Each year, London marks the historic moment when Guy Fawkes and his motley crew attempted to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I in the Gunpowder Plot of 5 November 1605 – the day became known as Guy Fawkes Day, or more commonly Bonfire Night.
Every November, bonfires are lit on which effigies known as “guys” are burned; while the skies are filled with colourful fireworks. It’s also a time to enjoy traditional Bonfire Night food and drink, alongside music, funfairs and family activities.
Find some of the best local firework displays in London on Bonfire Night below, and check back nearer the time for confirmed dates and 2017 event details.
Battersea Park Fireworks Display
Join the thousands of revellers as this pretty park is illuminated with a huge bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display. Tuck into food and drink from the various stalls or enjoy the family activities during the Battersea Park Fireworks Display on the banks of the river Thames.
Southwark Fireworks Display
The free Southwark Fireworks Display draws in around 30,000 people every year; making it one of the largest free displays in the city. With a setting along the south bank of the river Thames and with plenty of food, drink and entertainment on offer, it’s a great place to see your first Bonfire Night fireworks display in London.
Crystal Palace Park Firework Display
One of the city’s longest-running fireworks displays, the annual Crystal Palace Park Firework Display brings thousands to the South London park that’s also famed for its dinosaurs. Expect plenty of family fun, including a children’s firework display, food, and children’s activities at this alcohol-free event.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
With views stretching across London and plenty of family activities to enjoy, the two-day Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival has become one of the top Bonfire Night events in London. With activities ranging from a German beer festival to funfairs and ice skating, there’s always plenty for all ages at this fireworks show.
Join the annual Brent Fireworks Night in its new location at Wembley Park. With a dazzling fireworks display set to a soundtrack of top tunes, family entertainment and delicious food stalls, this free event sets Guy Fawkes Night off with a bang.
Set in one of London’s largest outdoor spaces, the Blackheath Fireworks make a great evening out for family and friends looking to enjoy the fireworks in London in a buzzing atmosphere. Regularly hosting more than 80,000 people, it’s one of the largest Bonfire Night events in London; and what’s more it’s free - leaving you plenty of change to indulge in some seasonal treats.
Victoria Park Fireworks
Head over to the Victoria Park Fireworks for an evening of Bonfire Night fun. Keep warm with snacks from the food and drink stalls, before the fireworks display lights up the skies over East London.
Waltham Forest Fireworks
Celebrate Bonfire Night at the family-friendly Waltham Forest Fireworks in Chestnuts Field which attract around 20,000 people. The free fireworks show boasts a large funfair plus a variety of food stalls and a bar.
Bishop’s Park Fireworks
Sister event to the annual Bonfire Night in Ravenscourt Park, the Bishop’s Park Fireworks Display is a short walk from Putney Bridge Tube station and attracts thousands of visitors. With a funfair and an alcohol-free and dog-free policy, these Fulham fireworks are great for young kids.
Wimbledon Park Fireworks
The Wimbledon Fireworks Display in South West London has a family focus, with the likes of a funfair and children’s fireworks display to enjoy. The display takes place on a different evening to its sister event in Morden, so why not enjoy two nights of firework fun? After all, it’s a whole year to wait for another Bonfire Night.
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NYE Fireworks in London
Bonfire Night in London is not the only large-scale fireworks London event. At the end of the year London’s largest annual fireworks display takes place: London New Year’s Eve fireworks. Find out more about the London NYE fireworks, including how to get London fireworks tickets.