London’s best Bonfire Nights fireworks and events

The best and biggest bangs this year

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According to some, Bonfire Night has its origins in the pagan festival of Samhain which was overtaken by the commemoration of Guy Fawkes’ plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Whatever the truth, you can’t go wrong with fireworks and mulled wine. Here are the best Bonfire Night events London has to offer this year.

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Back With A Bang, Alexandra Palace Fireworks

Alexandra Palace, one of London’s most dearly loved Bonfire Night venues, has been off the firework circuit for four years. Back this year, Ally Pally is hosting a giant firework and laser show, set to music. You can begin the day at the winter festival with ice skating and fairground rides. There will also be a German bier festival in the Great Hall with premium German biers, traditional food, Bavarian waitresses and live entertainment. Note, this year the event is ticketed.

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Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY; November 2nd, festival from 2pm, fireworks at 8pm; adult tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the day;

 

 

 

Fire Festival, Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens

A fire-themed evening of entertainment that begins with the lighting of a bonfire on Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens around which storytellers, gymnasts, artists and parkour practitioners will gather to perform the story of the original fire. The night will culminate in what promises to be a spectacular firework display. The event is part of a two-week festival.

Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, Tyers Street, SE11 5HL; November 1st, 7pm onwards; Free;

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Lord Mayor’s Show Fireworks

The centuries-old Lord Mayor’s Show is a colourful display of British pomp and swagger in the form of a parade that includes marching bands, floats and the 254-year-old golden Lord Mayor’s Coach. The show ends with an epic firework display on the Thames, usually launched from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges. The fireworks are visible for miles but to secure a bank-side spot arrive early and earlier still to watch from one of the bridges. All the roads and Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges will be closed, but crowds will be dense nonetheless.

November 9th, parade begins at 11am; The best view of the fireworks is from the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges, either on Victoria Embankment or on the South Bank; Free;

 

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Blackheath Fireworks

The fireworks on Blackheath are, quite rightly, one of London’s most popular displays, drawing crowds of 100,000. Both visually and acoustically as it’s a great venue, with booms from the fireworks echoing off the buildings that line the heath. A fairground cranks into action at 4pm and at 5pm the bar opens, so get there in good time and soak up the atmosphere.

Blackheath, Shooters Hill Rd, London, SE3 0TY; November 2nd, fireworks begin at 8pm; Free but donations accepted;

 

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Midnight Apothecary Bonfire Night Extravaganza

Set in the rooftop garden of the Brunel Museum, pop-up cocktail bar the Midnight Apothecary is holding a special party for Bonfire Night. Cocktail gardener Lottie Muir will be concocting themed drinks using ingredients foraged from the museum gardens, resulting in offerings such as gin and lavender fizz with basil, mint and cucumber syrup. There will be a roaring firepit, marshmallows, hot food from BBC Masterchef Julie Friend and sparklers galore.

Midnight Apothecary, Brunel Museum Roof Garden, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF; November 2nd, 5.30pm - 11pm (last orders 10pm); Tickets £4.50;

 

 

 

Netil 360 Rooftop Bar

360, The rooftop bar in Netil House will be throwing two parties in honour of Bonfire Night. The second will offer a view of the nearby fireworks display at Weavers Fields but from this vantage point, firework displays all over London should be visible. The evening will include hot toddies and other winter warming drinks, street food stalls and entertainment from musicians, poets and storytellers.

Netil House, 1 Westgate St, London, E8 3RL; November 2nd 5pm-11pm, November 3rd 6pm -10pm; Saturday tickers £10 in advance, £7 for members, Sundays tickets £8 in advance, £5 for members;

 

 

 

Ravenscourt Park Fireworks

With its lakes and tree-lined avenues, Ravencourt Park, in Hammersmith & Fulham is one of London’s grand old parks. On Bonfire Night, it will be lit with a firework display, choreographed to 'Superhero' music. Earlier in the evening, a funfair and food stalls will be doing business and those with children can come earlier for a special, kids’ firework display.

Ravenscourt Park, Ravenscourt Rd, Hammersmith, W6 0UL; November 2nd, Children’s 7.15pm, main 8pm; Tickets £7.00 on the day, £5.00 in advance from the Lyric Theatre box office;

 

 

 

Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks

Set to a musical accompaniment with the theme ‘Stage and Screen’, the firework display will choreographed to fit suitably melodramatic music from the likes of James Bond, Les Miserable, Grease and Phantom of the Opera. There will be bars selling mulled wine, BBQs and fairground rides. When the fireworks are over, you can keep warm and have another drink beside a huge bonfire.

Ealing Cricket Club, Corfton Road, London, W5 2HS; November 2nd, gates open at 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm; Tickets £6 for adults;

 

 

 

Brockwell Park Fireworks

This year’s Bonfire Night display in Brockwell Park has been created by the team behind the London Olympics fireworks and a surprise finale is promised. The evening is themed around the four seasons and the park will be zoned according to spring, summer, autumn and winter, with corresponding food, drinks and entertainment. Expect Morris dancers, stilt walkers, fire dancers, live music, craft stalls, food and four bars including mulled wine and cider stalls.

Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, London, SE24 0NG; November 5th, fireworks at 8pm; Free;

 

 

 

Crystal Palace Fireworks

Crystal Palace Park has been the setting for firework displays since 1865 when a ‘Grand Competition of Pyrotechnists’ was staged. This year, there will be two displays; one for children, promising less bangs and plenty of colour, and a main show for the grownups.

Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London, SE20 8DT; November 5th, children's fireworks display at 7pm, main display begins at 8.30pm; Tickets £6 or adults;

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