Notting Hill Carnival

Information about the Notting Hill Carnival which is facilitated by the borough. Download maps and booklets for further details.

Notting Hill Carnival 2018

Following the Leadership Team meeting on 26 February, they agreed with the recommendation to award the Council’s £100,000 grant to Carnival Village Trust (CVT) to plan and coordinate the event management of Notting Hill Carnival 2018, engaging the wider Carnival community in planning and delivery, and liaising with the local authorities and statutory agencies.

Carnival information 2017

Safety and residents' access to their homes

SafetyInternational events have led the public agencies to consider any lessons that we can learn and review plans to keep Notting Hill Carnival as safe as possible. Residents and visitors will be aware that, to enable Carnival to take place, a number of roads are closed. This year, the closures have been supplemented by road barriers at key entry points to the route. This could lead to some congestion and we would ask that you bear with the police, who are working with us to ensure everyone’s safety.

There is no specific intelligence or additional threat relating to Notting Hill Carnival. We don't expect these measures to impact on people's enjoyment of Carnival and thank residents, businesses and visitors to Carnival for their continued support in keeping Carnival safe.

Residents' access to their homesThe Council would like to remind residents within the Notting Hill Carnival footprint to carry ID and proof of address on them during carnival weekend.

Please note, where there are safety zones around the Carnival footprint, only residents who live on the streets directly affected by these will be permitted access to their homes via this route and non-residents cannot gain access to use them as a thoroughfare.

The Council's relationship with Carnival

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea does not organise Notting Hill Carnival - we facilitate the event. Throughout the year we will be working closely with Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police, other London agencies and the Carnival organisers to ensure that not only do we have a great Carnival, but that we also get a fair deal for our residents.

Notting Hill Carnival is traditionally an event which brings Londoners from different backgrounds together in one joint celebration. We recognise the impact Carnival has on the lives of those who live and work in Notting Hill and surrounding areas and both Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Councils work closely with the organisers to ensure that Carnival is safe and minimises the impact on residents.

Notting Hill Carnival Street Trading 2018

The application process for street trading at Notting Hill Carnival 2018 has not yet opened. Please see our Street Trading page for information on how the process worked last year.

Useful information

Below you will find information on how we manage the impact of the event in the Royal Borough.

Contact information

Carnival Office (Council offices), Pembroke Road Annexe, 37 Pembroke Road, W8 6PW.

If your enquiry is regarding street trading at Notting Hill Carnival, please contact:

If you are a resident in the borough and have concerns, or your enquiry relates to anything else surrounding the event, then please contact the Carnival Office at:

For any enquiries regarding floats, sound systems, marketing, fundraising or press accreditation at carnival, please contact Notting Hill Carnival Ltd. (NHCL) directly: