Remember, remember the 5th of November. Guy Fawkes night (better known as Bonfire Night) is just around the corner. Celebrated all over England, bonfire night commemorates the capture of Guy Fawkes who planned to blow up the Parliament Buildings in 1605. All over London on Saturday and Sunday, there will be bonfires and fireworks lighting up the city’s sky. But which firework display should you head to? We’ve picked out the best…
Top tips: Wrap up warm and bring some cash for entry costs, hot drinks and hot dogs
Tower Hamlets Fireworks in Victoria Park
Sunday 3rd November | Free entry
The nation’s favourite park as voted for in the People’s Choice is home to a tremendous fireworks display for another year! Get yourself to Victoria Park on Sunday 3rd November for a free fireworks display that’s guaranteed to dazzle spectators watching from below. Treat yourself to some mulled wine before the fireworks kick off at 7pm. Don’t wear your best shoes as it could be muddy!
Nearest tube station: Mile End or Bethnal Green
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
1st & 2nd November | £9.50
Nowhere in London does Bonfire Night like Ally Pally in the north of the city. The 2-day fireworks celebration will be bigger than ever for 2019. Expect a banging show like no other with live music, a German beer festival (Munich style), the Luna Cinema and more festivities to go alongside their legendary fireworks over a London skyline. Get online and buy your tickets for 2019’s extravaganza ASAP as they’re sure to sell out way in advance.
Nearest rail station: Alexandra Palace
BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS
Saturday 2nd November | £10
The Battersea Park firework display lasts for a whopping 22 minutes this year. And the fireworks are in the safe hands of award-winning pyrotechnicians who know how to get those “ooohs” and “aaahs” going in a crowd. Gates open at 6pm but we recommend heading down at 7.30/8pm when the bonfire is ablaze, plus there will be pre-show entertainment. Want something for after? This year the Battersea bonfire night will be hosting an afterparty for £10 until 1am in the heart of the park in Battersea Evolution.
Nearest tube station: Sloane Square
SOUTHWARK FIREWORK NIGHT
Tuesday 5th November | £9.50
Southwark’s fireworks are back again for their 16th year running. Watch the fireworks shoot up and pop over central London from the pretty Southwark Park. This year you can expect evening entertainment as well as food and drink until 8pm. Gates open at 5pm, last admission is 6.30pm. If you’re staying at one of our London Bridge hostels, then this is the nearest firework display to you (14 minutes on the tube).
Nearest rail station: Surrey Quays
BISHOPS PARK FIREWORKS
Friday 2nd November | £8
Watch the sky fill with colour and light at Bishops Park in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. As well as a firework display (starting at 8pm), this spectacular event also features a fun fair, food stalls and music. We recommend you buy your tickets online before, and definitely get there well before 8pm (or you won’t be allowed in). If you're staying in our Hammersmith hostel then this is the closest firework display to you, a long with the Ravenscourt Park event below.
Nearest tube station: Putney Bridge
RAVENSCOURT PARK FIREWORKS
Saturday 3rd November | £8
The Ravenscourt Park firework display is a sister event to the one in Bishops Park, and guaranteed to go off with a bang. The West London firework display will be choreographed to music, food stands will be plentiful and there will be a funfair too to keep you occupied before the firework show begins at 8pm. Buy your tickets from their website in advance to avoid the queues on the day, and make sure you get there for 7:30pm to guarantee your entry.
Nearest tube station: Ravenscourt Park