Carnival in Notting Hill this year has seen huge crowds as usual, but its two days are under the cloud of the recent riots and record numbers of police are on duty.
It is not stopping everyone having a good time in one of Europe’s biggest street parties.
“Notting Hill is always gonna be there, it’s a cultural thing, everybody’s out here to have a good time. Listen, I don’t think it’s going to ruin it to be honest, I haven’t seen any bad vibes , so yeah, it’s going great so far,” said one reveller.
But everything is being closely followed on the police’s cameras, so someone’s watching every little incident.
There are plenty of police patrolling in high-profile groups. And plenty in the background, too. Thousands more are in reserve. But an attempt’s being made to be discreet at the flagship festival for the city’s Afro-Carribean community.
“Security’s fine this year because they have a lot more police than they would normally, because it’s better for the community,” said one local worker.
Riots or no Notting Hill has gone ahead, and London’s still swinging for the end of summer spectacular.