London Carnival aka Notting Hill is one of the world’s largest street festivals, I can’t even begin to put into words how many people were out and about on Carnival Tuesday. Endless blocks of people ram packed, just a sea of people. London Carnival is said to have somewhere around 2.5 million attendees. To put that into perspective, Trinidad carnival has around somewhere around 35,000 visitors for carnival. The parade is well organized, although at times it was gridlock because the entire planet and even some neighboring planets were out there. London has an extensive train system so it was very easy to get to and leave the parade, it also made affordable lodging easy to secure because you could stay near or far and train to the parade. The costumes & J’ouvert were very affordable (PS: they do provide limited booze so be sure to bring your own to keep the party going).
A a portion of my carnival spreadsheet so you can see just affordable the fetes were, they are apparently not about that all-inclusive / drink inclusive fete life over there. No biggie, I had a flask or 2 of over proof rum *wink* Anywho, excuse Tuesday. I like to tell myself that I’m a cool cat, but then other times I have to admit that I’m a dork. This was my first time in London and I didn’t get to do much sight-seeing, but because I am a ginormous Harry Potter fan, I had no plans on leaving London without going to see Harry Potter’s Platform 9 ¾. I’m pretty sure it was the highlight of my trip. Don’t worry you get to enjoy my Harry Potter experience too, it deserved its on Youtube video (below).
So here are few stolen moments from my Notting Hill trip along with a recap video of carnival Sunday & Monday.
|Scorch _uck Work|
|Pon De Roof|
|Ruk a Tuck|
|Kind strangers sharing their booze and cigs after Tribe Ignite|
|Minimal amount of tourist mode|
|Got to see the famous Tower Bridge only because it was next to my hotel|
|Jouvert with Chocolate Nation Mas|
|I met this lovely young lady Jamaica Carnival 2016 & she wore her new collar to Knotting Hill carnival the next year and now she plays mas in the kiddie carnival :-)|
|Monday mas w/ Chocolate Nation as well|
|Shout out to my Carnivam Compadres|
|She was TOO cute to not give my collar too, super early in the day.|
*Drum Roll Please* the recap vido
Platform 9 3/4 at King's Cross Station