Notting Hill Carnival 2014

We are very spontaneous people and so, when mamma bear realised on last saturday that it was the Notting Hill Carnival we started preparing for the Sunday Family Day. But trip to London with two young children is not always very appetizing especially when it is that time of the month when you are twiddling your fingers awaiting for payday.

But bored out of our minds last weekend, we decided to make a budget trip to the Carnival and guess what we did it all in just £35.

We packed picnic = money saved on food

We even carried our own water bottles

Petrol = £25

Roasted Sweet Corn = £5

Pint for Hubby = £3

Luckily, we had some credit on our Oyster Cards. We parked our car in a SECRET location where parking is free. (No I am not telling)

And using our Oyster Cards, hopped on a bus to the Carnival!

Carnival wasn’t as pompous and grandiose as I had expected, people were not even in their costumes. But it the last day of a three day long carnival, everyone was tired and hungover – perhaps they decided not to wear costumes after all. A bit of a shame for the kids!

It was a good photo-opportunity nonetheless. (Most of them are quite shaky, the crowd was quite pushy)

We made Sushi for street snacking

We made Sushi for street snacking

 

 

 

We also packed some homemade Mackerel Noodle Salad for Lunch along with Bagels, Cream Cheese and some Banana Cake for pudding

We also packed some homemade Mackerel Noodle Salad for Lunch along with Bagels, Cream Cheese and some Banana Cake for pudding

 

We had our lunch after parking the car.

We had our lunch after parking the car.

 

 

 

After a 45 minutes bus ride, here we were!! Notting Hill Carnival

After a 45 minutes bus ride, here we were!! Notting Hill Carnival

 

Notting Hill Festival

Notting Hill Festival

 

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...and it started to get a bit too loud and less children friendly so we decided to walk out

…and it started to get a bit too loud and less children friendly so we decided to walk out

 

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|It was colourful, lively and full of loud music. I loved it so much that I have decided to go to the festival without the children next year! Selfish!!! 🙂

Did you go the Notting Hill Festival or any other recently?

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