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The Carnival begins in the evening of Saturday 25th August and ends late on Monday 27th August.
Saturday 25th August: 6pm-10pm
Sunday 26th August: From 6am - All Day
Monday 27th August: From 9am - All Day
Saturday: Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Bosworth Road, W10
Sunday: Throughout W10 in West London
Monday: Throughout W10 in West London
On the opening evening of Notting Hill Carnival there is no entry fee. From 6pm-10pm you can expect a steel band music competition, a host of entertainment, as well as delicious street food for you to enjoy whilst dancing the evening away.
Sunday is the perfect day for families to visit! With family-friendly activities running throughout the day, 38 sound systems and of course, the Children’s Day Parade, the whole family will have a blast. With swarms of bright costumes, the rhythm of the steel drums and the glorious smells of traditional Caribbean cuisine, everyone can enjoy Children’s day well into the evening.
If you’re an early riser, you can also watch (or join in!) the parade during the ‘J’Ouvert’ carnival opening from 6am - but be prepared, there is colourful powdered paint involved!
1) Pack the essentials
Make sure you pack the following essentials for a day of carnival fun!
- Hand sanitiser
- Water bottle
- Suncream and sunglasses
- Drinks and Snacks
- Travel potties (the toilet queues can get very long)
2) Check travel
Some roads will be closed and bus routes disrupted during the carnival. This means tube lines will be busier than usual, so make sure you check and plan the route you’ll take before you travel.
3) Arrive early
If you want to secure a good spot to watch the celebrations, arrive early. Particularly if you’re bringing young children along with you.
4) Dress for the occasion
It is a carnival, so get creative and colourful with your clothing! However, make sure you’re comfortable and dressed for the weather on the day you’re going. Heels and uncomfortable shoes are a definite no as you’ll be standing for long periods of time!
5) Download or print a map of the route
It’s advisable to download a map of the carnival route, this way you can see what’s happening where and locate the many sound systems dotted around.
This map from Time Out London includes sound systems, toilets and safety zones.
6) Stay somewhere local
Once you’ve partied the day and evening away, it’s nice to have somewhere close by to relax and spend the night! Grange Hotels have a selection of 4 and 5 star locations dotted throughout Central London, so you don’t have to worry about the exhausting journey home!