London firework displays and festivals for Bonfire Night 2018
Start your trip to London with a bang at one of these fireworks festivals.
Every 5 November, bonfires are lit across the UK and fireworks are let off, to commemorate the anniversary of a failed attempt by Catholic rebels to kill King James I in 1605. Led by Guy Fawkes, their terrible plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament with barrels of gunpowder was interrupted and stopped at the last minute.
Friday 2 & Saturday 3 November
At the top of a hill with fantastic views across the capital, Alexandra Palace’s huge festival of fireworks has more entertainment than you can shake a sparkler at, including a laser show, a German beer festival, more than 50 street food stalls, DJs and circus performers.
Saturday 3 November
Meanwhile, south of the river there’s a huge bonfire and a spectacular fireworks display at Battersea Park. Staying south, Blackheath’s display is one of the biggest free events in London, attracting more than 80,000 people. There is also a musical display at Morden Park.
Monday 5 November
This is officially Bonfire Night but, because it’s on a Monday night this year, there are less big displays to choose from. We recommend attending Wimbledon Park’s musical display.
Read our feature, Bonfire Night Around Britain, to discover events that take place beyond London