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The Notting Hill Carnival is set to return this coming Bank Holiday weekend, August 27th – 29th 2022.
It’s been 3 long years since this colourful and flamboyant festival last graced the streets of West London and we’re looking forward to seeing it return with gusto. Billed as one of the largest and most spectacular carnivals in the World, an amazing audience of 2 million people is expected to participate over the Bank Holiday period.
Saturday afternoon – 27th August 2022
The event kicks off with the UK National Panorama Steelband Competition at Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance Park, on Saturday 27th August 4pm – 12am. Featuring a family-friendly mix of food stalls, bars, large screens, and DJs alongside the upbeat and warm tones of the steel drums.
Sunday – 28th August 2022
Sunday is family day so is not quite as wild as Monday, with the Children’s Parade taking centre stage from 10.30am.
Bank Holiday – Monday 29th August 2022
Monday sees the ‘event proper’ as the Carnival takes to the streets in an exciting flutter of colour, costume and joyful calypso and reggae music in true homage to Caribbean culture. The Carnival usually follows a similar route every year and covers the W10 and W11 streets of London around the Notting Hill, Kensal Road, Ladbroke Grove, Westbourne Park, and Westbourne Grove.
Notting Hill Carnival route 2022
Apart from putting on your glad rags and preparing for a real treat, it’s important to be aware of the restrictions that come into force. You can download the official Notting Hill Event Guide here to get the full picture.
To facilitate the Carnival, roads will be closed, so make sure your au-fait with the plan as they are strict and enforced – even if you are a resident.
You can see complete list of roads closed at the government Westminster website.
As a resident, not only will you have easy access to the event and all the wonderful food stalls that will be populating the area, you can dip in an out at will. Yet historically some residents have found it overwhelming, preferring to retreat or even board-up their property to protect it from the masses.
Whatever your approach, we have come across a whole range of creative and rather interesting solutions to tackling, and indeed engaging, the onslaught of visitors*:
Whatever your carnival ‘style’, we hope you enjoy the weekend and the vibrancy and vitality of this wonderful cultural phenomenon.
*As always, if you’re a tenant do check out the terms of your lease, and be sure to treat your property with respect.