So many fireworks displays, so little time. Plan your Bonfire Night with our list of the biggest and brightest displays in London.s
Bonfire Night 2017 will soon be filling the skies of London with light and colour, and you can have your pick of the best shows in town. From east and west, from north and south, we’ve gathered all the intel on fireworks displays in London this year.
1) Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival, Nov 3 & 4
Ally Pally aren’t satisfied with just delivering a fireworks display, so they’re taking Bonfire Night a step further. What they’re promising is a fireworks festival and a proverbial feast for the senses. They’re kicking things off with the March of the Phoenix parade, and then lighting a massive bonfire to keep you all toasty. Before the main event starts, you can boogie at the ice disco, wolf down street food, and wash it all down with a stein from the German bier festival. The fireworks themselves will be preceded by a laser show, and set to a soundtrack curated by DJ Yoda.
2) Lambeth Fireworks, Brockwell Park, Brixton, Nov 4
This year should be a corker – a twenty-minute display will be set to the soundtracks of some of Britain’s best-loved films. It isn’t just about the pyrotechnics here, as you’ll also find music, funfair rides, and most importantly, a big array of food vendors. Is there any other way to enjoy fireworks than with cheesy goodness from Mac to the Future? No. No there is not.
3) Battersea Park Fireworks, Nov 4
Much like Westeros, power has always been the name of the game in Battersea. That’s even more obvious this year, as ‘Power’ will be the theme to Battersea’s twenty-two minute long display. Jubilee Fireworks are the pyromancers behind this display, and since it’s slightly longer than anyone else’s, they’ll give you a little more bang for your buck. Make sure you’re there early though, as there’s no entry after 8pm.
4) Wimbledon Park, Nov 4
5) Morden Park (Nov 5)
Merton Borough Council are bringing out the big guns this year, with four firework displays across two locations. Steady on, Merton! Wimbledon Park will play host first, before Morden Park takes the stage a day later. Each event has two displays, a Disney-themed one at 6:45pm for the kids, and a ‘Festival Headliners’ act at 8:30pm, which is noisier and altogether more fun.
6) Hammersmith & Fulham, Bishop’s Park, Nov 3
7) Ravenscourt Park, Nov 4
Another set of sister events, this time from West London. Bishop’s Park steps up first, before the party heads to Ravenscourt Park the night after. There’s a full moon party theme, so maybe it will bring back memories of your gap year jaunt to Thailand? Squint really hard and Ravenscourt Park does start to look a little like Koh Samui – you’ve got to really want to see it though…
8) Victoria Park Fireworks, Nov 5
The Mayor of Tower Hamlets will be your host for the evening, as Victoria Park’s display makes a triumphant return in 2017, kicking off at 7pm. Whilst seeing the Hackney skies lit up will be great, we’re just as excited by the free admission!
9) Blackheath Fireworks, Nov 4
Blackheath’s ace in the hole is that it is completely, entirely, undeniably FREE! Free to get in, we mean. Secret London accepts no liability if you choose to walk off with grub from one of their food stalls without paying. The main event starts at 8pm, but there’s a funfair beginning at midday to keep you entertained. Planning in advance is highly advised since 80,000 visitors are expected to descend upon Lewisham for this one.
10) Crystal Palace Park Fireworks, Nov 5
Crystal Palace have also chosen to stage two shows, with the kids display kicking off at 7pm, and the louder, whizzier event taking over at 8:30pm. Funds from the show will support St Christopher’s Hospice, so you can enjoy the show knowing that you’ve helped out a good cause.
11) Southwark Park Firework Night, Nov 5
Back for a fourteenth year, Southwark’s display is free(ish). If you live in Southwark, you’re getting in gratis. Anyone living outside the borough will have to pay a small fee, but it’s worth it to watch fireworks by the Thames. Given that 30,000 people are expected to attend, they’ll be shutting the gates at 6:30pm, so get down there early.
12) Bonus Option: Take in the view from ArcelorMittal Orbit Slide, Nov 5
Okay, so this isn’t a fireworks display, but the views alone earn it a spot on this list. There won’t be any fireworks in Olympic Park, but if the night is clear you can see up to twenty miles away – which puts every display we’ve mentioned in range. Also, you can take the slide down at the end of the night!
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