Notting Hill is preparing for the carnage of carnival this weekend by boarding up windows and doors as one million revellers descend on west London.
Workmen across the area were spotted tacking up wooden boards on businesses and homes, prior to Sunday’s big event.
Boards were also erected around rows of front gardens as some residents choose to avoid the chaos of Europe’s biggest street party altogether, by leaving their homes for the weekend.
Juliana Campos rehearses in full costume in the Notting Hill area of London this afternoon as a worker moves a piece of fencing into position
Juliana Campos and her nine-year-old daughter Bella wave to a passer-by as she crosses the road in Notting Hill today
Workmen tack up wooden boards to a branch of Tesco Express in Notting Hill as businesses prepare for the carnage of carnival
Residents were also seen taking precautions, with workmen boarding up the entrances to homes in the Notting Hill area
Despite the possibility of hundreds of customers buying drinks, this pub has decided to close for carnival weekend
There were plenty of workers out and about today setting up protective awnings in front of houses in Notting Hill to prepare for the carnival
Notting Hill is one of London’s most-loved summer events with an explosion of vibrancy and culture, including musical performances, eye-catching costumes, and delicious food.
But in the past, anti-social behaviour has marred the party, with violence erupting and property being destroyed.
Last year saw the highest amount of arrests at the festival in 15 years, with 454 people taken into custody.
Workmen secure the boards protecting houses in the local area as residents prepare themselves for the carnage of carnival
Some residents prefer to leave their homes for the weekend to avoid the chaos and board up their homes to keep them safe (pictured)
Homeowners on this street have completely boarded up their gardens as they prepare for carnival this Sunday, which thousands of people are expected to attend
Pedestrians walk past boarded up properties in Notting Hill, which is preparing for the famous carnival, which attracts visitors from all over the world
Workmen measure the frame of a front door in Notting Hill, where residents were busy preparing for the carnival today
Six people were also stabbed during violent clashes and 45 police officers were injured.
However, the Metropolitan Police made over 300 arrests, confiscated 190 knives and 18 firearms in a organised swoop earlier this week – to prevent a repeat of 2016’s violence.
Officers claim the raids, which took place across London, were executed to ensure the event remains ‘safe and vibrant’.
The Met has made more than 300 arrests, confiscated 190 knives and 18 firearms in a organised swoop prior to Notting Hill carnival (Pictured, dancers at last year’s event)
On Tuesday more than 30 people were arrested after nine properties in Lewisham, south east London, were raided (pictured)
Nine properties in Lewisham, south east London, were raided and 21 homes in Kensington and Chelsea, west London, were searched.
On Tuesday, chief superintendent Robyn Williams said: ‘Our officers have been proactive and focused on tackling serious violence and knife crime across London.
‘Today’s operation is aimed at ensuring that those who intend to cause trouble at Carnival are prohibited from doing so.
‘We are committed to ensuring that Carnival remains a safe, vibrant and enjoyable event; troublemakers are not welcome. ‘