Notting Hill Carnival is just around the corner, and many of you will be getting ready to head to the festival.
Around one million people attend the carnival, which celebrates Caribbean culture, annually, with the event getting bigger and better every year.
This year, the carnival will take place over the August bank holiday weekend; Saturday August 29 to Monday August 31. The main carnival parade and events will take place on the final two days.
While the Carnival is great fun, and a brilliant way of experiencing Caribbean culture, due to the sheer size of the event, crime levels can be quite high. But don't worry, follow some simple safety precautions and have a brilliant time, safely. Here are our top tips:
- Don't wear expensive or treasured jewellery as they may be mugged or stolen in the crowd; keep other essential valuables safely in a zipped bag.
- Meet your friends and/or family beforehand and agree on a location to keep meeting up - the crowds are so huge, you may become lost in a sea of people!
- Make sure you know how you are getting home before you arrive. Click here for our transport guide and for details of station closures.
- Drink plenty of water with your rum punch.
- Go with the flow of the crowd and try to keep on the fringes of the crowd when you can.
- Get some money out beforehand and keep it somewhere safe. Cash machines may be busy on the parade days.
- Know your way around the route, or print off a route map. Click here for our route guide and maps.
- Be careful if you're hosting a barbecue! London Fire Brigade said: "If you are having a barbecue during Carnival, please make sure you place it on a flat surface on level ground so it does not tip over. Never use petrol or paraffin to light it. Also make sure you keep the barbecue away from fences, sheds or garden furniture. If fire breaks out, warn other people and get out and stay out. Call the fire brigade by dialling 999."
- If you're not brilliant with crowds, head to the Carnival on Sunday. Sunday is children's day and tends to be quieter.
- There will be lots of police patrolling the area on the two days. If you're suspicious or in doubt of anything, let them know.
And the most important tip of all... Have fun! Notting Hill Carnival is a brilliant excuse to dance, eat and celebrate, so get your friends together and enjoy yourself.
For all the amazing pictures and action from last year's Notting Hill Carnival, check out our gallery!