What is Notting Hill Carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival is one of London’s best-loved, and most vibrant events. Since 1964, Carnival has been a celebration of the culture and traditions of London’s Caribbean community. The Carnival runs across 2 days, and you can expect to enjoy some very live music (including reggae to salsa), as well as a parade of creative floats, awesome costumes and steel bands. Be sure to sample Caribbean cuisine including jerk chicken and fried plantain.
Where to watch the Parade
Notting hill Carnival starts at 10am on Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August. The parade starts on Great Western Road and winds its way along Chepstow Road. Then it moves on to Westbourne Grove, and finally down Ladbroke Grove.
If you want to get good photos of the parade, location is everything. The best place to watch the parade is by the judges’ platform. There, you’ll see the groups really do their stuff to impress the judges. Judging itself finishes at 6.30pm each evening. There are always lively sections and quieter spots. Get there early and scope out a good vantage point that is perfect for you and your family.
Tip – Take water and sun hats. Know where the nearest washroom facilities are and how to reconnect if you get separated in the crowd.
How to get to Notting Hill Carnival by train
Notting Hill Carnival is accessed by a number of trains to London. The carnival takes place August 30 and 31 this year over the streets of W10, west London. The nearest tube stations are Notting Hill Gate, Holland Park, and Ladbroke Grove.
It is easiest to get to the parade on the London Underground
- Use Royal Oak station between 11am and 6pm on Sunday and Monday. It’s handy to know the station will close at 6pm on both Carnival nights.
- You can also use Westbourne Park station, which closes slightly later at 11:30pm.
Other tube stations in walking distance of Carnival include High Street Kensington, Holland Park and, Paddington.
London is super easy to get to by train. There are 18 major stations in London that link with almost every part of mainland Britain. Trains to London run frequently across the country, and the London Underground journey time between the stations and the parade location should be under 30 minutes under most circumstances (hooray!)