Each year London commemorates the historic day of the failed attempt to assassinate King James I and blow up the Houses of Parliament on 5 November 1605. The day is named after Guy Fawkes who was the most well-known of the 13 conspirators, but now is more commonly known as Bonfire Night. Here Is our list of some of the best places to celebrate the day (and evening) in London!
Remember, remember the fifth of November!
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
With a view spanning across the London skyline, the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival definitely has one of the best views and is deemed one of the top Bonfire Night events in London. Apart from the bonfire and fireworks, there are loads of other attractions including funfairs, hot food stalls, ice skating and a German beer festival. The 'German Bier Festival' takes place in Alexandra Palace's Great Hall (from 3pm) offering all that can be found at Oktoberfest. The Alexandra Palace ice rink is the biggest in London and offers an ice disco in the evening as another attraction. There is lots of fun lined up for guests of all ages. The music entertainment will be headlined by an Elton John tribute act adding all the more to the charm of the evening.
Price: Adults (+16) £11, Children £8.50
Time: Friday- Entry from 4pm and fireworks at 9pm, Saturday- Entry from 3pm and fireworks from 8pm
Address: Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Transport: Wood Green Tube Station
Tickets: Buy at http://www.fireworks.london
Battersea Park Fireworks Display
The Battersea Park will be illuminated with a magnificant bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display on the banks of the river Thames, choreographed to a musical soundtrack. This year the fireworks will be organised by the award-winning Jubilee Fireworks and the whole event will be hosted by the Radio presenter for Virgin Radio UK- Christian Williams. Other attractions will include stalls with hot food and drinks, a bar, family activities and shops selling colourful glow-in-the-dark accessories. It's a great night for families and friends, with a lot going on to fit everyone's taste.
Tickets must be bought in advance!
Price: Adult early bird tickets £8, advance tickets £10. Children under 10 enter free
Time: Gate opens at 6pm, bonfire begins at 7.30pm and fireworks start at 8pm. There is no entry after 8pm.
Address: Battersea, London, SW11 4NJ
Transport: Queenstown Road Railway Station, Clapham Junction Railway Station
Tickets: Buy at http://enablelc.org/fireworks
Southwark Fireworks Display
One of the best and largest FREE bonfire night celebrations available in the city- the Southwark Fireworks Display that will be on for the 13th year in a row, will leave you amazed. Yearly it draws in around 30,000 people with an astounding amount of 33,000 people in 2015! It is a very popular event in high demand and although it is free, it is crucial to reserve your tickets as you won't be able to get in without them (this is to help manage the huge crowds). The firework show happens along the south bank of the river Thames which provides a beautiful backdrop. There will be plenty of entertainment throughout the event- music, family funfairs, hot food stalls and warm drinks.
Time: Gates open at 5pm and last entry to the park is at 6.30pm
Address: Southwark Park, Lower Road, London, SE16 2PA
Transport: Canada Water and Bermondsey Tube Station, Surrey Quays Overground
Tickets: Buy at https://sp.tickets.red61.com
Crystal Palace Park Firework Display
Crystal Palace Park has one of the longest running firework displays in the city and draws in thousands of people yearly. There are two seperate shows, both of them set to music. The first show starts at 7pm and is prepared especially for the children with many more colours and less noise. The second show which is the main event, starts at 8.30pm. As it is a family oriented event there will be no alcohol on site of the park.
Price: Adults- £7.50, Children £5.10
Time: Gates open at 6pm and close at 8.15pm
Address: Crystal Palace Park, Thicket Road, London, SE20 8DT
Transport: Crystal Palace Railway Station, Penge West Railway Station
Tickets: Buy at https://www.gigantic.com
Blackheath Fireworks Display
The Blackheath fireworks display is set in one of London's largest outdoor spaces, regularly hosting more than 80,000. Just like the Southwark Fireworks Display, it is a FREE event! No booking required
Time: The funfair starts at noon, food stalls and bars 5pm and the firework display starts at 8pm.
Address: Blackheath Common, London, SE3 0RW
Transport: Blackheath Railway Station