Notting Hill Carnival 2022: Road closures, Tube station restrictions, and diverted buses

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

Notting Hill Carnival is a major celebration in London’s calendar.

But that means travel through certain parts of the capital will be a challenge.

Loads of road closures are happening nearby, due to the huge parade and street party that will be weaving its way through W10, attracting swathes of revellers.

Whether you’re trying to reach the festivities or are just trying to get from A to B while it’s on, it’s certainly useful to be aware of what’s happening to minimise travel time.

With that in mind, here’s a guide to all of the Notting Hill Carnival road closures, diverted buses and shuttered Tube stations.

Which roads will be closed during Notting Hill Carnival?

In the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a number of roads will be closed or affected by the carnival.

A number of roads close for the Carnival (Picture: Lexie Harrison-Cripps/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

You can check the roads that are impacted on the borough council’s official website here.

Road closures for Notting Hill Carnival

In Westminster, the following roads are closed for the carnival from 6am on Sunday, August 28 until 6am on Tuesday, August 30:

  • Aldridge Road Villas 
  • Alexander Street 
  • Alexandra Mews 
  • Alfred Road 
  • Artesian Road 
  • Bishop’s Bridge Road from Porchester Road to Westbourne Grove 
  • Botts Mews 
  • Bridstow Place 
  • Chepstow Road 
  • Courtnell Street 
  • Durham Terrace 
  • Elgin Avenue, between Harrow Road and Chippenham Road 
  • Fermoy Road 
  • Harrow Road, from Ladbroke Grove to Great Western Road 
  • Hatherley Grove 
  • Hereford Road 
  • Hormead Road 
  • Kildare Gardens 
  • Kildare Terrace 
  • Lancaster Road 
  • Leamington Road Villas 
  • Ledbury Road 
  • Monmouth Place 
  • Monmouth Road 
  • Moorhouse Road 
  • Newton Road 
  • Northumberland Place 
  • Queensway, between Westbourne Grove and Porchester Road (though access will be allowed into Queensway from Bayswater Road, for parking purposes)
  • Redan Place 
  • Shrewsbury Mews 
  • Shrewsbury Road 
  • St Luke’s Road 
  • St Stephen’s Crescent 
  • St Stephen’s Gardens 
  • St Stephen’s Mews 
  • Sutherland Place 
  • Sutherland Terrace 
  • Talbot Road 
  • Tavistock Crescent 
  • Wellington Close 
  • Westbourne Gardens 
  • Westbourne Grove 
  • Westbourne Grove Terrace 
  • Westbourne Park Road 
  • Westbourne Park Villas 
  • Western Road 
  • Ledbury Road 
  • Woodfield Place 
  • Woodfield Road
A number of areas are affected across two boroughs – Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster, pictured (Picture: Westminster Council)

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

  • 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.

You can visit Westminster’s council website for further information on the roads during Notting Hill Carnival.

Which Tube stations have restrictions during Notting Hill Carnival?

As the Carnival is such a popular occasion, nearby Tube stations will be very busy – with some closed early, altogether or facing other types of disruptions to usual service.

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

Tube closures and timetable changes

The following stations will be impacted by the festival:

  • Ladbroke Grove station will be completely closed over the two days.
  • Holland Park will shut at 3pm, while Royal Oak will close at 6pm (opening at 11am, exit only).
  • Notting Hill Gate will close at 7pm (opening at 11am, exit only) – but District/Circle line will not stop here, nor provide interchange to the Central Line, and it may be shut during busy periods.
  • Latimer Park will shut at a later 11.30pm each evening, but temporary closures are also possible here, if it becomes too crowded.
  • Westbourne Park station is expected to be ridiculously busy, so you may want to try another station – however, if you do go for it, it is exit only from 11am to 6pm, and closes at 11.30pm.

Of course, it’s wise to keep an eye on the Transport for London (TfL) website for any status updates this weekend, if you’re planning to use its services to reach Notting Hill Carnival.

Which buses are affected during Notting Hill Carnival?

Last but not least: the buses.

Buses that usually pass through the parade route, obviously, won’t be able to over the weekend.

Notting Hill Carnival’s official website flags that the following buses will be taking different routes than usual – presumably from Sunday, August 28 until early morning on Tuesday, August 30.

Bus routes impacted by the carnival

They affected busses are as follows:

  • 2
  • 7
  • 16
  • 18
  • 23
  • 27
  • 28
  • 31
  • 36
  • 46
  • 52
  • 70
  • 94
  • 98
  • 148
  • 205 (already rerouted 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 happening on Sunday and Monday, impacting buses until 5am Tuesday – which includes a few of the above buses, namely the 18, 70, 94, 148, 220 and N18.

Loads more buses are affected by the strike, which you can learn more about on the TfL website.

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