Nottinghill Carnival 2016 may have come and gone but the memories live on forever. This year TCD Committee Members Samantha Moolchan aka #SavageSammy and Bianca Manzano took over London by storm to cover some of the hottest events on the carnival calendar as our Social Media Correspondents. Both girls experienced Nottinghill carnival for the first time this year and documented experience TCD style on Instagram and Snapchat. The end result?… Take it from Savage Sammy not me.
Here’s Samantha’s first Carnival Review:
Samantha’s carnival chasing count 2016 – 7 (so far). Trinidad Carnival, Barbados Crop Over, Toronto, Bacchanal Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas and newest addition: London. The Review Nottinghill Carnival is Europe’s largest carnival, going back all the way to 1964- taking place every August Bank Holiday weekend in the streets of London. Speaking with many folks prior to coming to Nottinghill carnival for the first time last month, it’s funny how many people actually have NO IDEA that there’s a carnival in London. Nottinghill Carnival is not to be slept on- and here’s why: Tips for international pumpers flying in for the carnival weekend in London for the first time: -The “Uber” app for taxi transport will be your best friend during your stay in London for Nottinghill carnival- normal taxis are pricier -“Airbnb” is a great and more affordable alternative for those looking to opt of hotel stay – anywhere central near markets, a tube station etc is ideal -I flew in Thursday morning, departed Tuesday evening, I would recommend coming in earlier or leaving later to explore London and near by places: Rome, Paris etc Here we go – from pump after pump straight to the road!
Euphoria- Purple Haze This was my first event and the perfect carnival welcome/warm up. You get there, lime outside on the terrace- sit, take a drink/smoke, catch up with friends who’ve just arrived and discuss the excitement that lies ahead while you peep the vibes building inside. Then once you’re back inside- its time to PUMP! Intimate crowd, sexy venue, great DJs (Nuphoric, Puffy etc) easy bar access, and a friendly crowd. Next Stop: Sunset If you’re up for a double tap on your first night in London, you go to sunset after purple haze, and up the pace. Even when my group and I were heading to leave, we found ourselves running back inside by the door giving a “last” jam/wine too many times to count. Great first night!
Scorch-Duck Work Boat Ride For first timers in London, please understand that it isn’t like Trinidad or anywhere else, timing wise. Please get there on time; the boat will leave you behind at exactly the time it is advertised to depart. I learned this the hard way in 2015 for Nottinghill carnival. Get there on time! Any who, there’s something special about boat rides in London- and I got a taste of that on Friday at Scorch Duck Work. Hype, drinks flowing, perfect mixes from DJs, and everyone having a ball. I turned up so much, that I couldn’t make it to any events for the rest of Friday. By far, one of my favorite fetes and a must-do for when I’m back next year. Who goes to work on Friday anyway?
Icebox entertainment: SUITS UK BOATRIDE Now all personal bias aside, because Suits is my absolute favorite boat ride no matter what location: Trinidad, Bahamas, New York, (I missed Toronto this year). There’s really something unique about SUITS UK. You can feel the excitement the moment you step onto the boat, and as soon as the boat takes off, vibes already start brewing. Best DJs, energetic crowd, drinks are easily accessible, the views are to die for…. need I say more? This was definitely my highlight of all fetes during Nottinghill season and a must do.