England’s glorious capital is where gunpowder, treason and plot first began all those years ago, so where better to enjoy Bonfire Night than on the streets of London? We’ve rounded up the best of the shows the city has to offer in 2018. Take the kids down to your local park or enjoy one of central London’s big displays, the choice is yours. Whatever you decide it’s sure to be a great night with big crowds, warm drinks and plenty of family fun.
Fireworks: central London 2018
Here’s our pick of the best fireworks central London has to offer:
The Lord Mayor’s Fireworks, Victoria Embankment
This is one of London’s most spectacular annual displays and you’ll be able to see the fireworks for miles, but for the best view of all head down to the riverside between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges, either on Victoria Embankment or on the South Bank. All the roads and both bridges will be closed to traffic so there’s plenty of room.
When? Saturday 10th November, from 5pm
Where? Victoria Embankment, London
How much? Free
More info: lordmayorsshow.org
Fireworks: south London 2018
Here’s our pick of the best fireworks south London has to offer:
Battersea Park fireworks
What could be more atmospheric than watching a beautiful fireworks display on the banks of the Thames? Feast on wintery treats and enjoy the hues and pinks and purples reflected on the water! This year’s epic 22 minute display has been given the theme ‘Power’ so expect exciting things from the award-winning pyro-technician team. Despite the 50,000 capacity, tickets are expect to sell out fast, so don’t forget to get yours in advance.
When? Saturday 3rd November – gates open at 6pm and the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm
Where? Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
How much? Standard: £10.00 + booking fee – all tickets must be bought online before! Children under 10 go free – but you’ll need to order a ‘free ticket’ for them prior to the event too.
More info: enablelc.org
Blackheath fireworks 2018
Trek up the hill to the heath and see the skies lit up by the spellbounding Blackheath fireworks. The display is one of the biggest free community events in the capital and attracts up to 100,000 people each year, and as always, this year it promises to be a fun evening of entertainment with a funfair from 12 noon, bar and food (and other stalls) from 5pm and the main display which starts at 8pm.
When? Saturday 3rd November, 8pm
Where? Blackheath Common, London
How much? Free
More info: lewisham.gov.uk
Crystal Palace Fireworks
Two displays, starting with a children’s display of colourful fireworks and fewer bangs early at 7pm, followed by a main display set to music – at 8.30pm. There will be a variety of food and drink stalls available. Note, there’s no parking, but the area is well served by public transport.
When? Monday 5th November
Where? Crystal Palace, SE20 8DT
How much? Adults TBA, Children TBA, under 2s free.
More info: crystalpalacefireworks.co.uk
Fireworks: north London 2018
Here’s our pick of the best fireworks north London has to offer:
More than just a fireworks show: Alexandra Palace fireworks festival
This mesmerising spectacle, stretching over two days, combines fireworks, lasers and music for a truly unique fireworks experience. There really is something for everyone at this event – little ones can enjoy a winter festival with carousels, helter skelter and even an ice rink, while grown-ups can sample The German Bier Festival, featuring traditional products, Bavarian foods and wonderful music.
Artists curating the music this year include Jazzie B on Friday night, and DJ Yoda on the Saturday. When? Friday 2nd (from 5pm) and Saturday 3rd November (from 4pm)
Where? Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
How much? Adults – prices start at £8.50, children – prices start at £6.50
More info: fireworks.london
Harrow fireworks display
Enjoy a spectacular fireworks display choreographed to music that the whole family will enjoy in Harrow. The Harrow fireworks display is popular with locals and visitors alike – so use public transport to avoid driving if you can. There are plenty of trade stands and stalls, full of local businesses and craft sellers – because it’s never too early to think about Christmas shopping, plus a fun-fair and – for the adults – a licensed bar area.
When? Saturday 3rd November, gates at 12pm, fireworks 7.30pm
Where? Harrow Byron Park
How much? Free before 4pm or adults £7.50 if you buy tickets online before or £10 on the gate, and children from £4.50 if you purchase the ticket in advance or £5 on the gate
More info harrowfireworks.co.uk
Fireworks: east London 2018
Here’s our pick of the best fireworks east London has to offer:
Waltham Forest Fireworks
Enjoy fireworks, warm drinks and an array of food stalls in Chestnuts Field which is infamous for it’s exciting display that attracts around 20,000 people every year.
When? Monday 5th November
Where? Town Hall Forest Road, Walthamstow, E17 4JF
How much? Free, and no ticket required
More info: walthamforest.gov.uk
Victoria Park fireworks
A unique, free fireworks display in lovely Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets. Get there a little early so you can enjoy a mulled wine and soak up the atmosphere.
When? 2018 date TBA
Where? Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, London, E3 5TB
How much? Free, no ticket required
Fireworks: west London 2018
Here’s our pick of the best fireworks west London has to offer:
Bishop’s Park Fireworks
This bonfire event is perfect for families with a bright and bustling funfair and plenty of food vendors serving up warming snacks and tasty meals.
When? Friday 2nd November, 6-9.30pm
Where? Bishops Park, Fulham, SW6 6HH
How much? From £6. Under 5s go free.
More info: lbhf.gov.uk
Richmond athletic ground
Every year Richmond Athletic Association stages a spectacular evening of family fun with a choreographed fireworks display by multi award-winning Phoenix Fireworks. Last year the display theme was ‘80s Music Night’ with fireworks set to iconic tracks from those glorious years – so we can’t wait to see what they have in store for 2018! There will also be live entertainment prior to the fireworks spectacle as well as funfair rides, mulled wine, hot food, candy floss and popcorn stalls and an after-party in the Members Bar. Phew!
Where? Richmond Athletic Ground, Twickenham Road, Richmond, TW9 2SF
How much? Last year it cost £8 for adults, £5 for kids
More info: the-raa.co.uk
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