Layla Mohamed, a 23-year-old from London who works for Cassava Republic, a publishing house that focuses on African writers, said: "I did not expect this turnout and it shows there's a real demand for it. I'm having such a good time. I've seen a few hijabis here today and a few from the Somali community which is great."
She added: "People see me wearing a hijab and forget I am black as well, so it's good to see more black hijabis at events like this. There needs to be a conversation about Muslims in the black community."
Bonita Ebuehi, 25, the owner of stationary business Bonita Ivie Prints, was at the festival with her twin sister, food stylist Benjamina Ebuehi, better know as a much loved former Great British Bake Off contestant.
“This event has been about empowering black women, its 'black girl magic' personified, I am feeling the love today," Bonita said. “I’ve been overwhelmed by all the encouragement from girls that look like me telling me to keep on going - it's much-needed. I really needed to hear that."
"The Black Girl Festival has been so good, it literally is black girl joy. Everyone is so happy and enjoying each other," Benjamina added.
"There are so many black women in this room and ... not a lot of us are in situations where this is common."