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Notting Hill Carnival Guide 2019

Notting Hill Carnival 2019

The world’s largest street carnival is finally here, who’s excited?!

Notting Hill Carnival, taking place this year on August 25th and 26th, is a spectacular event, celebrating Caribbean heritage with traditional reggae, meringue, calypso, rumba, and zouk music, and street vendors selling food mainly Caribbean focused, with other cuisine creeping in there too!

If you; love dancing to loud music, surrounded by outstanding, vibrant costumes, enjoying traditional Caribbean food that is just at your fingertips, and want to celebrate London’s rich, varied and magnificent multicultural past and present, then Notting Hill Carnival is the event to attend this Bank Holiday Weekend!

With the annual event attracting around 2 million people each year, the Carnival can be quite overwhelming to say the least! So, Strictly Recruitment wanted to provide you with a quick step by step guide with information, tips and travel details about Notting Hill Carnival 2019, so you can make the most of out of this wonderful street festival!





  • With the sheer size of this amazing Carnival, it is important to plan ahead and figure out your route well in advance. The main parade begins on Great Western Road, leading to Chepstow Road, and moving its way through Westbourne Park, Westbourne Grove and Bayswater.
  • Anyone making their way to Queensway, Notting Hill Gate and Holland Park will be able to travel on the Central Line, and the Circle and Hammersmith & City lines will be serving Westbourne Park, Ladbroke Grove and Latimer Road. However, remember that due to overcrowding, it’s important to be aware that these stations could be closed at any time.
  • If you are travelling by bus, again plan ahead and arrive early, especially as some bus routes will be pedestrianised and possibly rerouted.
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  • Bring cash- many of the stalls dotted around the carnival only take cash, and ATM’s will have long queues (or even run out of money completely). However, to be extra safe, have a card ready to use just in case.
  • Dress for all weathers – British weather as we all know is temperamental, so dress for sunshine and showers, and also wear comfortable shoes for all the walking.
  • Meet everyone early and outside the carnival- Mobile phone signal will be nearly non-existent, and crowds will be huge, so make sure you meet all of your fellow carnival attendees early, and far away from the event.


  • Sunday: The best day for families with young children would be the Sunday party, known as family day. The children’s parade usually begins at 9am with younger performers dancing through the streets, then the main open ceremony at 10am, followed by the parade which begins at 10.30am.
  • Monday: If the Sunday is too calm for you, then the Bank Holiday Monday will be more your scene!


The family-friendly day will have smaller crowds compared to Monday and plenty of kid-inspired floats in the parade, BUT make sure you are still well prepared for big crowds and a busy environment. Best advice would be to bring travel potties where appropriate, as the queues for the toilets can be extremely long. Pack snacks and water, as kids and long queues don’t really mix well! Family workshops usually take place at Emslie Horniman Pleasance Park, along with Caribbean food and drink stalls. If you prefer more of a party scene, then the Monday is definitely the day for you to attend. With 60 bands wandering through the streets in remarkable costumes.

This year, there will also be a Silence for Grenfell (72 seconds) commemoration at 3pm on both the Sunday and Monday, following a 2-minute announcement.

We hope this guide helps you to prepare for an amazing weekend! And once you have well and truly enjoyed the Bank Holiday, check out some of our vacancies on the ‘Job Search’ page.

Blog credit: 

Londonist, Timeout, The Telegraph