Notting Hill Carnival represents the resilience and cultural diversity in London. This fantastic event brings people of all backgrounds together in a colourful celebration of local culture.
The event is organised by Notting Hill Carnival and supported by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and ourselves.
This year, expect to see 13 steel bands, 72 mast bands, 6 Brazilian bands, 36 sound systems and 300 stalls.
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Most roads within the Carnival area will be closed from 6am on Sunday 28 to 6am on Tuesday 30 August.
Only carnival floats, pre-authorised event vehicles and emergency vehicles will be allowed into the area.
- residents should remove vehicles from carnival area by 6am on Sunday 28 August, or the night before if possible (of great help to the police)
- there is no overnight access for vehicles
- the police will be checking all vehicles entering the area and surrounding streets and vehicles without accreditation will not gain access
- subject to police decision, road closures occur until 6am on Tuesday, please leave it as late as possible before driving back into the area
A large number of resident parking bays will be fully suspended in the run up to and over the carnival weekend.
Safety zones are closed to Carnival visitors.
This is to help with crowd and emergency vehicle management. Residents must carry ID to access their homes.
As safety zones are cordoned off by barriers and staffed by the police or stewards, residents on foot must have ID showing their name and address if they need to enter a safety zone to access their home.
Acceptable ID is a bank statement, council tax statement, utility bill or driving licence.
Access will only be granted to those residents living directly within each particular safety zone.
You will not be granted access to use safety zones as a thoroughfare.
If you live on or inside the carnival route, you can request a free cleaning service for your garden. Anyone who registers for the clean up service before Thursday 25 August will be given an estimated date of when their garden will be cleaned.
The service offers the free clearance of event litter only which refers to waste items that directly relate to the carnival, such as food packaging, food items, drinks cans and receptacles.
If you operate a food business over the Notting Hill Carnival weekend, then you may need to register as a food business, especially if you intend to do this on a regular basis or if you intend to undertake food operations at other locations.
If you are not the landowner of your residency, you will need to contact your property owner/manager (including tenant management organisations where applicable) to gain permission for any activity taking place (including trading of any kind) from private property.
If you wish to sell or supply alcohol on your private land, you need to apply for temporary permission. These are called Temporary Event Notices (TEN). Find out more at GOV.UK.
To apply for a Temporary Event Notice in Westminster please apply online. Notices must be received at least 10 working days before the event. Each notice costs £21.
- UK National Panorama Steelband 6pm to 11pm, Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road, W10 3DH
- J’Ouvert 6am to 9am - the traditional celebration before the formal start of Carnival, starts at Sainsbury’s, Canal Way, Ladbroke Grove, W10 5AA
- Opening ceremony 10am to 10.30am, Judging Zone, Great Western Road
- Children’s Day Parade and Carnival 10.30am to 5pm
- Main event of the day – parade route Adults ‘Dutty Mas’ 10.30am to 8.30pm, extended J’Ouvert theme (see above), parade route
- Adults Day Parade and Carnival 10.30am to 8.30pm, parade route
- Sunday and Monday - Static Sound Systems 12pm to 7pm Judging Point Closes 8.30pm, Great Western Road/Westbourne Park Road
- Street trading 10am to 8pm (Kensington and Chelsea) 10am to 7pm (Westminster)