best way to get there?
Take the tube to the outskirts and join the masses in walking towards the parade route.
The nearest tube stations without disruptions are Holland Park, High Street Kensington, Queen’s Park, Shepherd’s Bush, Bayswater and Paddington, while the following have amended operating times:
Notting Hill Gate (exit only from 11am-7pm)
Royal Oak (exit only from 11am-6pm; closed from 6pm on Mon)
Westbourne Park (exit only 11am-6pm)
What time does everything kick off?
The Carnival floats and bands set off at 9am on both Sunday and Monday mornings, running roughly until 7pm both days.