Notting Hill Carnival by Adrienne Pitts in London, United Kingdom

London is a diverse melting pot of cultures, foods, sights and sounds. And nothing brings that more into focus that the annual Notting Hill Carnival. It’s a time when around a million people descend upon the streets of West London in the largest street festival in Europe.

Decadent costumes, sizzling food and loud beats combine to make an unforgettable weekend in the capital, and as long as you have a Red Stripe in your hand and keep your eyes open to the dazzling sights and sounds surrounding you, you are bound to have a great time!

Name:Adrienne Pitts



Travelling and photographing as much as humanly possible.

Tell us about the place you live:

I’ve always said London is like a mercurial lover. One day she has you skipping down the street, a song in your heart as you sit enthralled in her beauty. Other days, she can be dark and moody and throw you to the curb. And that’s what I like about this city. It is mercurial and ever-changing, but it’s always a vibrant and colourful and creative place in which to live.

A perfect day?

Brunch first. Eggs Benedict and coffee at Ozone Coffee in Shoreditch. Then a wander down to South Bank, to see what the galleries have to offer. The Hayward and Tate Modern are favourites! If it’s a sunny day then lying down on a patch of grass and watching the world go by is a must, then lunch and beer in an outside beer garden – such as the Crown and Shuttle in Shoreditch. Followed by cheap and cheerful Vietnamese food for dinner just up the road on Kingsland Road.

What is the best thing about your spot?

Knowing that at any time, and anywhere, you will have something to do. There is no shortage of restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in this town; as well as festivals and art events to keep your creative side happy.

What is the worst?

Winter. It’s not the time when London shines the most.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?

That it’s not grey all the time. Really.

Before I die I want to visit:

The bucket list is long. But Cappadocia, Iceland and India feature in there!

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Pedro Almodóvar, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Stefan Sagmeister


Name:Adrienne Pitts


Favorite place to eat:

Bone Daddies, Soho

Favorite place to drink:

Ozone Coffee, Shoreditch

Favorite shop:

Tate Modern shop, Tate Modern

Local Tip:

The Design Museum has a revolving series of truly inspiring shows

Must Do:

Run around Hampstead Heath and marvel at how much green there is to be found in such a sprawling city!