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 is the biggest street Carnival in Europe, attracting thousands of visitors, and is enjoyed by residents alike as one of the most consistent and visible cultural contributions made by London’s Caribbean community. The Council is a committed supporter of Carnival, and provides operational support to the organisers.

Notting Hill Carnival 2018

Notting Hill Carnival attractions map [PDF] (file size 1.68 MB)
Sound systems map [PDF] (file size 1.29 MB)

Please click on the links below for information on each area of Carnival operations:

​Road closures and Parking Suspensions

Resident and Business AccessThe 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.

Safety and SecurityInternational 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.

Street Trading

Preparations across the Carnival footprint

Carnival clear-up

Private / Residential Street Trading

Transport for London

Accessibility information [PDF] (file size 1.8 MB)

For a summary of all of this information and more, please download the Notting Hill Carnival 2018 Residents' booklet:

Contact information

Council's Carnival Office

Please contact the Carnival Office for general information or enquiries:

Please contact the Street Trading Office for enquiries regarding the Council’s licensed Street Trading pitches:

Notting Hill Carnival Ltd (NHCL)

Please contact NHCL for information or enquiries on Carnival arenas, floats, stages, sound systems, and press accreditation: 

Remembrance and Respect for Grenfell

Notting Hill Carnival will be paying respects to the victims, bereaved families and survivors, and all those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Organisers and the local community are working together, with the support of the authorities, to have:

  • a 72-second silence on both Sunday and Monday at 3pm, with a two-minute announcement in the lead up to the silence
  • a quiet space for reflection along the Bramley Road memorial sites and close the Lancaster West Estate to the general public
  • artworks and creative shows of solidarity and remembrance encouraged and led by the community.

The Council’s relationship with Carnival

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea does not organise Notting Hill Carnival - we facilitate the event, alongside Westminster City Council, the Metropolitan Police, the Greater London Authority (GLA) and other London agencies, in order to support the Carnival organisers in achieving a safe and successful Carnival that minimises the impact on residents.

Grant Funding Award for Notting Hill Carnival: 2019 to 2021

We are offering one grant award for the next three years of Carnival, for 2019 to 2021.

Interested groups and organisations should contact the Council by 31 August 2018.

Find out how to give notice of your intention to submit an expression of interest.