Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival is an annual event which takes place in west London on August Bank Holiday Weekend. Check back nearer the time for travel advice for the 2016 event.

**The information on this page relates to the 2016 event - please check back nearer the time for details of 2017's travel changes**

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to visit the Notting Hill Carnival this year - the biggest event of its kind in Europe.

This event means that on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August 2016:

  • Roads will be closed in the Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park areas, with a large number of pedestrians expected
  • Tube and rail will be the best way to get around London during the weekend. But some stations in west London will be busier than usual; some will be exit only or closed during the event; and Night Tube services won't apply on the Sunday and Monday nights
  • Buses around the event area will be on diversion or will terminate earlier than usual

To find out more about the event, visit the Notting Hill Carnival's website.

    Travel map

    The map below shows the nearest bus stops and stations to the carnival route and viewing areas.


      To create a safe environment during the carnival there will be major road closures around Notting Hill, Ladbroke Grove and Westbourne Park from 02:00 Sunday 28 August until 05:00 Tuesday 30 August.

      If you can, avoid the parts of west London listed below, or allow extra time for your journey.

      Road closures

      02:00-05:00 Sunday 28 August

      • Westbourne Park Road (between Great Western Road and Ladbroke Grove)
      • Elgin Crescent
      • Kensington Park Road (between Westbourne Grove and Elgin Crescent)
      • Cambridge Gardens (between St Marks Road and Ladbroke Grove)
      • Lane restrictions on Great Western Road

        07:00-23:59 Sunday 28 August
        07:00 Monday 29 August to 05:00 Tuesday 30 August

        The road closure boundaries are:

        • Harrow Road in the north
        • Notting Hill Gate in the south
        • Clarendon Road in the west
        • Queensway in the east

        Traffic impact

        Because of the closures above, traffic is likely to be slow-moving at:

        • Edgware Road (A5)
        • Harrow Road
        • Holland Park Avenue
        • Notting Hill Gate
        • Bayswater Road

        Local parking restrictions will apply. Find out more at Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea's sites.

        For the latest information on how the roads are operating, see our traffic status updates page or follow @TfLTrafficNews on Twitter.


        From around 05:00 on Sunday 28 August to 05:00 on Tuesday 30 August, buses around Notting Hill and North Kensington will be on diversion or will terminate earlier than usual to avoid the road closures.

        During these times, buses will start from the Prince of Wales on Harrow Road to the north of the carnival area. To the south of the carnival area, buses will start from Notting Hill Gate.

        Affected bus routes include: 7, 16, 18, 23, 27, 28, 31, 46, 52, 70, 94, 98, 148, 220, 228, 274, 295, 316, 328, 332, 390, 414, 452, N7, N16, N18, N28, N31, N98 and N207.

        • Extra buses will run on routes 2, 36, 205, 436 which can be found on Journey Planner as 2X, 36X, 205X and 436X
        • There will be extra day and night buses serving the Notting Hill Carnival, but buses in west London are expected to be busier than usual, so allow plenty of time for your journey

        For the latest information on how buses are operating, see our bus status updates or follow @TfLBusAlerts on Twitter.


        Tube and Rail will be the best way to get around London on the weekend, although stations in west London will be busier than usual

        For safety reasons some stations may close temporarily to prevent overcrowding. It may be worthwhile walking part of your journey or finding an alternative route.

        Changes to services in west London on Sunday 28 and Monday 29 August include:

        • Ladbroke Grove: closed on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
        • Latimer Road: closed after 23:30 on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
        • Notting Hill Gate: on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the station will be exit-only between 11:00-19:00 and the Circle/District lines will not stop
        • Westbourne Park: exit-only between 11:00-18:00 and closed at 23:30 on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday
        • Royal Oak: exit-only after 11:00 and closed at 18:00 on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday

        These nearby stations may be busier than usual:

        Touching out at stations near the carnival

        There will be times when you can't touch out as you leave a station as the ticket gates may be left open to help with congestion.

        When this happens, we'll attempt to complete your journey for you. This can sometimes mean you pay more for the journey than expected, however this is refunded after the event.

        If you're due a refund when we 'automatically complete' a journey, we will send your refund to the station you use most often. It loads on to your Oyster card automatically when you next touch your card on a yellow card reader, as you enter or leave the station.

        Please be advised that you must have enough funds on your Oyster card to cover both journeys, bearing in mind you may be charged more than you think for the first journey as mentioned above.

        More information on how to request a refund if you think you have been charged a maximum fare for a journey during Notting Hill Carnival can be found in our Oyster card refunds and replacements section.

        Planned engineering work

        • Northern line: From Saturday 27 to Monday 29 August, no service between Hampstead and Edgware while we replace track at Colindale
        • TfL Rail: From Sunday 28 to Monday 29 August, no service between Liverpool Street and Stratford while Network Rail carry out track improvement work
        • Check the National Rail website for details of rail engineering works

        For up-to-date information on how transport services are running, see our status updates page or follow @TfLTravelAlerts on Twitter.

        Taxis & minicabs

        Taxis and minicabs will run as normal, but some journey times will be affected by traffic in the area. Please re-route or allow plenty of time for your journey.

        For up-to-date information for the taxi and private hire industry, visit our taxis and minicabs section or follow @TfLTPH on Twitter.


        The following Santander docking stations in the carnival area will be suspended between 21:00 Saturday 27 August to 07:00 Tuesday 30 August:

        • All Saints Road
        • All Saints Church Portobello
        • Blenheim Crescent
        • Chepstow Villas
        • Gloucester Terrace
        • Hereford Road
        • Lansdowne Walk
        • Ladbroke Grove Central
        • Notting Hill Gate Station
        • Pembridge Villas
        • St Marks Road
        • Turquoise Island
        • Westbourne Park Road

        All other docking stations will remain available, but local traffic may make it difficult for us to redistribute bikes across west London. You can check availability using our live docking station map.

        Follow @SantanderCycles on Twitter for the latest updates.


        The road closures mean a number of coaches will be on diversion and/or using alternative stops.

        Contact your coach operator for details of changes and allow plenty of time to travel

        Deliveries in London

        If you make or receive deliveries in west London over the weekend, you may be affected by road closures and congestion. Talk to your customers and suppliers now, and consider changing the day of your deliveries or using alternative routes.

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