Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival 2014

If you have been following me on Twitter you will have seen that this bank holiday weekend I paid my first ever visit to Notting Hill Carnival. I have previously heard a lot about the event but never attended, so I was really excited to go this year and find out what it was all about.

The first things that hit you on arrival at the carnival were the ridiculous amounts of people and the sounds of horns and whistles. As the apartment I booked was directly in the centre of Notting Hill we didn’t have to walk far to stumble across a sound system or stall selling jerk chicken!

I used the LG G3 at the event and the high quality camera meant it was the perfect accessory. It captured the colours and sights far better than my digital camera, it really is the best smartphone camera I have used to date!

This year carnival was 50 years old and it is easy to see why the tradition has continued as long as it has. It is an opportunity for people to come together on the streets of London and simply have a good time! People of all cultures and classes were dancing together as they watched the carnival pass and chatting over a rum punch – from a coconut shell no less!

Of course with any event like this, fashion is often at the forefront! I previously did a post on suggestions of things to wear on the day (here) but these ideas were nothing compared to what people wore at the carnival! Of course bright colours were everywhere, but there was also a slight festival fashion edge too with floral crowns and short-shorts making an appearance! It was probably as good a place to catch some street style shots than as outside Somerset House for LFW!

I had a really great time, it was fun to meet new people and dance in the streets – not something you can get away with in London generally!

I was also incredibly lucky to attend on the Sunday when the sun was shining all day, rather than Monday were sadly the rain didn’t stop! I am sure that did not entirely spoil the carnival vibe however – what’s a little bit of rain when you are having fun?

Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival

Notting Hill Carnival

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