Top tips for keeping yourself safe on a night out:
Things to think about when you're planning your night out
- How are you getting there?
- How are you getting home?
- Who are you going with? - Safety in numbers!
- Make sure someone knows where you are going
2. Watch your drink
Whether mocktail, cocktail, water or beer, make sure you are mindful of where your drink is and who is around it.
- Never leave your drink unattended to avoid the risk of spiking (use spikies on bottles if they're available).
- Be cautious when accepting drinks from strangers.
- If you have to leave your drink, make sure that someone you trust looks after it for you.
3. Know your limits
Knowing your limits lets you enjoy the whole night, and it might even save you some money!
- Be aware of your alcohol intake and mixing.
- If you start to feel ill, let a member of staff/friend/security know.
- Drink plenty of water.
4. Keep your belongings safe
Nothing ruins the night more than realising you lost something important. Travel light and keep your property close.
- Carry minimal belongings securely.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
- Wear a bag or clutch to prevent belongings from being stolen.
5. Travel safely
You have a range of options for travelling around London to help make sure you get to and from the party in one piece.
- Travel in groups.
- When walking, stay in busy, well-lit, areas and avoid secluded areas (such as underpasses, quiet parks and alleyways).
- Avoid empty train/tube carriages.
- Only take Ubers or other licenced taxi services.
- Ask for help from KCLSU bar/venues staff if you're not sure.
6. Keep others safe
Look out for your friends
- Be an active bystander: If you see something problematic, make sure to let a staff member know or call the police.
- Always put your safety first.
- Refrain from pressuring others into drinking/drugs.
- Check-in with others to see how they're feeling.
- Notice each other's level of intoxication. Are they heavily intoxicated and leaving with someone? Do they seem uncomfortable? Are they leaving by themselves? Encourage everyone to go as a group.