October is almost over and this can only mean that Bonfire Night will soon be upon us. Remember, remember to book your tickets for the fifth of November (or third, fourth or sixth, depending on where you’ll watch them!) It’s a tough decision considering the huge variety of events in London every year, but we’re here to help you with our top picks of Bonfire Night shows in town. All you have to do is pick one, grab a few friends and have your mulled wines ready to salute the fireworks!
Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
5 November, from 6pm
One of the most popular Bonfire Night classics in the capital is Battersea Park’s event. Although it may not be the right destination for last-minute goers as tickets must be bought in advance, this one is definitely a crowd pleaser, with previous events attracting more than 50,000 people almost every year. Choreographed to classic tunes, firework experts Jubilee Fireworks are expected to put on a spectacular show accompanied by food and drinks. Book your tickets for £8-10 and head down to Battersea Park from 6pm to catch all of the action!
Arena Square, Wembley Park, HA9 0AA
6 November, from 6.30pm
Brent Council is celebrating Bonfire weekend with a set-to-be-spectacular free event, taking place on Sunday night at Arena Square in Wembley Park. A top-secret soundtrack and various street food vendors will join the fun from 6.30pm, but those who want to enjoy their Sunday in Wembley can get there earlier and browse the London Designer Outlet, Christmas markets and try their hand at a circus workshop! The council advise you to leave the car at home and reach the event via public transport.
Wimbledon Park, SM4 5DX
3 November, from 5.15pm
For those who are too impatient to wait for the weekend, Merton Council is putting on a double display for the whole family at Wimbledon Park on Thursday 3 November. The first display at 6.45pm will be an awesome event which is magic-themed for the kids, followed by a bigger, louder display at 8.30pm, complete with music from all around the world. The event will host a funfair and refreshment stalls until 10pm. Buy your tickets and get in from 5.15pm, with the first bonfire due to be lit at 6.30pm!
Crystal Palace Park, SE19 2GA
5 November, from 6pm
Crystal Palace celebrates Bonfire Night with one of London’s longest-running firework shows. Open from 6pm, the schedule kicks off at 7pm with the children’s show – which promises “less bangs and much more colours” than a usual firework show. Once this is over, the main event will kick off at 8.30pm. A variety of food and treats will be on offer, as well as cold and warm drinks. Public transport is highly encouraged, as there won’t be any car parking for the event.
Victory Park, East Village, E20 1DB
4 November, from 6.30pm
East Village’s ever-popular bonfire night celebration returns, with an amazing event planned in Victory Park on Friday 4 November. The event is completely free, but tickets need to be booked in advance due to the overwhelming demand. Entertainment and attractions for all ages are guaranteed, with firework-themed food and drinks provided by East Village retailers.
We’re sure you have many other great places in London where you’ll be watching the fireworks this year, let us know your suggestions in the comments below!