It’s that time of year again when London’s sky is lit up by a wonderful array of fireworks.
To mark Guy Fawkes Night, bonfires will be lit and rockets fired high into the night sky at a number of locations across the capital. While a large number of favorites will return in 2021, some will unfortunately not be back this year. The exhibitions at Blackheath, Crystal Palace Park, Clissold Park, Kingston, Bishops Park, Southwark Park, Victoria Park have all been canceled, mostly with reference to rising Covid cases, with some rejecting the exhibitions due to council cuts.
Some are also already sold out – Alexandra Palace and Wimbledon Park are among the most prominent – but there are still plenty of seats left. Most events are ticketed, so it’s a good idea to book in advance.
It is not technically a screen, but this one offers a view that is hard to beat. Walk down to the Olympic Park and 80m up the ArcelorMittal for a truly amazing look at the fireworks that are happening all over London. Overlooking 20 miles, you can choose what to see. Each ticket includes a free drink.
Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20
This exhibition in south London has long been incredibly popular, and it extends to two nights in 2021 – Saturday is the traditional bonfire party with a German beer cellar, live music and bumper cars and an afterparty that will keep the good times going until midnight . Sunday will be a more family-friendly affair with an impressive light show instead of a bonfire.
Times: from kl. 18:00 (November 6), from kl. 17.00 (November 7)
Address: Battersea Park, SW11
Go for lots of food, hot mulled wine, bonfires and (hurray!) A good old-fashioned best guy competition. You can buy star throwers on glow-sticks on the spot and there will be a DJ ready to deliver the tunes.
Address: Barnes Sports Club, SW13
Celebrate Bonfire Night as well as Diwali at this all-day event, which starts at noon and runs until the fireworks in the evening. Expect a fun fair, face painting, henna hand art, pre-show entertainment and more. There is free admission from kl.
Times: from noon fireworks start at. 19.45 ca
The second of a duo of Merton fireworks (the first in Wimbledon Park is already sold out), this one in Morden Park will have two shows – the first will be a family-oriented one with a Disney music theme, while the later edition will feature James Bond -music. Stay well fed in the street food village, and have a laugh at the amusement park.
Tickets: £ 9 adults, £ 7 juniors (5-15 years), children aged 4 and under go free, £ 30 family (two adults, two juniors), merton.gov.uk
Times: from 17.15 (early performance) and 19.15 (late performance)
Address: Morden Park, SM4
With a fireworks choreographed to music and much more than keeping everyone entertained – from crepes and mulled wine to dance performances and a fun fair – this event looks set to be a winner.
Times: from 4.30 pm fireworks start at 7 pm, approx
Address: Richmond Athletic Ground, TW9
These are all the usual suspects – food, booze, a bonfire and fireworks – on this popular evening in north London. You can buy tickets at the gate, but it’s a bit cheaper if you get your tickets online in advance.
Tickets: £ 8.50 adults (£ 9.50 at the gate), under 15s £ 5 (£ 6 at the gate), £ 24 families (up to two adults and three under 15s, £ 29 at the gate), thelittleboxoffice.com
Times: from 17.30, bonfire lit 18.30, fireworks 19.40
Address: Totteridge Millhillians Cricket Club, N20
This is a long-standing favorite on the calendar – fireworks have been around for more than 70 years. There will be two exhibitions this year, with a previous show for younger children (“some little bangs”, say the organizers) and the main show later that evening. Food and beverages range from jerk chicken to Bailey’s hot chocolate. Only tickets at the gate, both cash and cards are accepted.
Tickets: £ 10 adults, £ 5 children (aged 11-18), under 11 are free, £ 20 families (two adults and two children, or one adult and three children)
Times: from kl. 17:00, early viewing at 18.00, main viewing at. 19.45
Address: Croydon Road Recreation Ground, BR3
The fireworks return to this part of north London with a large exhibition and a decent selection of food and drink stalls to keep everyone happy.
Times: from 5pm, fireworks at 7.30pm
Address: Enfield Town Park, EN2