Summer, well what passes for summer is fast approaching here in London and that means sessions with my friend cider in the park and getting among the activities that come to life when the sun burns bright-ish. Last year I arrived a little late and a fair bit broke so am looking forward to a little more fun this time around.
My very first event last year and one I’ll be looking forward to attending again this year was the Notting Hill Carnival. Described as a full-blooded Caribbean Carnival with its stunning floats and costumes, amazing aroma’s of food and various sound systems setup across the entire area you wouldn’t want to miss it.
People are everywhere and I mean everywhere. Imagine the busiest club you’ve ever been in and then take it outside to the streets, it’s utter chaos but so so awesome. Throughout the day we fought our way through the crowds to different sound system setups and danced around like idiots with the masses.
Scattered all around the streets with their fires burning and the aromas just pulling you in were the food stalls. Jerk Chicken, Curried Goat and Rice and Beans were prominent dishes and soon became my new favourite foods.
And the carnival wouldn’t be complete without the vibrant coloured costumes. Unfortunately I missed the floats going past but having seen just a sample of what people were dressed up in, I really want to make time for them this year.
I will warn you though, if you have a tiny bladder then learn to either hold it or pay up for the privilege. With a million or so people all partying and drinking in the streets of London, toilet’s are going to be required. The problem? your just in any old street in London and there isn’t any. Many entrepreneurs capitalising on this and opened up their houses for a fee and while some signs did say luxury, after half a day of people tramping through they were far from it.
Overall if you haven’t been before and you find yourself in London for the August bank holiday weekend then get yourself up to Notting Hill and take part in the largest street festival in all of Europe. The atmosphere will be pumping and you can’t help but be excited.