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The carnival route takes us past notorious council estates, restaurants and art galleries boarded up for the day, and million-pound mansions and elegant terraced houses. In their place are multiple street vendors selling mainly Caribbean food and drink - jerk chicken, curry goat and rice and peas, roti and rum punch - and many others selling food from all round the world.

Map showing the route of Notting Hill Carnival

For Elimu the round trip is 3.5miles long, which would probably take an hour to walk on a normal day, but takes anything from 4 to 6 hours on Carnival days. It is a fun and liberating experience to take over the streets, all normal traffic is banned, and the interaction between the crowds and the bands is part of the carnival tradition.