Wondering where to celebrate Bonfire Night this year? Here are the best firework displays taking place across London, featuring show-stopping pyrotechnics and sizzling bonfires alongside funfair rides and street food. Sparklers at the ready…
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Every year, tens of thousands of revellers descend on the grounds of Ally Pally for their iconic fireworks display, which dates back over 140 years. It’s the biggest fireworks festival in London, this year complete with a music playlist curated by Bestival founder Rob da Bank, ice-skating and film screenings at The Luna Cinema. Visitors can also get merry at the German-style beer tent, and feast on food from one of the many street food stalls.
When? The festival runs from 1-2 November, with firework displays taking place on Friday at 9pm and Saturday at 8pm.
BOOK: Adult tickets cost £12.50pp, children (11-15 years) cost £10pp, children under 10 cost £2.50pp. fireworks.london
East London’s biggest fireworks display takes place in Victoria Park, this year themed around the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Alongside the fireworks, enjoy music, spoken word and storytelling, alongside a stellar food line-up. It’s also one of the only London displays that won’t cost you a penny.
When? 3 November, firework display takes place at 7pm
BOOK: Tickets are free, no need to book ahead.
The award-winning annual fireworks display at Battersea Park never fails to disappoint, with 50,000 visitors expected to attend this year. Arrive from 6pm to enjoy pre-show entertainment, food and drink before the 7.30pm bonfire, with the firework display beginning at 8pm. Keen to continue the fun? New for 2019 is an exclusive after party popping off at events space Battersea Evolution, available exclusively to ticket holders.
When? 2 November. Gates open at 6pm, firework display takes place at 8pm.
BOOK: Tickets cost £10pp + booking fee, children under 10 go free but must have a ticket. Tickets always sell out in advance so be sure to book ahead. eventbrite.co.uk
The Richmond Park firework display is ideal for families, this year choreographed to iconic noughties tunes. From 4.30pm visitors can enjoy funfair rides, with plenty of food and drink available – from burgers to crepes to mulled wine.
When? 3 November, firework display takes place at 7pm.
BOOK: Adult tickets cost £9pp, children (5-15 years) cost £6pp. Tickets must be bought in advance. eventbrite.co.uk
Little ones will love Morden Park’s Bonfire Night offering, which includes a fireworks show themed around The Greatest Showman. This will be followed by a second show later on, this one celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Fire and light show performers Flame Oz and Halo will be performing a new warm up act ahead of the main displays, and throughout the evening guests can enjoy food from stalls including The Dough Shack, Cross Town Doughnuts and Quack ‘N’ Mac.
When? 2 November, first firework display takes place at 6.45pm followed by a second at 8.30pm.
BOOK: Adult tickets cost £9.09, junior tickets (5-15) cost £7.49pp and children under 4 are free. Limited tickets will be available on the gate for £10pp. merton.gov.uk
One of the city’s few free displays, Blackheath remains a popular choice, with over 100,000 visitors attending each year. Alongside the fireworks, this year’s event includes a funfair from 12 noon and a range of food and drink stalls.
When? 2 November, firework display takes place at 8pm.
BOOK: Free to attend. lewisham.gov.uk
The Bishop’s Park display is not taking place this year, meaning all eyes and ears will be on the park in Hammersmith. A children’s firework display takes place at 6.30pm, followed by the main display at 8.30pm, with a whole host of food stalls and bars and a funfair to enjoy throughout.
When? 2 November, children’s firework display takes place at 6.30pm followed by the main display at 8.30pm.
BOOK: Tickets cost £8.30pp, admission is free for children under five. Limited tickets will be available to buy on the night. lbhf.gov.uk
Take an alternative approach to Bonfire Night and view London’s fireworks from the Thames. River bus service Thames Clippers offers a multitude of water routes to catch the perfect glimpse of fireworks. From travelling to Battersea Power Station Pier to spot the fantastic display, to viewing Newham’s bonfire spectacular in the Royal Docks, a starlit journey on the Thames promises the most magical of bonfire nights.
When? Visit the website for specific routes and timetabling.
The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire
Fancy heading out of London for a little slice of rural splendour? Make Bonfire Night an occasion this year with a stay at The Grove and exclusive entry to the luxury hotel’s fantastic fireworks display, complete with marshmallow-clad hot chocolates and warming mulled cider. What’s more, the hotel is only a 15 minute train ride from central London!
When? 2 November, 8pm.
BOOK: Book a stay between 20th October – 3rd November and receive 3 nights for the price of 2 or 50% off your second night, comprising of breakfast in The Glasshouse and access to the spa and hotel lounges. thegrove.co.uk
Tommy Tucker Bonfire Bonanza
Finally, if you’re not one to get excited about fireworks, you can still commemorate the occasion with a trip to Tommy Tucker. The gourmet Chelsea pub is hosting a celebratory ‘Bonfire Bonanza’, combining seasonal food with sophisticated wines. Expect spiced squash soup and pumpkin seeded bread, braised beef chilli con carne and delicious baked Toffee apple and cinnamon clotted cream. In true Bonfire Night spirit, smokey Talisker hot chocolate will also be one the menu, adorned with fluffy marshmallows.
When? 8 Nov 2019, 7pm