Carnival goers returned to the streets of west London for the first Notting Hill Carnival since 2019. For three years, Londoners have been pining for the return of Notting Hill Carnival, after a pandemic-induced hiatus put a stop to the festivities that have celebrated the capital’s Caribbean culture since 1966.
This bank holiday weekend, Carnival’s thunderous IRL return to the streets of W10 and W11 was earth-shaking. As expected, west London was taken over by dazzling floats, kaleidoscopically dressed performers, thumping soundsystems, the smoky smell of jerk chicken, steel pans and live music. But a lot of unexpected things also went down this year: the iconic Sean Paul himself performed on the Horniman stage, while a bus shelter collapsed (thankfully everyone involved was okay) and a woman gave birth in the street. That sounds like the London we know and love.