Posted August 13, 2013 by Rise Guide in Blog

Notting Hill Carnival 2013 Guide

The time has arrived to get out the glitter, Sassy attitude and dancing shoes – it’s Notting Hill Carnival 2013!

We at Rise Guide have put our thinking-head-dresses on and compiled a list of all the info you will need to have an awesome time over Carnival weekend.


Ladbroke Grove / Westbourne Grove and most of the surrounding area (Including Kensal Rise!)


Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August Bank Holiday 2013

Notting Hill Carnival Route Map

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Notting Hill Carnival route map


Carnival After Parties in Kensal Rise

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Carnival at Paradise – Paradise - 7pm, Sunday 25th August – £15 Advance tickets here

Carnival in Space - The Masons Arms – 2pm on Sun and Mon – £15 Advance tickets here

Party on the Rise – The Chamberlayne - 5pm, Sunday 25th August – £3 before 7pm

Uncle Fester Presents the 2013 Carnival CLIMAX – Parlour – 6pm on Sun and Mon – £10/£15 (See Facebook Event)


Sound Systems at Notting Hill Carnival 2013

sound systems at notting hill carnival 2013 kensal rise green guide after parties

Sunday 25th and Monday 26th August 2013

Gaz Block Rockin’ Blues (Ska, Rock, Pop and Punk) - Talbot Road outside no.103, Notting Hill, W2 5BU

Sancho Panza (electro, tech, house and breaks) - Middle Row, W10, Chelsea

CMC Matrix (Drum and Bass)All Saints Road, W11 1HE, Notting Hill.

Norman Jay Good Times Bus (Good-times mix) - Junction of Southern Row and West Row

KCC and the Rocking Crew (US House, House and Anthems) - Wornington Road

Rampage (wide range of sounds) - Junction of Colville Gardens and Colville Terrace, outside no.1

King Tubby€™s (Reggae, Dancehall, Bashment and R&B) - Southern Row / West Row

Channel One Sound system (dub reggae) - Corner of Westbourne Park Road and Leamington Road Villas

Just Monday 26th

Red Bull Music Academy Major Lazer Soundsystem (Sean Paul, Dave Rodigan and Hudson Mohawke) - Under the West Way, corner of Portobello Road and Acklam Road.



Whether you’re new to Carnival music or not, here’s a soca mix for 2013. Best played loudly in your kitchen before heading out!


Handy tips from a regular Carnival Go-er

  • Wear comfortable shoes… unless you want blisters – ooo try and avoid sandals at much cost! By the time you get home your feet are so manky dirty also the risk of broken glass is NOT cute
  • Bring plenty of water… I am not a fan of the £2 bottle of Evian water (the small one…)
  • Bring loo paper and hand sanitizer
  • Try get in by car – unless you wanna drive around for hours looking for a space (also then you can have a drink!)
  •  There is usually a car park on Kempe Road entrance in the Kensal Rise School playground.. (prices ranging from £5-£10)
  • Avoid bringing valuable things – and if you do be aware of your surroundings!
  • I always bring a plaster – you never know!


We wouldn’t want something to ruin what will be one of the biggest parties of the year. There have been incidents over the years so visitors are advised to be extra vigilant. Avoid carrying expensive items and don’t put any valuable items in you back pockets. Bag’s with zips are great, I tend to rely on skinny jeans!


Parking Guide for Notting Hill Carnival 2013



jerk chicken recipe notting hill carnival 2013 kensal rise

Get in the Carnival mood with this awesome Jerk Chicken recipe

You will need:

  • 6 lb Roasting Chicken
  • 1 tbsp. Salt
  • 2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tsp. Soya Sauce
  • 1 small onion
  • 3 tbsp. Jerk Seasoning

First, rub the whole chicken with salt. Grater the onion and rub it into the chicken. Add the Paprika and Garlic powder to the chicken. Rub the Jerk Seasoning all over the whole chicken and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 2 hours. Roast in oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.



rum punch notting hill carnival 2013

Don’t forget the all-important Rum Punch!
  • 1 cup White rum
  • 1/2 cup Dark rum
  • 1/4 cup Coconut rum
  • 2 1/2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 1/2 cups orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 3 tbsp grenadine syrup
  • ice cubes
Mix all ingredients together in a blender or punch bowl. Pour over ice cubes in any type of glass.



Notting Hill Gate: There will be no interchange between the Central and District/Circle lines on either day. On Carnival Sundayand Monday the station will be exit only between 11am and 6pm. On Carnival Monday the Circle and District lines will not stop from12noon to 7.30pm.

Ladbroke Grove: Station closed on Carnival Sunday and Carnival Monday.

Royal Oak and Westbourne Park: Exit-only between 11am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. The latter shuts at 11.30pm. Latimer Road: On Carnival Sunday andMonday the station will close at 11.30pm.

Bayswater, Queensway and Paddington: Operating as normal. Other stations near to the Carnival are High Street Kensington, Holland Park and Queens Park.


While extra services will be in operation, no buses will enter the Carnival area from first thing Sunday morning until the first service on Tuesday morning. On both days bus services begin from Notting Hill Gate in the south and from Harrow Rd (close to Elgin Avenue) in the north. Night buses will also be subject to disruption, with the N7, N18, N28, N31 and N52 all being diverted.


Last year the nearest bike-docking stations – Chepstow Villas and Pembridge Road – were removed for Carnival, so don’t rely on be able to dock your bike nearby this year.

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