The Notting Hill Carnival is on its way, and in time for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

If you’ve never been before, let me tell you it’s great fun. Get tanked up on Red Stripe, pay £2 to wee in someone’s garage and dine out on West London’s finest jerk chicken!

In the days of my ‘yoof’ Carnival was great fun. We’d hotfoot it over to Norman Jay’s Good Times sound system and dance with strangers till the Red Stripe ran out, or our bladder exploded – whatever came first.

Now with a little one, Carnival will be a totally new experience. People who haven’t been think it’s dangerous, but I’ve always found it to be a hospitable fun place, and as long as you leave by 6/7pm, you’ll tend to avoid trouble. I wouldn’t hesitate taking my baby here for those reasons

But with the drones of people going in and out, having a cumbersome buggy, and not being a fan of busy places, I think taking my six month old, might be too much too soon.

But for those braver than me, I do recommend it. There’s no street party quite like it, full details, maps and info here –

Like music? Check out our Glastonbury playlist here

  1. Catfish and the Bottlemen – Kathleen
  2. Kanye West – Clique
  3. Burt Bacharach – What the World Needs Now
  4. Hozier – Take me to Church
  5. The Charlatans – Country Boy
  6. Years and Years – King
  7. Lionel Richie – Dancing on the ceiling
  8. Roy Ayers – Running
  9. Mark Ronson – Ohh we