How to get to Notting Hill Carnival as the annual street party continues

The party is underway as the Notting Hill Carnival kicks off (Picture: SWNS)

It’s August Bank Holiday weekend and that means that London’s biggest annual street party – the Notting Hill Carnival – is underway.

The event kicked off on Sunday with family day – featuring the children’s parade and family-friendly activities ahead of the full party kicking off on Bank Holiday Monday.

As usual people are set to attend the event in their thousands – meaning that public transport around the area is set to be busy.

If you’re heading down to the carnival though, what’s the best way of getting there?

We’ve got all the information you need.

What’s the best way to get to Notting Hill carnival?

Anyone planning to go to the carnival is advised not to drive to the event as roads around the carnival route will be closed and parking will be very limited.

If you’re coming from further away than the capital then the advice is to drive into London but park further away and use the tube or walk for the remainder of your journey.

The first day of the event is aimed at families (Picture: SWNS)

The best way to get to the carnival over the weekend will be by London Underground – with the nearest Tube stations including Holland Park, Shepherd’s Bush, High Street Kensington and Queen’s Park.

Latimer Road, Notting Hill Gate, Royal Oak and Westbourne Park are also nearby but Tube stations in the area will be subject to certain restrictions across the weekend as follows:

  • Holland Park will close at 6pm on both days
  • Ladbroke Grove is closed on both days
  • Latimer Road will close at 11:30pm on both days
  • Notting Hill Gate will be exit-only from 11am-7pm on both days. Circle and District line trains will not stop here between 11am-7pm on both days. There is no interchange between the District and Circle and Central lines all day on both lines
  • Royal Oak will be exit-only from 11am to 6pm on both days and will close at 6pm
  • Westbourne Park will be exit-only from 11am-6pm both days and will close at 11:30pm

What are the Notting Hill road closures?

The route for the carnival looks a little like this (Picture: Notting Hill Carnival app)

Westminster City Council has advised that several roads in the area are closed from 6am on Sunday 25 August until 6am on Tuesday 27 August.

Some of the roads affected include Alfred Road, Botts Mews, Bridstow Place, Durham Terrace and St Stephen’s Gardens.

A full list of road closures and other details for residents can be found on the Westminster City Council Website.

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