The world may be celebrating Usain Bolt’s demonstration of pure mad human skill after last night’s incredible race but the Olympian’s victory is just the icing on the Jamaican population’s celebratory cake. 50 years ago today, Jamaica gained its independence from the United Kingdom, and we can’t think of a better excuse for a party. If you want to celebrate the country’s Golden Jubilee, there’s plenty more to do in London than watching re-runs of Usain. Here are a few of the best places to celebrate Jamaica’s birthday in the capital tonight.
Festival of Jamaica
From music to food, history to film, the Festival of Jamaica at The Maryland Complex will provide Londoners with a wealth of cultural festivities. If you don’t want to miss the action happening in the Olympic Stadium (which is only a stone’s throw away), fear not, as there’ll be giant screens to keep you up to date on the sports news.
Jamaica House Terrace
Proud2’s outdoor space will be party central tonight as it transforms into a Caribbean Jerk hut offering a full menu of traditional Jamaican dishes. Join the Jamaican High Commissioner; Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba for a truly laid-back celebration where you can get in the sporting spirit yourself with a few games of table tennis and foosball.
The Puma Yard
Global sports brand and Jamaican Olympic partner PUMA are taking over the Boiler House in Brick Lane for food, music, games and a true Jamaican birthday bash. There’ll be live performances and a chance to be crowned the Usain Bolt of your friends.
Busy tonight? The festivals go on for another six days, so there’s no excuse not to celebrate. Carly-Ann Clements