Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

Bank Holiday Weekend 2021- Carnival is off the streets

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Notting Hill Carnival will not be taking place on the streets over the August bank holiday weekend, 29-30 August 2021. 

Instead, the Carnival community has come together to create Carnival Culture In The Park, a series of smaller, ticketed events that will take place on 19,20 and 21 August at Opera Holland Park. 

Find out more about Carnival Culture In The Park events.

Safety is a top priority for the Carnival organisers and so they have introduced more manageable events to reduce the amount of people in any one space. However the organisers look forward to returning to the streets as usual in 2022. 

Notting Hill Carnival Ltd, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Councils and the Metropolitan Police are working together to ensure we all have a safe bank holiday weekend and celebrate Carnival at home or in small groups.

As the event is not taking place on our streets this year, there are very few changes to our services. More information will be available in the form of leaflets for residents and businesses shortly. 

Information for residents

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Notting Hill Carnival will not be taking place on the streets over the August bank holiday weekend, 29-30 August 2021.

Instead, the Carnival community has come together to create a series of smaller, ticketed events before the weekend. This will be streamed over the bank holiday and can be viewed from the comfort of your sofa.

The coverage will feature all of the elements we know and love about Notting Hill Carnival including steel pan, costumes, music and sound systems. More information about how to view it can be accessed at www.nhcarnival.org.

Safety is a top priority for the Carnival organisers and so they have introduced more manageable events to reduce the amount of people in any one space. However the organisers look forward to returning to the streets as usual in 2022.

“Although Carnival won’t be held on the streets of Notting Hill this year, we’re really pleased that we’re able to celebrate together through a series of other events and online streaming.”

Matthew Phillip, Executive Director of Notting Hill Carnival Ltd.

The Organisers, Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster City Councils and the Metropolitan Police are working together to ensure we all have a safe bank holiday weekend and celebrate Carnival at home or in small groups.

As the event is not taking place on our streets this year, there are very few changes to our services.

Vehicle access in the area

There will be no Carnival-related road closures, barriers or parking suspensions on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August unless otherwise stated.

Street Cleaning and Waste Collection

In Kensington and Chelsea, on bank holiday Monday there will be normal rubbish and recycling collections, but Too Big for the Bin (bulky waste collections) will not take place.

Please ensure you put your rubbish and recycling out before 7am on your day of collection (not the night before). Local garden waste collections will operate as normal on Wednesday 1 September. For more information visit www.rbkc.gov.uk/binsandrecycling

In WCC, services will run as normal. Please check your collection date on
http://transact.westminster.gov.uk/env/.

If your waste is not collected by the City Council, please check with your private commercial waste collector for their service provision during the bank holiday weekend. If they cannot collect, then please do not place waste on Westminster streets.

Staying Safe

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  • Continue to stay alert and be mindful of others
  • Follow the rules of the venues and locations you’re visiting
  • Get tested for Covid-19 regularly and if you’re going out to socialise, take a test before you leave home
  • Continue to limit the number of people you socialise with
  • Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap and for at least 20 seconds, if unavailable use hand sanitiser
  • Wear a face covering on all public transport
  • If meeting up with friends do it outdoors or if indoors, open the windows to let in lots of fresh air
  • If you haven’t already, make an appointment to get your Covid-19 jab.

Please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus for the latest government advice.

By following their guidance, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, and your community.

Helplines and Contacts

Kensington and Chelsea
Noise Problems
General Enquiries
August Bank Holiday phoneline
  • T: 020 7361 3868
  • Saturday 28 August – 12-9pm,
  • Sunday 29, Monday 30 August – 9am-9pm
Police
  • www.met.police.uk
  • Metropolitan Police Non-emergency: Call 101.
  • For emergencies: Call 999
  • Twitter @MetPoliceEvents
Travel
  • www.tfl.gov.uk for updates
  • TfL are running normal Bus and Tube services over the weekend
Notting Hill Carnival Ltd
Information for businesses

As a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, Notting Hill Carnival will be off the streets for a second year running during the August bank holiday weekend, 29-30 August 2021.

Instead, the Carnival community has come together to create a series of smaller, ticketed events taking place before the weekend. This will be streamed over the bank holiday and can be viewed from the comfort of your home. For more information about how to view, visit www.nhcarnival.org.

As the event is not taking place on our streets this year, there are very few changes to our services.

Vehicle access in the area

There will be no Carnival-related road closures, barriers or parking suspensions on Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August unless otherwise stated.

Street Cleaning and Waste Collection

Business waste collection will be operating a normal service, with all commercial streets in the main shopping areas cleared at least three times over the bank holiday weekend.

If your waste is not collected by the Council, please check with your private commercial waste collector for their service provision during the bank holiday weekend. If they cannot collect, then please do not place waste on the streets.

External tables and chairs

We are aware that many premises have been granted permission to have tables and chairs placed on the public highway. These premises are asked to manage their tables and chairs in a responsible way. Officers from the Metropolitan Police and Council may approach you during the bank holiday weekend and request that these be removed to minimise any public safety issues.

Advice from the NHS and Public Health England for you and your staff

  • Continue to stay alert and be mindful of others
  • Ensure Covid rules and guidance for your premises are clear and visible to both your staff and your customers
  • Continue to limit the number of people on your premises at any one time
  • Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap and for at least 20 seconds, or if unavailable use hand sanitiser
  • Provide hand sanitiser for customers, ideally at the entrance to your premises
  • Complete a health and safety risk assessment that includes the risk from Covid-19
  • Turn away people with Covid-19 symptoms
  • Enable people to check in at your venue with the NHS Test and Trace app or manually record their details
  • Ensure a good flow of fresh air in your premises, if possible
  • Get tested for Covid-19 regularly
  • If you or your staff haven’t already, make an appointment to get your Covid-19 jab.

FAQs for businesses

For businesses in the area, we recognise the importance of the bank holiday for trading, so we have provided some key information for safe and successful trading over the weekend, to protect lives and livelihoods.

Can I host Carnival-related events on my business premises?

It is still recommended that all businesses operate within the current Government guidance to minimise the spread of Covid-19, which includes the recommendation to maintain social distancing. Therefore, we do not support any events or activities that will encourage large gatherings of people that bring the potential for spreading the virus or creating anti-social behaviour. If you are planning an event on your premises, please ensure it is fully ticketed, sold in advance and not advertised as having a connection to the Notting Hill Carnival. If any events are licensed for serving alcohol, please serve responsibly to avoid over consumption, where social distancing is harder to maintain, and anti-social behaviour may ensue.

Do I need to board-up or close my premises?

As there is no on-street event this year, there should be no disruption to your trading. The organisers, both Westminster and Kensington and Chelsea councils, and the police are working together to ensure we all stay safe, and do not support any group gatherings or street parties over the weekend.

How can I make sure that I am following current guidance?

Street Ambassadors will be out and about in the area providing support and advice to businesses on issues such as managing queues and outside dining or drinking.

If you need any further details about operating safely, you can find business advice at www.rbkc.gov.uk/reopening-business.

To keep up with the latest business-related news and updates, sign up to Kensington and Chelsea’s dedicated business e-newsletter ‘Business Matters’. Simply visit www.rbkc.gov.uk and scroll down to ‘Sign up to e-newsletters’.

Helplines and Contacts

Kensington and Chelsea
Noise Problems
General Enquiries
August Bank Holiday phoneline
  • T: 020 7361 3868
  • Saturday 28 August – 12-9pm,
  • Sunday 29, Monday 30 August – 9am-9pm
Police
  • www.met.police.uk
  • Metropolitan Police Non-emergency: Call 101.
  • For emergencies: Call 999
  • Twitter @MetPoliceEvents
Travel
  • www.tfl.gov.uk for updates
  • TfL are running normal Bus and Tube services over the weekend
Notting Hill Carnival Ltd

Contact information

Organiser:

General enquiries

Notting Hill Carnival (NHCL)

Council:

General enquiries

Before and after the event - Council's Carnival Office:

  • Telephone: 020 7341 5109 (weekdays only, 9am to 5pm)
  • Use our online Report It form to contact the council

August Bank Holiday phoneline

  • (Saturday 28 August 12pm-9pm, Sunday 29 and Monday 30 August 9am-9pm, with an out of hours message outside of those times).
  • Email: carnival@rbkc.gov.uk

Noise problems

Housing Services

Last updated: 20 August 2021