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25 August 2010

Notting Hill Carnival

It has just been pointed out to me that it's the Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. Every year this last bank holiday weekend of the Summer (where did that go?!) creeps up on me so fast that I miss the event. As you can see in the link it's a jam-packed colourful weekend that attracts 1000s of people from all over the world* and huge media interest. And it's loud; my friend lives in the middle of it and recorded the visible sound.
I've only ever been twice. The first time I hated it – I wasn't in the mood for lots of people that day and so getting from place wasn't enjoyable. I just sat and watched the world go.
The second time I went to a friend's 3rd floor flat in Powys Square and we looked down on the heaving throng below who were dancing to loud, very loud, dance music. It was mesmerising.
I do like a carnival parade; I love the one at the end of the Thames Festival which is 3 weeks away, so I think I might actually go and watch the parade at Notting Hill this year...
For those of you who do go, please count how many times you hear "olé olé... feeling hot hot hot"!
*Where do they all these people stay? I hope they are using £15 off promotions like this? More voucher offers here. And VoucherCodes' fab new site here.
All of the images below are in and around the carnival route.


  1. Thanks for the new vouchercodes website. That will make an interesting read in my tea break...
    I have never made it to the carnival, always end up at some family do somewhere else in the country!

  2. Oh I really cannot stand the amount of people. My husband has a sound car at the event...he take great pictures of the colorful people and party crazies, but I just can't do it.
    I love London, but being Brazilian carnival has ended when I arrived here!

  3. oooh ... i think i'll attend the carnival. if only for a little pick-pocketing.

  4. I am not a big fan of huge crowds either. That's why I am only going for the parade. The boom boom of the sound systems will get a wide berth. Fingers crossed it doesn't rain. And I must watch out for KR's nimble fingers...

  5. after much consideration, we've decided to give it a go this year - i just hope it doesn't rain!
    ah, we have booked a hotel through opodo using voucher code from this site: opodo vouchers.

  6. Notting Hill Carnvial, what an amaizng party...nothing like a bit of loud music to get things going...


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