I’ve officially made it back “home” to Jamaica and excited to bring to you part 2 of Jamaica in London. If you missed part 1, please go back and check it out!
Here’s more of Jamaica in London, Part 2
I have to admit this was probably one of the places I was most looking forward to visiting. I know that probably sounds silly, after all, it’s just a little blue plaque on a building, right? Well for me, it was a little more. Earlier in 2012, the film Marley (check out the trailer here) was released documenting the life and death of reggae legend Robert “Bob” Nesta Marley. I just to missed the big premiere in Emancipation Park in New Kingston by 1 day!!!! Instead I had watched a replay at the Bob Marley Museum, Bob’s old 56 Hope Rd home. I’ve also had the chance to visit Bob’s birthplace and final resting place of him, his mom and a sibling in Nine Mile. Watching the film, visiting all of these locations, and hearing stories from those who knew and loved him, has helped bring this person that I’ve never met to life.
I dragged a new London friend along with me to the site. He didn’t believe it existed. As we walked the inconspicuous Camden street and snapped photos, I imagined what must have really gone on behind these apartment walls in the 70s. Everything from jokes to jam sessions, reasonings to relationships and so much more. Boy if these walls could talk…
Visit Bob Marley’s Former home in London: 34 Ridgmount Gardens, Camden Town, Greater London WC1E 7, UK
Caribbean Scene Royale
Wandermania on Tour, a global series of travel writer meet ups that celebrate of every shade of travel, held its second gathering in London during World Travel Market. Located in the Docklands, literally a 3 minute walk from the Excel Center, was our host, Caribbean Scene Royale. As guests arrived, we sipped some of the best fruit punch I’ve ever had and kicked off our discussion with a bright and flavorful cocktail, “Jamaican Me Crazy”. As the night progressed, the vibe echoed that of the Chicago Wandermania Meet-up, open and informal discussions about our travel plans and how to take our work to the next level.
British-Jamaican chef, Toshane, served up some Caribbbean favorites for our crew: ackee and salt fish money bags, salt fish fritters, beef patties, plantains, jerk chicken with rice and peas, prawns and much more. From the island inspired decor and picturesque location to the Jah Cure tunes playing in the background, I can see why it’s been rated one of the best Caribbean restaurants in the UK.
Read more about the Wandermania on Tour, London experience at Caribbean Scene from the Ad-lib Traveller here.
Check out Caribbean Scene Royale on your next visit to London: Address: 17 Western Gateway London, Royal Victoria Dock, E16 1AQ, United Kingdom, Phone: 020 7511 2023, Website: www.caribbeanscene.co.uk
For more examples of Jamaican Culture around the world, the rest of the series, “Jamaican Culture in.” Have a photo or story you want to share for the series? Send your ideas to me at info [at] absolutetraveladdict [dot] com.