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Grange’s Complete Guide to Notting Hill Carnival 2018

  • What's On -31-Jul-2018

When is Notting Hill Carnival?

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

Where Is It Taking Place?

Saturday: Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, Bosworth Road, W10

Sunday: Throughout W10 in West London

Monday: Throughout W10 in West London

Notting Hill 2018 Schedule

Saturday 25th August - Panorama

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 26th August - Children’s Day

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!

Top Tips for Attending Notting Hill Carnival

1) Pack the essentials

Make sure you pack the following essentials for a day of carnival fun!

- Tissues

- Hand sanitiser

- Water bottle

- Suncream and sunglasses

For kids:

- Drinks and Snacks

- Earplugs

- 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!

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