Notting Hill Carnival 2018 – Things you need to know

Next weekend London is hosting its yearly Notting Hill carnival and we are so excited! What started in 1966 as an offshoot of the Trinidad Carnival, celebrating Caribbean culture and traditions in London, Notting Hill Carnival is now an annual event that gathers together people from all over London and the UK.

This year the carnival will begin at 10 am on Sunday 26th August and end on Monday 27th evening. To make sure your experience is the best it could be we gathered together some information and tips about the event.


Music and dancing are bound to kick off around 9.30am on both Sunday and Monday. Due to the noise restrictions, all the loud music will stop around 7.30pm but as Londoners do not take carnival lightly, there will be plenty of after parties happening all around the city. So while trucks and parade bands will disperse by 9 pm, you still have a lot to look forward to!


Sunday is considered a family day as the carnival accommodates even for the little ones. There will be a parade for children and the majority of the music will be kept family friendly.  The procession will start and end at Canal Way in Ladbroke Grove and the Children’s parade will have dedicated stages in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance park and Powis Square.


On Monday, head to the streets of Notting Hill for the final parade – the Grand Finale. Expect to see about 60 different bands performing, and put your dancing shoes on as Monday is the day the party really begins.

Getting there

London public transport will be the best way to get to the carnival. Many roads will be closed around the area, so hop on the tube to the local tube stations such as Ladbroke Grove or Notting Hill Gate. But make sure to check the Travel for London website to check for any closures on the day.
Food and drink

Prepare yourself for some Caribbean goodness. There will be hundreds of food stalls around Notting Hill where you can taste some of the most delicious Caribbean food like curried goat, rice and peas, fried plantain, spicy Jamaican patties and Caribbean dumplings. For refreshments, there will be a river of Red Stripe flowing, Caribbean rum and of course coconut water that will actually help you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Make sure to bring cash, a hoodie in case you get chilly towards the evening and a bottle of water to stay hydrated with all the drinking and dancing.  

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