November will soon be upon us and the first important decision of the month is already teasing us: where to watch the fireworks on Bonfire Night?! Grab your group of friends, get wrapped up and head to one of London’s many parks and venues that continue to host an array of brilliant displays year after year. It’s a hard decision with so many options, so here’s our selection of five brilliant places to celebrate the night with a bang!
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Alexandra Palace, N22 7AY
Saturday 7 November, 3pm onwards
The fireworks festival at Alexandra Palace is one of the biggest and most popular places to celebrate Bonfire Night each year, with a funfair, ice rink and a German Bier Festival going on too. The festival is open throughout the afternoon, with Ally Pally’s extraordinary display topping the evening off at 8pm. This north London vantage point is an incredible spot to watch the skies of London lighting up, with this year’s display promising to be bigger, brighter and longer than ever – book your ticket soon!
Blackheath Common, SE3 0RW
Saturday 7 November, 12pm onwards
If you’re looking for the biggest and best event you can head to for free, Blackheath Fireworks is the show of choice. With thousands of Londoners descending on the park each year to marvel at the display, you’ll be sure to enjoy this outstanding event. There’s a funfair from noon, food and drinks stalls from 5pm, with the fireworks setting off at 8pm. Wrap up, head down, and be sure to make a donation at the gates to keep this event as great as it is next year!
Image: Hackney Council
Hackney Firework Pyromusical
Clissold Park, N16 9HJ
Saturday 7 November, 6pm onwards
This exciting show gives that little more than your average fireworks display… it’s a ‘musical’ display! Chosen by Hackney residents, this year’s event surrounds the theme of superheroes, with the colour and music of the show expertly arranged by an award-winning pyrotechnics company. We like the sound of this one! If you love a classic superhero theme tune, we think we’ve found the place you’ll want to celebrate Bonfire Night. There’s themed entertainment and food, and you can even dress up if you’re up for it! Buy your tickets through the Hackney Empire website.
Image: Southwark Council
Fireworks Night at Southwark Park
Southwark Park, SE16 2PA
Thursday 5 November, 5pm onwards
Looking for something to do that actually falls on Bonfire Night? Here it is! Southwark Park is to host a brilliant event that attracted tens of thousands of locals last year, and it’s set to be even more popular this time around. Join in on the fun, food, warm drinks and bright lights from 5pm-8.30pm on the evening of Bonfire Night. As this is one of few events that will take place on Bonfire Night itself you must head here to book a ticket, but it still remains free to all. Winner.
East Village E20 Fireworks
Victory Park, East Village, E20
Thursday 5 November, 6.15pm onwards
In the name of saving the best until last, we’ve got the ideal Bonfire Night event for all of our east Londoners – the East Village fireworks display! Following last year’s spectacular evening this event is back, with a display choreographed to amaze and food offerings to fit the fireworks theme. Expect an array of colour, lights, music and foodie delights to keep you entertained for the whole evening. That’s what we call a celebration! The event is totally free but, due to high demand, you need to enter this ballot before midnight on Sunday 25th October to be in line for a ticket. Don’t miss it.
Do you have any other great places to suggest? Let us know in the comments below!