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 2017's event. Please check back nearer the time for details of 2018's Notting Hill Carnival**

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 27 and Monday 28 August 2017:

  • 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; Night Tube services don't run on Sunday and Monday nights
  • Buses around west London 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.


Driving

There will be major road closures in West London from 02:00 Sunday 27 August until 05:00 Tuesday 29 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 27 August

  • Westbourne Park Road (between Great Western Road and Ladbroke Grove)
  • Elgin Crescent
  • Kensington Park Road (between Westbourne Grove and Elgin Crescent)

From 07:00-23:59 Sunday 27 August

  • Cambridge Gardens (between St Marks Road and Ladbroke Grove)
  • Lane restrictions on Great Western Road

07:00 Monday 28 August-05:00 Tuesday 29 August

An area of west London will be closed for the carnival. 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.


Buses

From around 05:00 on Sunday 27 August to 05:00 on Tuesday 29 August, buses around the event area 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, 295, 316, 328, 332, 414, 452, N7, N16, N18, N28, N31, N98 and N207.

  • Extra buses will run on routes 2, 36 and 205 which can be found on Journey Planner as 2X, 36X and 205X
  • 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

On both Sunday 27 and Monday 28 August, changes include:

These nearby stations may be busier than usual:

Touching out at stations near the carnival

If a station is particularly busy, you may not be able to touch out. When this happens, we'll aim to automatically correct your fare. Where possible, we'll send any refund to the station you use most, for it to be loaded on your card when you next touch in or out.

You can check the balance on your card at any Tube station ticket machine.

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 Refunds and replacements section.

Planned engineering work

The Bank Holiday weekend is a busy time for planned works that may affect your journey. Check our status updates page and enter a future date for an overview of changes. Or enter the date, time and your journey details in our Journey Planner.

National Rail customers should check the National Rail Enquiries site.

For live information on how services are running, check 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.


Cycling

The following Santander docking stations in the carnival area will be suspended between 21:00 Saturday 26 August to 07:00 Tuesday 29 August:

  • All Saints Church Portobello
  • All Saints Road
  • Blenheim Crescent
  • Chepstow Villas
  • Hereford Road
  • Ladbroke Grove Central
  • Landsdowne Walk
  • 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.


Coaches

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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