Guy Fawkes 2016: best fireworks displays in London
Wondering where to go for fireworks in London? Bonfire Night 2016 is ablaze with impressive displays. Culture Whisper rounds up the best
Alexandra Palace, November, doors at 4pm, display at 9pm; 5th November, doors at 3pm, display at 8pm. Early bird prices: £7 (£5 for kids aged 10-15)
With a panoramic view of London, this year's firework festival at Alexandra Palace is set to be bigger and brighter than ever with laser shows and a Mexican Day of the Dead parade. Families should arrive early to enjoy the iceskating rink and the enormous family area with a bonfire and funfair. In addition to music and DJ sets, Alexandra Palace will also host the UK's largest German Beer Festival and a Craft Beer & Street Food Village.
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Battersea Park, 5th November, doors at 6pm, display at 8pm, £8-10 (children under 10 go free but must have a ticket)
The legendary annual display at Battersea Park always goes off with a bang. Last year's display was themed A Royal Night Out. This year, expect crowds and come early for a display by Jubilee Fireworks — also, as the queue for the bar is always snaking, we advise bringing along your own cans (glass is not allowed).
Book tickets early; they often sellout.
Lord Mayor’s Show, Blackfriars and Waterloo, 12th November, all day from 9.00am, fireworks at 5.15pm, free
For a celebration of all things traditional, the Lord Mayor’s Show, this year celebrating 800 years of pageantry, never fails to entertain. The day commences with a flotilla along the Thames at 9.00am with Tower Bridge opening in salute shortly after, and later, a procession through the Square Mile featuring carriages, carts, vintage cars, steamroller, tanks, penny farthings and more. In the lull before the fireworks, guided walks around the square mile will be setting off at various times.
If that’s not for you, why not spend the day on London’s eclectic South Bank, and explore what’s on offer in the amalgam of exhibitions and events? Then head to the riverfront to watch the spectacular Thames display in the afternoon.
No need to book for this free display, but turn up early to beat the crowds.
Book tickets for Grandstand seats.
Ealing Cricket Club, 5th November, 6pm, fireworks at 7.30pm, £6 (£4 for under 14s)
We can't wait to see how the Ealing Cricket Club top the spectacle of last years fantasy themed fireworks. This year's theme is The POP World - USA Style, and will be set to music like Michael Jackson, Tina Turner, Madonna and Prince. This family fun event will also feature fairground rides, a BBQ, mulled wine and candy floss, so you won't be disappointed by the finest fireworks display West London has to offer.
Tickets are for sale on the door.
Wimbledon Park, 3rd November, 6:45pm/8:30pm, £8 (£6 for 5-16s)
This year, Wimbledon Park will have two displays, both on Thursday. First, there will be one for the little ones - a colourful, magic-themed display at 6.45pm. This will be followed by a larger 'round the world' themed display, set to music from all corners of the globe. As well as music and fireworks, there will be food and drink and a funfair, with festivities continuing until 10pm. This one an event for those addicted to canine company for desperate for a drink with their fireworks, as alcohol and dogs are forbidden.
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Hackney Fireworks Pyromusical, Clissold Park, 5th November 5.30pm, fireworks at 7pm, £8.50 Adults, £3.50 Children (£1 discount for Hackney residents)
Funfair rides, street performers, food and drink and, of course, fireworks will descend on Clissold Park on the 5th November. Though the theme has yet to be released, we already know that it will be a 'pyromusical': fireworks synchronised to music.
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Southwark Park, 5th November, 5pm, free
Attracting over 30,000 last year, Southwark Park fireworks is one of the largest free fireworks events in London, and has been going strong for over a decade. Family activities and food and drink will be available until 8pm.
Tickets in advance are necessary, and can be reserved here from 3rd October.
Looking for a fun, alternative spot?
If you’d like to enjoy the abundance of stunning displays, but don’t want to be caught up in the harangue, why not not head for a quiet dinner atop the Heron Tower, and watch London light up from the peaceful confines of the Duck and Waffle? Or, for a little indulgence, head up to the Shard’s Oblix for a cocktail at their Lounge Bar.