Notting Hill Carnival
  Do's Don'ts

Your Road to the Spirit of Freedom



1. Do Dress cool & comfortably. If you want to watch the parading bands consider arriving early, before time 12 noon start time, with your own chair and other goodies. 

2. Remember the Carnival Route is 3 miles long and there are many activities on the roads within the route. Thefore comfortable footwear is wise, particularly if you end up walking halfway home. Put the stiletto heels in your pack if you must be prepared for everything.

3. Do plan your route using public transit. Here's where to start Carnival transit  Don't forget the exit strategy, this is not Iraq.  Ladbroke Grove is shut down and several other nearby stations become exit only like Notting Hill Gate, Royal Oak and Westbourne Park.

4. DO arrange a suitable meeting place with friends in case you get split up during the day. Particularly if you don't both have cell phones. Even then cell phones become less reliable the larger the crowd (noise and network overload) so pick your spot and time.

5. Essential Carnival equipment includes:

  • Carnival guide to find out where the activities are located
  • DO bring cash money to buy food and other goodies and avoid the crush at ATMs
  • DO drink plenty of water and bringing a few bottles or a tall one is a good ting

6. When you get Carnival and want to follow a Mas-band or Steelband, head for the route.

  • If you are following a Mas-band do not jump in front of the costumes, wait until the costumes have gone by and jump behind them in the non-costumed section.

7. If you prefer the Sound Systems head for the interior of the route.

8. If you want to sit on the grass and listen to international music artists head for

  • Horninman's Pleasance (which may only have green open space)
  • Powis Square.

9. Remember that Carnival floats are large lorries, do not run across their paths and do not get too close to them

10. Be nice and have fun and consider leaving late by patronizing a local business


Public Toilets ||Carnival transit ||2005 news

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SAFETY TIPS: The Metropolitan Police have highlighted the following points regarding safety.In an emergency always dial 999
  • Notting Hill Station – 24hour 020 7376 1212, 020 7221 1212
    101 Ladbroke Road. W11
  • Paddington Station – 24hour 020 7402 1212
bullet Tubes and buses will be busy, plan your journey in advance
bullet Get hold of a map of the Carnival area before you arrive 
bullet  Sunday has been emphasized as the traditional Children's day with less attendance and a smaller parade
bullet · Spread out around the whole area
bullet · Go with the flow of the crowd - don't try to walk against it
bullet · Have a set meeting place should you loose your friends or family - try not to rely on mobile phones
bullet · Don't bring your valuables or wear expensive jewelry
bullet · Keep your belongings with you at all times
bullet · Don't carry too much cash
bullet · Police are there to help - please do as they ask even if their reasons are not obvious

Planning your journey carefully and leaving early will save you time and help avoid the crowds.


Carnival is the biggest street festival in Europe and the Met’s biggest public safety event of the year, with about 10,500 officers working over the August bank holiday weekend which is always defined by the last Monday in August.
Location & Route

Despite announcements of a route change in 2005, it has remained largely the same. See 2005 news

Notting Hill Area.
Floats travel via Ladbroke Grove > Kensal Road > Golborne Road > Elkstone Road >
Great Western Road > Westbourne Park Road >
 Chepstow Road > Westbourne Grove > Kensington Park Road > Arundel Garde
Extensive road closures in Notting Hill area for procession. Area bordered by Harrow Road, Porchester Road, Queensway, Notting Hill Gate, Ladbroke Grove, Clarendon Road, St Marks Road, Barlby Road. Other roads in vicinity may also be closed as necessary for public safety.




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