10 best Bonfire Night fireworks in London 2024

Remember, remember the fifth of November with these top Bonfire Night fireworks displays in London.
Visit London Editors
Written by Visit London Editors 13 June 2024
Fireworks Festival at Alexandra Palace
Fireworks Festival at Alexandra Palace. Photo: Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust

Steeped in both tradition and fun, Bonfire (or Guy Fawkes) Night is one occasion on the social calendar that you won't want to miss! Each year, London's skies light up with fantastic displays of colourful fireworks, joined by large roaring fires and plenty of sparklers.

Popular among friends and families alike, bonfire night is one event that requires a touch of preparation to ensure the best possible time, so we've compiled a list below of the best bonfire night fireworks in London! From north to south and east to west, we've got you covered with the top locations for Bonfire Night across London. 

Why do we celebrate Bonfire Night in London?

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.

It is still customary today for the cellars in the Houses of Parliament to be searched by the Yeoman of the Guard before each State Opening of Parliament.

The day became known as Guy Fawkes Day or Guy Fawkes Night, but it's now more commonly called Bonfire Night.

When is Bonfire Night?

As follows the tradition, Bonfire Night is celebrated every year on or around 5 November. Bonfires are usually 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.

Top tips for Fireworks Night in London

Follow these top tips to make sure your Bonfire Night goes off with a bang:

  • Book your tickets ahead to guarantee entry: many London fireworks events are usually ticketed and can be bought in advance.
  • Take cash, as some vendors at London Guy Fawkes Night fireworks displays are cash-only.
  • Enjoy more than just the fireworks! There are plenty of activities for all ages to enjoy, plus seasonal food and drink at most events.
  • Wrap up warm to enjoy a whole evening of fun.

Find what's on offer during London Bonfire Night below, from east to west, north to south.

Best Bonfire Night fireworks in London

Since Bonfire night is celebrated on a nationwide scale, there are plenty of Bonfire night events to attend in the capital city. Displays are usually immense and impressive, with tickets required in advance if you're entering one of the larger ones. Food and drink are usually available also, meaning you can really make a night out of this occasion! 

1. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival

Red and white fireworks explode near Alexandra Palace at night, with the London skyline in the background.
Fireworks Festival at Alexandra Palace. Image courtesy of Alexandra Park & Palace Charitable Trust.

Head to one of north London's best vantage points for a night of fun at the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival. One of the top Bonfire Night events in London. 2023 activities at Ally Pally's fireworks included a German beer festival, DJ sets from Fat Tony and DJ Spoony, an ice disco and a dazzling light show. TBC

2. Wimbledon Park fireworks

Witness one of two breath-taking displays of pyrotechnics at the Wimbledon Park fireworks, where music and fireworks combine to create a dramatic show. In 2023, a spectacular fire and light show replaced the usual bonfire at a climate-conscious event. Along with rides and a variety of food stalls for snacks. TBC

3. Bonfire Night fireworks Morden Park

A similar event to the Wimbledon fireworks, this musical-themed fireworks in Morden Park takes place each year. Enjoy music and funfair rides, and tuck into warming food and drink from the street food village. TBC

4. Chiswick Park Fireworks Extravaganza

Head to the annual Chiswick Park Fireworks Extravaganza in west London for live music, fire performers, seasonal food and more. This spectacular fireworks display at Chiswick Business Park is set to music and is usually free to enter, but tickets must be booked in advance. TBC

5. Battersea Park Fireworks

Red and white fireworks explode above a large crowd of people at night, with Battersea Power Station in the background.
Battersea Park Fireworks. Image courtesy of Enable Leisure and Culture.

Join thousands of revellers as this pretty park is illuminated with a huge bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display every year. Tuck into food and drink from the restaurants and bars at nearby Battersea Power Station, before enjoying the Battersea fireworks display on the banks of the river Thames. TBC

6. Beckenham Fireworks in the Park

Take the kids to Beckenham Fireworks in the Park at Croydon Road Recreation Ground each year, which has plenty of family entertainment. 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 and the funfair. TBC

7. Barnes Sports Club fireworks

Head to leafy Barnes in south-west London for the annual Bonfire Night display at Barnes Sports Club. Alongside a traditional bonfire and fireworks display, there's usually a "Best Guy" competition, BBQ, bar and music from a DJ. Last year visitors could purchase glow in the dark toys and sparklers for a fun bonfire night with the family. TBC

8. Ealing Cricket Club fireworks display

Music, laser show, pyrotechnics...expect a bonfire night extravaganza at the Ealing Cricket Club fireworks display. Raising money for the cricketing community in the local area, this west London Bonfire Night also includes candy floss, kids' rides and family entertainment. This year the theme is 'Best of British' with the display set to iconic theme tunes. TBC

9. Brent and Harrow fireworks display

Enjoy 2 celebrations in one at the Brent and Harrow fireworks display in Byron Park, when Diwali and Guy Fawkes share centre stage on Bonfire Night. In 2023, revellers enjoyed a thrilling display of fireworks, plus a funfair and a variety of food and drink outlets. TBC

10. 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! TBC

Where is the best place to watch London fireworks?

The best place to watch London fireworks can depend on a number of factors, including the weather and your vantage point. Free locations such as Primrose Hill are great for watching the fireworks due to their clear view of the city, however, they can get very busy.

To guarantee a positive experience, we recommend attending one of the larger events such as the Battersea Park Fireworks or the Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival.

If you're looking for a "Bonfire Night near me" and local firework displays, download the Visit London app.

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