Bonfire Night, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Night, is a November celebration that the United Kingdom takes very seriously. It is taking place on the 5th this year and these are all the best places to catch the fireworks displays in London.
So take advantage of Heathrow hotel deals and make sure you are in London to enjoy these celebratory fireworks. Before that, though: a bit of history. In 1605, on 5 November – the day Bonfire Day is usually celebrated – the Gunpowder Plot was foiled and conspirators hoping to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London stopped, and bonfires were lit to celebrate the King’s safety. Since then, a bonfire is burned annually to commemorate the event.
Alexander Palace is a Grade II listed entertainment and sports venue in London. It is also arguably the best spot in London to watch the fireworks – especially when you consider they run an entire Fireworks Festival! It runs for the first couple of days of November, and there are street food stalls, film screenings, ice skating, cabaret shows and a beer festival alongside the beautiful displays. Tickets are on sale now!
Nearest station: Wood Green, Piccadilly Line
The 200-acre space in Battersea Park in Wandsworth perfectly suits a firework evening for the whole family to enjoy. Jubilee Fireworks, the award-winning fireworks company, will be running the fireworks so you can expect an evening of magical lights and cheer.
Nearest station: Battersea Park Overground
Though it is tempting to stay snuggled in your room at Park Grand Osterley during the cold November months, you have got to make the most of the fireworks season, considering how popular they are across the United Kingdom. On the first of the month, Coram’s Fields, a park in Bloomsbury with a seven-acre playground and park for children and young people, transforms into a magical firework display venue come Bonfire Night time of year. The event is fun for the whole family!
Nearest station: King’s Cross St Pancras
Head to Bounds Green for Wild Wolf Fireworks and Bonfires, where The Wild Wolf Explorer Scouts are responsible for a night of fun-filled family bonding while enjoying the street food and firework displays. Whether it is falafel, barbecue or Norwegian waffles you are after, this event in North London provides. They also offer the option of a low noise display, for children who find the loud display too overwhelming. Buying tickets in advance is highly recommended, as it means you can skip the lines on arrival and the whole evening will run more smoothly.
Nearest station: Bounds Green, Piccadilly Line
There are a number of firework displays that take place at Byron Park, such as Uxbridge and Harrow, Diwali and Harrow, Wembley and Harrow, Ealing and Harrow and Barnett and Harrow. The latter is a particularly special evening because the fireworks are synchronised and choreographed to a film, whilst acknowledging Diwali.
Nearest station: Harrow & Wealdstone
Note: This display alone is worth booking a hotel for the night. On a budget? Take advantage of Heathrow hotel deals to save big!
Welling Round Table will be hosting a charity fireworks display in Danson Park, which takes place over the lovely lake to music, with picnic areas to enjoy from. There are food stalls, a children’s funfair and drink stands so that it is a fun evening for the entire family, with dinner and entertainment sorted. This park in the borough of Bexley is a lovely spot to visit year-round, especially when the fireworks are on, as it has an Old English Garden, Rock Garden and Peace Garden.
Nearest station: Bexleyheath Overground
Dulwich Sports Club
Dulwich Sports Club is hosting a family evening of pizza, barbecue, mulled wine, ale and fireworks. It is free for children under 10, making it a fun but inexpensive evening out for the whole family – and for a good cause! Tickets are not available to purchase on the night, so be sure to get yours ahead of time via the link below.
Nearest station: West Dulwich Overground
Tower Hamlets’ favourite and largest park, Victoria Park, hosts a fireworks evening every Bonfire Night. It is sometimes referred to as Tower Hamlets Fireworks. It is completely free – and there aren’t too many of those still in London, so it is very popular. This year is a special version, as it celebrates 50 years since the Apollo 11 moon landing and has a space-inspired theme.
Nearest station: Homerton Overground
Wembley Park’s fireworks display is one of London’s finest, lighting up on the 10 November sky this year with fireworks and lanterns. There is food, it is family-friendly, it is completely free and no pre-registration is required. A simple but exciting day out for everyone – all you have got to do is turn up and enjoy!
Nearest station: Wembley Park, Metropolitan Line
Wimbledon Park is beautiful throughout the year, but it is something truly special when there are fireworks on. There is the sparkling sky and a funfair, as well as discounted tickets for families and children. Tickets are available until midday on the day of the events, with none available at the door.
Nearest station: Wimbledon Park, District Line So wrap up warm, knowing you have got the comfort of your bed at Park Grand Hotel Hounslow to return to, and head to any of these fantastic open spaces in London to enjoy Bonfire Night this year. Enjoy the fireworks, eat at local food and drink stalls, and embrace this great day enjoying the outdoors and the fiery sky.