They’re bigger, better and more bangin’ than ever before! This year’s Guy Fawkes Night celebrations includes a whole host of spectacular events, taking place across the city.
From extraordinary displays to unmissable entertainment, here’s our guide to the Big Smoke’s top five firework festivals, all of which can be reached on foot, by bus or on the underground from London Paddington when you book train tickets to the capital.
Taking place over two evenings, this year’s festival at Ally Pally will attract more than 100,000 people. As well as awe-inspiring fireworks, the infamous ice rink will open throughout the festival and revellers will be able to enjoy a vast array of entertainment, including live music, cabaret, stand-up comedy, a funfair, a bonfire, scrumptious street food and even the UK’s largest German beer festival. What’s not to love?
One of London’s biggest firework displays is hosting an all new after party for adults only. Tickets to Battersea Park Fireworks are on sale, with the gates opening at 6pm and plenty of entertainment and delicious food and drink stalls to occupy you until the bonfire is lit at 7:30pm. The after-party is an added bonus to this year’s colourful festivities and will be open in the park from 8:30pm until 1am.
Now in its 16th year, Southwark Fireworks Night in Southwark Park is set to be as spectacular as ever. The event kicks off at 5pm with last entry into the park at 6:30pm and the firework display scheduled to sparkle once everyone is safely inside the park. Expect food and drink stalls, children’s funfair and entertainment throughout the evening.
Wembley Park’s fireworks show is also known as Light Up The Night and is one of the few free firework displays in the capital. From street performances to stunning lanterns, sumptuous street food to mesmerising pyrotechnics, this is a great evening out with friends and family and better yet, it won’t burn a hole in your pocket – there’s no entry charge!
Another great free firework show in London is held in Victoria Park, which can be found in the borough of Tower Hamlets. What’s particularly interesting about the display this year is that it has the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing as its theme, so expect plenty of space travel-inspired fun. This event is set to go off with a bang at 7pm.