Food and drink
With more than 300 food stalls, you won’t go hungry. The perception of carnival food being all jerk chicken isn’t exactly true, but isn’t exactly untrue either: five tons of the stuff were shifted last year. Still, if you can, wander around – you’ll find curried goat, rice and peas, fried plantain, spicy Jamaican patties and Caribbean dumplings.
Drinks wise, Red Stripe is naturally the go-to and after that, rum. Guinness Punch is a must-try: despite the obvious Irish heritage, it’s stuff of carnival legend: Guiness packed full of spice, and sometimes milk, and sometimes rum. Coconut water is hard to beat for refreshment, and there’s a certain novelty to carrying around a coconut with a straw in it.
From around noon on Saturday 25 August:
- Kensal Road together with adjoining roads will be closed.
- Roads will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so on Saturday night.
From Saturday 25 August at 7am until Tuesday 28 August:
- Extensive road closures will extend north from Notting Hill Gate to Harrow Road, and from Latimer Road, St. Mark’s Road and Clarendon Road in the east to Porchester Road, and Queensway in the west.
- Roads will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so early Tuesday morning.
What can i expect?
There’s something for everyone.
Sunday is Family Day, which is a more relaxed day to prepare for the hard-core partying. Between 9am and 7pm, there’s a parade for children and family-friendly sounds from the World Music stage at Powis Square.
What to bring
Remember, it’s a carnival: come to have a good time and you most likely will. Still, it gets busy and sweaty, so being at least a little prepared helps.
What’s the notting hill carnival 2021 line-up?
In 2020, Notting Hill Carnival tookplace entirely online, with plenty of music and entertainment throughout the weekend from regular carnival performers, DJs and artists. Notting Hill Carnival 2020 included…
- Carnival Warm-Up kicked things off on Saturday with Carnival Culture followed by the Steelpan Show, Calypso and Groovy Soca.
- You could tune in to three channels: Parade Channel, Sound System Channel and the Main Stage Channel.
- Live sets from some of the best Notting Hill Carnival sound systems, including Volcano, Arts-A-Light and Disya Jeneration.
- Calypso, soca and steelpan streams from the likes of Ms Desire, Brown Sugar and Panash.
- A shimmy to Brazilian bands Baque de Axe and Tribo.
- The carnival finale included an afterparty on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
Check back closer to the time for the Notting Hill Carnival 2021 line-up.
Where is notting hill carnival?
The carnival usually takes place on the streets of London W10 and W11, around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Grove, Westbourne Park and Kensal Road.
What’s the notting hill carnival 2021 route?
If you’re in a group or with family, make sure to arrange a meeting point and time in advance. It can become quite busy on the streets and you may want to split up to visit different sound systems and stalls, or follow the carnival parade.
Being in August, it’s usually hot and sunny during the carnival, so make sure to keep a reusable bottle of water with you to stay hydrated, wear a hat and take some sunscreen.
Notting Hill Carnival is a fun and welcoming event but, as with any big event, be aware of pickpockets and keep your valuables out of sight – if you have any problems, inform a police officer.
Most importantly, get into the carnival spirit! Join in with the dancing, try out the many sound systems, feast on Caribbean food and even continue the festivities with one of the many afterparties!
What is notting hill carnival?
When is carnival?
Notting Hill Carnival takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, on Sunday 26 and Monday August 27.
Where is carnival?
Despite previous talks of the carnival moving to Hyde Park, Notting Hill Carnival will be returning to its prime location of W10, covering Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park.
The parade, which is 3.5 miles long, will cover Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. The route map below has the details.