As you put the final touches to your Notting Hill Carnival bank holiday plan, here’s some useful information to make sure you all have a safe, hiccup-free and fun day out:
Ladbroke Grove tube station will be closed for both days of the Carnival (Sunday 28 and Monday 29). Westbourne Park and Royal Oak will be exit-only on both days from 11am-6pm (before closing at 6.30pm and 11.30pm respectively), while Notting Hill Gate tube is exit-only from noon-6.30pm on Sunday and till 7pm on Monday. Avoid the crowds by using Bayswater, Paddington and High Street Kensington – only a short walk away.
Notting Hill Carnival is perfect for kids to appreciate the beauty of multicultural London. Sunday is the main day for children and is recommended for families due to smaller crowds and special entertainment. There will be meeting points on both days and baby slings are advised (instead of buggies).
What to bring
We recommend comfortable shoes for possible long durations of walking and dancing (leave the heels at home). Hand sanitiser and loo roll is a must for anyone looking for a semi-hygienic toilet experience. Cash machines are available but will be extremely busy, so bring spending money.
Safety and security
Notting Hill Carnival is a safe, family-friendly event with a marginal number of arrests and disturbance each year. However, in light of the recent riots, extra-vigilance is advisable and a large police presence will be on hand. Theft is the number one misdemeanor, so keep an eye on your possessions at all times.
For more info, see Notting Hill Carnival 2011 Guide.