What to Expect

Carnival is a wonderfully vibrant, colourful, happy, carefree celebration of West Indian arts and culture. The mas bands spend many months preparing their exotic costumes for the procession. Some of the world’s very best steel bands compete at Panorama on Saturday night and perform in the parade throughout the weekend. Mobile sound systems fill the streets with music whilst the static sound systems DJs draw their loyal followings for hours of dancing in the street. Calypso and Soca add yet another authentic Caribbean vibe to Europe’s biggest and best Carnival music scene.

There are some 50,000 performers throughout the weekend and over 30 different sound systems. Numbers have always been difficult to gauge, but up to a million people enjoy Europe’s biggest Carnival every year.

Travel light, bring happiness and goodwill

Leave your cares at home and travel light. You don’t need much for a memorable weekend at Carnival. A happy smile and goodwill to everybody is infectious and you’ll soon find yourself making new friends. Discovering sensational new Caribbean cuisine is inevitable and you’ll find the urge to dance becomes irresistible.


A warm Caribbean welcome awaits everybody at Notting Hill Carnival. The mas bands’ costumes are a riot of extravagance and colour. The music reverberates in...
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Arrive Early

Meeting up with friends at Carnival sounds a fab idea… until you try it in streets packed with thousands of partying people. The roads in...
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Getting to Carnival

During Notting Hill Carnival some London Underground stations close temporarily to avoid congestion. Buses are a good option to get you to the outskirts of...
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Personal Safety

Your personal safety is uppermost in the minds of everybody working behind the scenes to make Carnival a carefree, happy party. There are some straightforward...
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Travelling by Tube

For safety reasons some stations may close temporarily to prevent overcrowding. It may be worthwhile walking part of your journey or seeking an alternative route. Ladbroke Grove...
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Travelling by Bus

London Buses will operate extra day and night buses to serve Carnival. Due to road closures, day and night buses will be diverted away from the Carnival...
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