As the cold wind starts to bite and we dig out our woolly gloves, it can only mean one thing. As painful as it might be to say, summer is finally drawing to close. But, with over two million party goers flooding the streets of Notting Hill last weekend, London truly saw out these last days of sunshine and sangria in style.
With the clouds parting for a weekend of music, dancing and culinary adventure, it’s fair to say that Carnival not only delivered all the usual revelry and more, but was also the bandage needed to heal a community in mourning. Towering green letters painted upon bed sheets served as signs of remembrance for the Grenfell tragedy whilst, for the first time in its history, sound systems fell silent to unite people in a minute of solidarity.
Though, despite these underlying airs, spirits were perhaps higher than ever as Sunday’s procession of bedazzled outfits, outrageous headdresses and spectacular steel bands kicked the festivities into action.
In a look back at one of London’s most diverse and jubilant events, Jet Star has compiled a gallery of our favourite pictures from the weekend. So, if you couldn’t make it down or want to relive the magic of Channel One’s iconic ‘space’ or the sass of Gaz’s Rockin’ Blues, now’s your chance!