VISITOR INFORMATION

The Notting Hill Carnival returns to the streets of west London this August bank holiday weekend - Sunday 24 August and Monday 25 August. More than a million people are expected to attend the biggest carnival in Europe.

The schedule

Saturday 23 August: Panorama, a free open-air annual steel band competition for the whole family, steel band and general music lovers, held at Emslie Horniman Pleasance centre.

Sunday 24 August: J'overt marks the opening of the Carnival followed by Family Day, a jubilant Children's Parade showcasing flamboyant costumes along the carnival route.

Monday 25 August: Monday Parade, The Grand Finale and main carnival parade, showcases a sea of vibrant colours as bands and floats in magnificent costumes dance to the tantalizing rhythms of Carnival.

Read more information about the Notting Hill Carnival.

Travel disruption and advice

Roads and public transport in west London will be very busy on August Bank Holiday weekend. Make sure you make the most of the weekend, and of this fantastic annual event, by planning ahead.

Road users

Roads in west London will be very busy on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August. To create a safe environment during Carnival there will be extensive road closures in Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park areas.

Road closure times:

  • Sunday 24 August from 06:00 until around 23:59
  • Monday 25 August from 06:00 until around 03:00 on the morning of Tuesday 26 August

Road closures will be from:

  • Harrow Road in the north
  • Notthing Hill Gate in the south
  • Clarendon Road in the west
  • Queensway in the east

The road closures will make traffic around the event areas busier than usual, including A5 Edgware Road, Holland Park Avenue, Notting Hill Gate and Bayswater Road. Wherever possible, drivers should avoid these parts of west London, or allow for delays to their journey.

Local parking restrictions will apply. Find out more from the local councils Westminster and Kensington & Chelsea.

For the latest information on how the roads are operating, check before you travel and follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.

Taxi and private hire

Taxi and private hire services will be operating normally, although they will be affected by the road closures in the area.

Read more information about taxi or private hire, including booking a vehicle.

Follow @TfLTPH on Twitter for our latest updates on London's taxi and private hire trades.

Cycling

A small number of Barclays Cycle Hire docking stations in the Carnival area will be suspended from 21:00 on Saturday 23 August until 07:00 on Tuesday 26 August. These include:

  • Turquoise Island
  • Pembridge Villas
  • Chepstow Villas
  • Notting Hill Gate station
  • Hereford Road
  • Ladbroke Grove (central) 
  • Landsdowne Walk
  • All Saints Church
  • Blenheim Crescent
  • All Saints Road
  • Westbourne Park Road (Powis Gardens)

Although all other docking stations will remain available, traffic congestion in the area may make it difficult for Barclays Cycle Hire redistribution vehicles to collect and/or replace bicycles across west London.

Customers are advised to check availablity online using the live docking station map.

Follow @BarclaysCycle on Twitter for the latest updates.

Walking

Magenta wayfinding signage will be in place to help carnivalgoers get between transport hubs and the event.

Tube and rail

Tube and rail will be the best way to get around on the weekend, although stations in west London will be busier than usual.

Planned tube closures on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August include:

Tube

  • Ladbroke Grove (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) will be closed on Sunday 24 and Monday 25
  • Latimer Road (Circle and Hammersmith & City lines) will be closed 23:30 on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 
  • Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle and District lines) will be exit-only between 11:00-19:00 and no interchange between District, Circle and Central lines on Sunday 24 August. On Monday 25 August this station will be exit-only and District and Circle lines will be non-stopping between 11:00-19:00. There will be no interchange between the District, Circle and Central lines all day. Customers are advised to use Bayswater or Paddington stations instead 
  • Queensway (Central line) will be exit-only between 11:00-19:00 on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August
  • Royal Oak will be exit-only between 11:00-18:00 and closed from 18:00 on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August
  • Westbourne Park will be exit-only between 11:00-18:00 and closed from 18:00 on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August

London Overground

No services between South Tottenham and Barking on Sunday 24 or Monday 25 August.

National Rail

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 August no First Capital Connect (FCC) and Southern Services call at London Bridge, and services will be diverted to Victoria or Blackfriars in London.

See more information.

Stations around the Carnival area with no planned closures:

Tube

  • High Street Kensington (Circle and District lines)
  • Holland Park (Central line)
  • Queen's Park (Bakerloo line)
  • Shepherd's Bush (Central line)
  • Bayswater (Circle and District line). On Monday 25 August, between 12:00-19:00, customers are advised to use this station as Circle and District line trains will not stop at Notting Hill Gate
  • Paddington (Hammersmith & City and Circle lines) on Sunday 24 and Monday 25 August - customers are advised to use this station instead of Notting Hill Gate or Royal Oak, as both these stations will have entry restrictions

London Overground

  • Queen's Park
  • Kensal Rise
  • Kensal Green
  • Shepherd's Bush

Oyster card top ups

Stations in west London will be very busy on both days of Carnival. To save time and avoid queues, top up your Oyster card in advance. Find out more about Oyster or get a card.

Ticket gates may need to be left open due to the large number of people attending the Carnival. If you are unable to touch in or out with your Oyster card, and are not charged the right fare, you will get an automatic refund within seven days of the end of the Carnival.

To plan ahead on the day visit Journey Planner.

For up to date information on Tube, DLR and London Overground services follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

Buses

From 16:00 on Saturday 23 August until the end of the Carnival weekend, route 23 will be affected due to a road diversion in place for the Panorama event.

From around 02:00 on Sunday 24 August until 05:00 on Tuesday 26 August, buses in and around the event area will be on diversion or will terminate earlier than usual to avoid the road closures. 

During these times, buses will start from the Prince of Wales on Harrow Road to the north of the Carnival area.

To the south of the Carnival area buses will start from Notting Hill Gate.

Bus stops within or adjacent to the area will carry displays about diversions or disruptions.

Bus routes affected include: 6, 7, 16, 18, 23, 27, 28, 31, 36, 46, 52, 70, 94, 98, 148, 187, 205, 220, 228, 295, 316, 328, 332, 390, 414, 436, 436X, 452, N7, N16, N18, N28, N31  N98 and N207.

Notting Hill Carnival buses map (PDF 182KB)

There will be extra day and night buses serving the Notting Hill Carnival, however buses in west London are expected to be busier than usual so allow plenty of time for your journey and plan ahead.

Find out how your bus may be affected.      

Follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter for the latest bus updates.

Businesses and Freight

If you make or receive deliveries in west London over the weekend, you may be affected by congestion and increased journey times because of road closures in the areas around the Notting Hill Carnival. 

If you operate in areas on or near the event, you should talk to your customers and suppliers now, to consider if there are changes you need to make to your deliveries or collections.

You may wish to consider:

  • Changing the day of your deliveries to before or after the weekend
  • Changing the times of your deliveries to avoid road closures
  • Using alternative routes that avoid the area to make your deliveries
  • Signing up to the TfL Road Freight Bulletin for regular information and advice on issues impacting deliveries in London. Email freight@tfl.gov.uk to sign up
  • Signing up to the TfL Business Engagement Bulletin for monthly information on how TfL are improving transport choices. Email businessengagement@tfl.gov.uk  

Read how other businesses have changed the way they make or receive deliveries during major events in London.