It’s been three long years since the event last took to the streets, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, so anticipation for this year’s event is higher than ever.
From the spectacular floats to the steel bands and mouthwatering food, it’s guaranteed to draw a huge crowd to west London this August, with about 2 million people expected to celebrate. Here’s what you need to know.
When is it?
In traditional style, the carnival will take place over the bank holiday weekend, from August 27 to 29.
The fun will kick off on Saturday August 27, with the UK National Panorama Steelband Competition at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, Kensal Road.
Sunday August 28 is family day at the carnival, including the children’s parade, with the main parade taking place on bank holiday Monday.
For more on the full schedule, see here.
How to get there
By road: Many roads in the area will be closed – see here for more details.
By Tube: Nearby stations include Notting Hill Gate (‘exit only’ from 11am to 7pm), Royal Oak (‘exit only’ from 11am to 6pm, then closed) and Westbourne Park (‘exit only’ from 11am to 6pm). Plan ahead and check your route the day before you travel.
Planned Tube works, according to TFL:
Elizabeth Line: Services between Paddington and Abbey Wood will operate on Monday to Saturday only, between 6:30am to 11pm.
London Overground: Changes to Euston to Watford Junction services on Saturday August 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29. See the planned works calendar for further details as they are announced. There will be no service between Barking and Barking Riverside on Sunday August 28, please use London Buses Routes EL1, EL2 and EL3. For trains to/from Gospel Oak use Platform 1 at Barking. Changes to Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside services from Monday August 29 to Friday September 2 : Trains at 5:48am from Barking Riverside to Gospel Oak and at 6:39am from Gospel Oak to Barking Riverside will not run.
Metropolitan Line: On Saturday August 27, Sunday 28 and Monday 29, there will be no service between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Watford/Amersham/Chesham. Replacement buses operate. No Chiltern Railways services between Marylebone and Amersham.
Waterloo & City Line: Closed on weekends and public bank holidays.
London Trams: Saturday August 22 to Sunday October 3, no service between Reeves Corner and East Croydon.
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