August bank holiday weekend can mean only one thing in London… it’s carnival time! So don the feathers, loosen those hips, and grab that whistle to enjoy two days of West-Indian style partying in the heart of West London’s Ladbroke Grove! Yes, we know it’s crowded and challenging to get to if you’re not in that neck of the woods, but it is THE essential bank holiday activity in the capital – and once you’re there with the throngs of people with a can of Red Stripe and a portion of jerk chicken, the trauma of arriving will be a distant memory, guaranteed!
Since its beginnings in 1966, the carnival has developed to become the largest festival of its kind in Europe. It runs over 2 days, Sunday being the ‘Family Day’ and Monday, a more adult affair – but to be honest, the fun happens throughout both. As usual, there will be a huge array of sound system crews to visit; recently, Diplo’s indoor Monday party has become a bit of a hit but there is also the favourites Aba Shanti and Sancho Panza who always gets the sunshine out. We just can’t wait! (Words: Laura Thornley)
Notting Hill Carnival 2011 takes place August 28th and 29th. For more info about this year’s event, visit: www.thenottinghillcarnival.com