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.
Here are the best 2018 London Bonfire Night events. Check back nearer the time for up-to-date information on the 2019 Bonfire Night displays in London.
Southwark's fireworks night
Battersea Park fireworks
Join 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 restaurants and bars of nearby Battersea Power Station, before filling your Instagram feed with snaps of the Battersea Park fireworks display on the banks of the river Thames.
Get set for a magical night at the Lambeth fireworks in Brockwell Park. Expect a dazzling firework display to popular soundtracks, alongside a tempting array of street vendors, live music and entertainment at this south London Bonfire Night festival.
Crystal Palace Fireworks
Head to Beckenham fireworks at Croydon Road Recreation Ground for plenty of family fun. Choose between a quiet firework show, or the big bangs of the main display later in the evening. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy Bonfire Night food, the funfair and face painting for the kids.
Make your way to Blackheath Fireworks, one of the largest free London fireworks displays on Bonfire Night. Enjoy this epic event which regularly hosts more than 80,000 people and includes a funfair, as well as an array of food and drink stalls.
Guy Fawkes Night in Newham
Tower Hamlets fireworks
Drop by the Tower Hamlets fireworks in Victoria Park for an evening of Bonfire Night fun. Keep warm with snacks from the food and drink stalls, before the free fireworks display lights up the skies over east London.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Head over to north London for a weekend of fun at the annual two-day Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival. One of the top Bonfire Night events in London, the activities on offer include a German beer festival, a funfair, ice skating, live music and a dazzling fireworks show.
Light Up the Night at Wembley Park
Watch fireworks shimmer over Wembley Stadium’s iconic arch at the Light Up the Night display in Wembley Park. See the stunning fireworks display set to music, enjoy family entertainment and feast at delicious food stalls.
Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks at the Royal Gunpowder Mills
Discover the history of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot with the Royal Gunpowder Mills’ Guy Fawkes Festival and Fireworks event. The former gunpowder factory offers a line-up of daytime activities and foodie treats, before a spectacular fireworks finale.
Kempton Park Racecourse fireworks
Experience one of the biggest firework displays in west London at Kempton Park Racecourse. You’ll find thrilling rides, DJ sets, warming food and a themed firework display set to top tunes, which are sure to impress!
Wimbledon Park fireworks
Ravenscourt Park fireworks display
Journey to Ravenscourt Park to enjoy an impressive fireworks event this Bonfire Night weekend in London. Take a spin on the funfair rides and tuck into tasty treats from the food stalls, before enjoying the main display.
Learn more about Bonfire Night fireworks in London and the story behind Guy Fawkes Night.
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.