There are so many fantastic fireworks displays across London it can be hard to decide which one to attend.
Remember remember the fifth of November… Bonfire Night is nearly upon us and if you haven’t yet worked out where you’re going to spend it, we have a little inspiration in store. London has got so many options – depending on where you’re staying or working – and celebrations of all sizes. This means there’s no excuse not to add a few fireworks to your serviced apartment stay.
Alexandra Palace – November 4th and 5th
So popular is the annual fireworks festival at the Ally Pally that for this year it has been extended into a two-day event. What really sets it apart from other displays is its position on a hill overlooking the city, offering great views and the chance to see other explosions going off across London. Expect a huge bonfire, funfair rides, an ice rink, food and drinks stalls and even a German beer festival. On the Friday, things kick off with the lighting of the bonfire at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 9pm, while on the Saturday these two elements are brought forward an hour.
Family tickets cost £31, with individuals priced at £11 for adults and £8.50 for children. Book in advance at the website to avoid disappointment.
Wimbledon Park – November 3rd
Not content with providing one Guys Fawkes extravaganza, Wimbledon Park stages two – both on the same evening. The earlier one – at 6.34pm – is perfect for younger children, while the later festivities – at 8.30pm – are more suited to adults. Both involve a bonfire and large fireworks display, while the park will be decked out with fairground rides and food stalls to keep everyone entertained.
It’s £40 for a family ticket on the night or £10 for individuals. Substantial savings can be made by purchasing tickets in advance online here
Morden Park – November 5th
Run by the same people as the Wimbledon Park event, the festivities in Morden Park two days later will take the same format. Rock up at 6.45pm for the Magic celebrations for kids and 8.30pm to behold Around the World for older children and adults. Things finish at 10pm, so wrap up warm and make an evening of it.
Tickets can also be purchased from the website at a discounted rate in advance or on the day at full price.
Bishop’s Park – November 4th
This year’s fireworks display at Bishop’s Park takes on a Shakespearean theme. There are two events, with one for youngsters at 7.15pm and another at 8.10pm for adults, with the timing of the colourful explosions being set to music. There will be plenty of hot food and drinks to enjoy, but the organisers have banned alcohol and sparklers, so leave them behind.
Entry is between £6 and £8, making the event a budget-friendly one, while under-fives get in free.
Ravenscourt Park – November 5th
The sister event to the Bishop’s Park displays, but on the following night, gives you the opportunity to enjoy the Shakespeare-orientated festivities once more. Get there from 6pm if you’re bringing young children, so they can enjoy the funfair before the main event kicks off. It’s got all the ingredients of a wonderful night.
Prices are the same as above, between £6 and £8.
East Village – November 4th
Not content with having lit up the skies above London for the Olympics back in 2012, Titanium Fireworks is returning to the Athletes’ Village with a display that is bound to take your breath away. It will be accompanied by light installations and food provided by some of the best local eateries, making it an evening to remember.
Tickets are free, but are likely to be hot property. Get yours here
Crystal Palace – November 5th
Offering a more sedate display for children at 7pm, with fewer bangs and more colours, followed by one that pulls out all the stops at 8.30pm, the Crystal Palace show is set to wow. After all, displays have been held in this particular London spot since 1865, so they really know what they’re doing. The second extravaganza will go on for a whole 25 minutes, making it well worth venturing out into the cold.
Family tickets cost £19.80, with adults priced at £7.50 and children, £5.10. Available here
Battersea Park – November 5th
If you’re a rock music fan, then the Legends firework display at Battersea Park is the one for you. Offering a final farewell in the form of huge explosions of colour set to the soundtrack of recently departed heroes, this event is the perfect memorial to the creators of Purple Rain and Starman. Crowds are expected to reach 50,000 people, so you’ll really feel like you’re part of something special.
Only those with advanced purchase tickets will be granted entry. Adult tickets start at £8 and children under ten are free. Get organised and buy yours here