Notting Hill Carnival 2022: Road closures, tube restrictions and buses

People swarm the streets during Notting Hill Carnival

Because you can’t have a street festival without closing a few streets… (Image: Dinendra Haria/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty)

Notting Hill Carnival is a major festival in the London calendar.

But that means traveling through certain parts of the capital will be challenging.

There will be a lot of road closures nearby due to the huge parade and street festival that will meander through W10 and draw throngs of revelers.

Whether you’re trying to catch the celebrations or just trying to get from A to B during operations, it’s certainly useful to be aware of what’s happening in order to minimize travel time.

With that in mind, here is a guide to all the road closures, rerouted buses and closed tube stations for the Notting Hill Carnival.

Which roads are closed during Notting Hill Carnival?

A number of roads will be closed or affected by the carnival in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Woman in parade at Notting Hill Carnival

A number of roads are closed due to the carnival (Image: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

You can check the affected streets Click here for the official website of the municipal council.

Road closures for Notting Hill Carnival

In Westminster the following roads will be closed for Carnival from 6am Sunday 28th August to 6am Tuesday 30th August:

  • Aldridge Road Villas
  • Alexanderstr
  • Alexandra Meis
  • Alfred Street
  • Artesian Road
  • Bishop’s Bridge Road from Porchester Road to Westbourne Grove
  • Bot Mews
  • Bridstow Square
  • Chepstow Street
  • Courtnell Street
  • Durham Terrace
  • Elgin Avenue, between Harrow Road and Chippenham Road
  • Fermoy Street
  • Harrow Road, from Ladbroke Grove to the Great Western Road
  • Hatherley Grove
  • Hereford Street
  • Hormead Street
  • Kildare Gardens
  • Kildare Terrace
  • Lancaster Street
  • Mansions on Leamington Road
  • Ledbury Street
  • Monmouth Square
  • Monmouth Street
  • Moorhausstrasse
  • Newton street
  • Northumberland Square
  • Queensway, between Westbourne Grove and Porchester Road (although access to Queensway from Bayswater Road is permitted for parking purposes)
  • Redan Square
  • Shrewsbury Stables
  • Shrewsbury Street
  • St Luke Street
  • Stephen’s Crescent
  • St. Stephen’s Gardens
  • St Stephen’s Stables
  • Sutherlandplatz
  • Sutherland Terrace
  • Talbot Street
  • Tavistock Crescent
  • Close Wellington
  • Westbourne Gardens
  • Westbourne Grove
  • Westbourne Grove Terrace
  • Westbourne Park Road
  • Westbourne Park Mansions
  • Western Street
  • Ledbury Street
  • Woodfield Place
  • Waldfeldstrasse
A number of areas in two boroughs are affected – Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, pictured (Image: Westminster Council)

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Also in Westminster, traffic will be diverted in both directions around the following ring routes:

  • Harrow Road, Porchester Road, Bishops Bridge Road, Inverness Terrace, Bayswater Road, Notting Hill Gate
  • Holland Park Avenue, Uxbridge Road, Wood Lane, Scrubs Lane, Harrow Road.

For more information on the streets during the Notting Hill Carnival visit the Westminster Council website.

Which tube stations have restrictions during the Notting Hill Carnival?

Because Carnival is such a popular event, nearby subway stations will be very busy – some closing early, closing entirely, or facing other types of disruption to normal service.

Notting Hill Gate underground sign

Expect stations like Notting Hill Gate to close earlier than usual during Carnival (Picture: Getty)

Pipe closures and timetable changes

The following stations are affected by the festival:

  • Ladbroke Grove The train station is completely closed on both days.
  • Holland Park closes at 3pm while royal oak closes at 18:00 (opens at 11:00, exit only).
  • Notting Hill Tor closes at 7pm (opens at 11am, exit only) – but the District/Circle Line does not stop here or connect with the Central Line and may be closed during peak hours.
  • Latimer Park will close later each night at 11.30pm but temporary closures are also possible here if it gets too crowded.
  • Westbourne Park The station is expected to be ridiculously busy, so you might want to try a different station – however, if you choose to do so, the exit is only from 11am to 6pm and closes at 11.30pm.

Of course, it is advisable to keep an eye on it Transport for London (TfL) website for status updates this weekend if planning to use their services to reach Notting Hill Carnival.

Which buses are affected during the Notting Hill Carnival?

Last but not least: the buses.

Of course, buses that normally pass the parade route cannot do this over the weekend.

The Notting Hill Carnival official website advises that the following buses will be taking different routes than usual – expected to be from Sunday 28th August until the early morning of Tuesday 30th August.

Bus routes affected by the carnival

The affected buses are as follows:

  • 2
  • 7
  • 16
  • 18
  • 23
  • 27
  • 28
  • 31
  • 36
  • 46
  • 52
  • 70
  • 94
  • 98
  • 148
  • 205 (already diverted due to route changes)
  • 220
  • 228
  • 295
  • 316
  • 328
  • 332
  • 414
  • 452
  • N7
  • N16
  • N18
  • N28
  • N31
  • N98
  • N205
  • N207

There is also a London bus strike on Sunday and Monday, affecting buses until 5am on Tuesday – including some of the buses mentioned above, namely the 18, 70, 94, 148, 220 and N18.

Many more buses are affected by the strike, which you can find out more about on the TfL website.

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