What’s on Guide and Route Map for Notting Hill Carnival 2019. Get ready for the explosion of culture and colour at the upcoming Carnival 2019 London event.
Put on your dancing shoes for Europe’s biggest street festival.
The Notting Hill Carnival 2019 free annual musical entertainment event takes place (since 1966) in the streets of Notting Hill, West London in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Pulsating to the beats of soulful music – the streets of London will come alive with the rich intoxicating flavour of far away places, with the hugely anticipated grande finale on the August Bank Holiday Monday.
Centered around the infamous Ladbroke grove — there will be a near-endless parade of striking performances. The greatest spectacle on earth!
We give you the ultimate lowdown on the who, what, why, when and where to help guide you to your perfect summer festival destination.
Who is Carnival 2019 for?
“Carnival is for everyone” — the young and the old, the brave and the bold. It isn’t called Europe’s biggest street festival – for no reason. The area is populated by the busting Portobello Market and an incredible array of pop-up stalls, shops, bars, parks and street entertainment.
Kids Dragon Costumes
What is the London Notting Hill Carnival 2019? And Why?
Carnival is one heck of a street party. It dates back to 1966 bringing together the expat community of the Caribbean in celebration of the Caribbean culture.
The Notting Hill Carnival 2019 is the premier one-stop party destination, with over 2 million party revellers expected to attend the festivities. DJ’s, Bands, Singers and Performers will entertain the crowds with Calypso, Soca, Rap, Reggae, Blues, Soul and modern popular Dance music. Notwithstanding the members of the public (and body-popping Police) who are often the best entertainment.
So, When is the London Notting Hill Carnival 2019?
This years 2019 programme sees another 3 day event, with carnival events taking place over the bank holiday weekend of the 24th, 25th and 26th of August 2019.
Day 1 – Saturday 24th August 2019: Panorama
- Time: 19:00 – 23:00
Panorama is the UK National Panorama steelband competition – which takes place between the hours of 7pm and 11pm BST on 24th August 2019. The £10 entry fee – open air competition event is held in Emslie Horniman Pleasance park, Bosworth Road, W10, and sees eight bands / orchestras play majestic live compositions from memory.
Day 2 – Sunday 25th August 2019: J’Ouvert and Children’s / Family Day
- Time: 06:00 – 09:00 (J’Ouvert) , then 10:00 – 20:30 (Main parades and Street Party)
The Children’s Sunday Parade / Family Day is a ‘slightly’ quieter affair than the bank holiday Monday. It is still very busy & bustling, but with a slightly more considerate crowd. There are many floats and processions with booming sound systems and a plethora of splendorous colourful costume displays.
J’Ouvert is a tradition throughout parts of the Caribbean where participants (also known as “Jab Jabs”) wear chains and smear paint, mud & oil on their bodies and throw powdered paints & liquids at each other. The activities start at 6am (nice and early) on Sunday morning at Canal Way (Ladbroke Grove W10) ending at 9am – before the main processions begin at 10am.
During the main carnival event (10am – 8:30pm) – Live festival style music can be enjoyed at Powis Square and Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance park.
Day 3 – Monday 26th August 2019: Bank Holiday
- 10:00 – 20:30 (Main parades and Street Party)
If you thought Sunday was gonna be busy (and it will be) — then be prepared to play sardines on Bank Holiday Monday.
Party like a Pro
Cwazy Party Girls
The Carnival will get busy with millions of visitors expected to descend on West London over the 3 days of events.
Soak up the music, party and atmosphere with plenty of exotic food and Jamaican rum to help wash them down.
Wray and his Nephew !
Notting Hill Carnival 2019 is the world-wide renowned celebration of West Indian history, traditions, culture and music. A diverse platform welcoming all to one of the worlds greatest traditional celebrations .
Jump n Dance
Not to be confused with the similarly named Nottingham Carnival.
Where does the Notting Hill Carnival take place?
Slap bang in the heart of West London, England centred around the Notting Hill area W10/W11 encircled by the main roads: Ladbroke Grove, Kensal Road, Westbourne Grove and Westbourne Park. The area featured in the hugely popular 1999 “Notting Hill” romcom film – staring Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts.
Notting Hill Carnival Route // Sound SYSTEM // Toilets Map
First Aid & Toilets Map 2018 – [Click map to enlarge] – courtesy of Notting Hill Carnival Limited (awaiting 2019 update)
Sound Systems & Music Map 2018 – [Click map to enlarge] – courtesy of Notting Hill Carnival Limited (awaiting 2019 update)
Official Site: Notting Hill Carnival