With fantastic firework displays around the city, you’ll feel yourself getting swept up in the celebratory mood!
So much has changed in the last year, but one thing remains the same: the celebration of Bonfire Night (also known as Guy Fawkes Night or Fireworks Night) every year in London. With fantastic firework displays around the city, you’ll feel yourself getting swept up in the celebratory mood!
First, a little history. Bonfire Night is annually commemorated on November 5, primarily in the United Kingdom. It marks the day that Guy Fawkes, who had been plotting to kill King James I, was arrested. To celebrate the king surviving this attempt, people lit bonfires around London, and months later, the Observance of 5th November Act was introduced. This act declared an annual public day of thanksgiving.
Today, Bonfire Night is known for its incredible fireworks displays. In fact, there are so many in London alone that it can be confusing to know where to start. If you’re wondering where you can watch the fireworks, we’ve got you covered! Just a little tip from us: you’ll want to book your tickets ahead of time. Tickets are normally sold out in advance!
That said, here’s a handy list of fireworks locations for your convenience:
Top locations in North London:
Light Up the Night: There are so many great options here! But we would be remiss if we didn’t mention the ‘Light Up the Night’ display, which usually happens at Wembley Park. First you follow a lantern parade before finding a place to watch the fireworks over Wembley Stadium’s arch at this free display. There is also family entertainment and food stalls.
Ally Pally's Fireworks Festival: This isn’t just a fireworks viewing; this is a two-day event. Activities usually include a German beer festival, live music, a funfair, and of course, a fireworks show!
In Central London:
Battersea Park Fireworks: The Battersea fireworks display showers over the banks of the river Thames, as well as being host to a huge bonfire. You’ll get the best pictures at this one!
Southwark's Fireworks Night: Typically one of the largest displays in the city, set along the south bank of the river Thames.
Top Locations in South London:
Beckenham Fireworks in the Park: Located at Croydon Road Recreation Ground, this option is fantastic because you get the choice between a quieter display earlier on in the evening or a much bigger one later. There is also face painting for children, along with Bonfire Night Food.
Blackheath fireworks: This is one of the largest free London fireworks displays (regularly hosts more than 80,000 people!). This isn’t just fireworks; it’s an event. From the funfair to food and drink stalls, this is a great place to soak up the spirit of the holiday.
In East London:
Guy Fawkes Night in Newham: From a light show to a funfair to food stalls and DJs, this free Guy Fawkes Night celebration has lots of family activities over the Royal Docks.
Victoria Park fireworks: Here, too, you’ve got snacks from food and drink stalls to keep you well-fed before you watch the fireworks display.
In West London:
Ealing Cricket Club fireworks display: This show isn’t just for entertainment; it’s also raising money for the cricketing community in the local area. From music to a laser show to great food, going to the Ealing Cricket Club fireworks display is a real treat!
Wimbledon Park fireworks: Instead of the usual bonfire, this event has instead become an incredible fire and light show (for climate-conscious reasons). You also get rides, food stalls, and of course, a fireworks display set to music.
We couldn’t cover the entire range of options available to you, but you’ll want to look over this list in order to best decide where you’ll be on November 5!
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