Here are 6 ways to have the best Notting Hill Carnival

It’s finally here! The Notting Hill Carnival is set to take place this bank holiday weekend with all the beats, bright colours and jerk chicken you’ve been waiting for.

So get ready to dance, eat the best Caribbean food in the city and follow our tips to make the best of the biggest street party in London.

1. Stay away from Notting Hill Gate

Notting Hill Gate station will packed to the brim, so avoid getting stuck underground in slow-moving queues and opt for Queensway or Ladbroke Grove tube stations.

2. Arrive early

Festivities officially start around 9am, so aim to get there at least by lunchtime. Any later and you might not be able to secure a prime parade-viewing spot.


Be kind to your wallet and take booze with you, as alcohol will be sold there at exorbitant tourist prices.

4. Guard your gear

Big crowds like these (up to one million people!) are a haven for pickpockets, so be smart and either wear a secure bag like a bumbag, or don’t bring valuables with you.

5. Which day?

If you’re into a less rowdy crowd go on the Sunday, as the Monday is traditionally more raucous. Although do keep in mind that this Sunday is expected to be rainier than Monday.

6. Dress up

Get into the spirit of the festival and go crazy with colour! Don your brightest outfit and get your face painted before making your way to one of the many afterparties.

By Reenat Sinay