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Where to Watch the Fireworks in London

Wondering where to watch the fireworks this Bonfire Night? The Resident rounds up the best fireworks displays in London in November 2019…

Lead image: Ally Pally Fireworks Festival (photo: Lloyd Winters)

NORTH LONDON

Ally Pally Firework’s Festival, N22
1-2 November
Ally Pally is hosting its usual two day Fireworks Festival with music, cabaret, bars, a new pagan-inspired fire-lighting ritual – designed by Mutoid Waste, whose previous work has been featured at Glastonbury – culminating in the lighting of a 30ft effigy, and a huge fireworks display soundtracked by Bestival founder Rob da Bank. StrEATlife Village, one of London’s top street food and craft beer festivals, will be serving up refreshments in the family area, which will also host live sets from Rob da Bank and legendary music producer and Soul II Soul founder, Jazzie B, as well as Café de Pally with live bands, cabaret and stand-up sets hosted by comedian Ed Night. From 7.30pm Friday and 6.30pm Saturday. Tickets £12.50 adults, £10 kids (under 10s £2.50).
fireworks.london 

Hackney Firework Display, Clissold Park N16
Saturday 2 November
The Hackney Fireworks Display returns to Clissold Park with a spectacle of colour and music. The fireworks display will be synchronised to music, and there will also be street performers, live music, food and drink stalls, as well as a children’s village with face painters and a sparkler zone. Gates open at 5pm, display starts at 7.30pm (the display is 20 minutes long and suitable for all ages). Tickets are £3.75 for children and £8.75 for adults (£1 discount for Hackney residents).
eventbrite.co.uk

Highgate Fireworks Festival, N6
Saturday 9 November

Highgate Fireworks Festival has a family-friendly display from 4pm-6.30pm (fireworks at 6pm) and a musical fireworks display with bigger bangs from 7pm-9.30pm (fireworks at 9pm). There will be entertainment galore at this one, with a skatepark, graffiti wall, glitter bar, a disco hosted by a top DJ, bumper cars and a Ferris wheel, as well as street food from the likes of Cheeky Burger, Born & Raised Pizza and Matilda’s Waffles. There will also be a bar inside a heated marquee. Tickets are a little pricey (adults £15, kids £10, under 3s go free), but all proceeds go to two charities – Grief Encounter and Noah’s Ark. No ticket sales on the gate.
Highgate School Sports Field, Bishopswood Road N6 4PL; highgateschool.nutickets.com

Finchley Cricket Club’s Fireworks Night
Saturday 2 November
Finchley Cricket Club’s family and friends fireworks night will have a bonfire from 5pm, multiple food stalls and a licenced bar open till 11pm serving seasonal specials and your usual favourites, plus a fireworks extravaganza from 7pm. A single ticket is £6, or you can get a three-person family ticket for £15, a four-person family ticket for £20 or a five-person family ticket for £25. Buy your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.
33-45 East End Road, Finchley N3 2TA; facebook.com/events

London's best firework displays: Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival takes place over two days with comedy and a fun fair

Alexandra Palace Fireworks (photo: Lloyd Winters)

EAST LONDON

Newham’s Fireworks Night at the Royal Docks
Saturday 2 November 
Royal Wharf Pier is now served by the Thames Clipper, which is the perfect excuse to take a trip down the river. Taking over the Royal Docks, this fireworks display marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a luna theme, complete with a dramatic soundtrack chosen for an exhilarating journey through space. There will also be some electrifying performances from Lords of Lightning, a duo that melds creative genius with electrical wizardry to create a breathtaking light show, as well as Gandini jugglers​ performing ‘glow shows’ and LED Flag Dancers​. Plus the site will be artfully lit, illuminating the spectacular derelict Millennium Mills. Funfair rides, food stalls, a bar selling mulled wine and DJ Roberto from Heart FM also feature. Gates open 5.30pm. Free.
Silvertown Quays, Royal Docks E16 2BU; newham.gov.uk

Victoria Park Fireworks
Sunday 3 November
This year’s fireworks display at Victoria Park is another luna spectacular inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The historical event saw Neil Armstrong become the first man to step on the moon on 30 July 1969, so expect an astronomical explosion of space-inspired fun with glittering visuals, a cosmic soundtrack, alongside sizzling street food and hot drinks. This free fireworks display, organised by the councils Arts and Events team and supported by AEG Presents, starts at 7pm.
Victoria Park London, The Bow Brook E3 5TB; towerhamletsarts.org.uk

Fireworks at The Slide at ArcelorMittal Orbit
Saturday 2 November
While not a fireworks display of itself, you can watch fireworks all over the capital from the top of the UK’s tallest sculpture at this Special Late Opening at the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Ticket holders are welcome to enter the attraction from 7pm onwards to watch the fireworks displays taking place across the city, but you must book a timeslot for the Slide Experience (available every 15 minutes until 9pm). A cash bar serving cocktails, beer, wine and soft drinks will be open from 7pm-9.30pm. Last entry 9.30pm. Tickets £19.95 for adults and £13.95 for kids (8-16 years). All tickets include a complimentary drink.
3 Thornton Street, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford E20 2AD; arcelormittalorbit.digitickets.co.uk

Where to watch the fireworks in east London: Watch the skies light up from the ArcelorMittalOrbit

Watch the skies light up from the ArcelorMittalOrbit

SOUTH EAST LONDON

 

 

Blackheath Fireworks, SE3
Saturday 2 November
With over 100,000 people attending Blackheath Common’s spectacular display every year, there is never a lack of buzz or community spirit. A funfair kicks off at midday, before the food and drink stalls open at 5pm and the much-anticipated fireworks display starts at 8pm, lasting 15 minutes. Hosted by Lewisham Council, entry is free for this dazzling display of lights against a backdrop of historic buildings – in fact, it’s the biggest free and unticketed display in London – but donations are becoming increasingly important to keep it that way.
lewisham.gov.uk

Crystal Palace Park, SE19
Saturday 2 November
A new operator has taken over Crystal Palace Fireworks this year and they’re pulling out all the stops with an incredible ‘musical lightning’ show from Arcadia’s Lords of Lightning, who will be shooting lightning bolts from their bodies and playing an electric symphony through musical lightning – neat, huh? There will be DJs and live bands from 5pm, a myriad of street food traders representing 25 countries, and a selection of bars across the event – all in the Nocturnal Village – as well fairground rides for all ages. A bonfire will be lit at 6.30pm, and the huge firework display will feature full laser accompaniment and a booming soundtrack. Tickets from £10 for adults, £8.50 for kids and £2 for under 10s).
fireworksspectacular.co.uk

Chislehurst Recreation Grounds, BR7
Saturday 2 November 
The Chislehurst Rotary Club have run this event for over 35 years and it raises thousands of pounds for local charities such as the Kent Air Ambulance, Demelza House, Bromley Women’s Aid and the British Heart Foundation. As well as the spectacular fireworks display by the award-winning Firework Crazy, there will be international food stalls, a funfair, and a stage show before and after the fireworks by Lollipop Events, featuring Buddy Holly & Blues Brothers tribute bands. Gates open at 5.30pm, fireworks at 7pm. The main entrance is on Empress Drive. Tickets £9 in advance or £10 on the gates (kids £4/£5, family ticket £20/£25).
citizenticket.co.uk/chislehurst-rotary-fireworks

Southwark Park, SE16
Tuesday 5 November
The 15-year-old Southwark Park fireworks display is one of the best displays in London – and one of few in London always held on the very night Guy Fawkes was discovered guarding explosives beneath parliament – remember, remember the fifth of November! Entry is free for local residents but advance tickets are required. Winter home comfort snacks, festive drinks and entertainment will all be on offer. Gates open at 5pm, last entry 6.30pm. Tickets for non-residents are £8.50 for adults, £2.50 for kids (4-17 years), free for ages 3 and under, and £20 for a family ticket.
southwark.gov.uk

Dulwich Sports Club, SE24
Saturday 2 November

Dulwich Sports Club hosts its annual fireworks in the recreational grounds, where gates will open at 5pm with a gargantuan bonfire being lit at 6pm and fireworks, powered by Brilliant Fireworks, from 7pm. A new and improved layout will mean more food and drink stalls with a BBQ, pizza, toasted cheese sandwiches, mulled wine, real ale, a kids bar and more. Advance tickets £10, under 10s free (but a ticket is required). No tickets available on the night.
dulwichsports.co.uk

SOUTH WEST LONDON

Battersea Park, SW11
Saturday 2 November
Award-winning pyro-technicians Jubilee Fireworks, fuelled by Battersea Power Station, are gearing up for this year’s electrifying 22-minute firework display set to music. Gates open at 6pm for pre-show entertainment and food and drink stalls, the bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and fireworks start at 8pm. Tickets £10 (must be booked in advance), under-10s free but a ticket is required. This year, there’s even a Fireworks Afterparty with Rudimental and Norman Jay MBE on the decks, hosted by Huawei to celebrate the release of the Huawei nova 5T. The event will take place at Evolution London immediately after the fireworks and runs till 1am (tickets are £20 and must be purchased with a standard fireworks ticket, or you can try and win tickets here). You can also head over to Circus West Village before or after the fireworks to enjoy one of the many new restaurants, bars and cafes – Battersea Power Station’s weekly independent River Walk Market will also be staying open late, until 10pm, offering street food and arts and crafts.
enablelc.org/fireworks

Barnes Sports Club, SW13
Saturday 9 November
This one is perfect for people who want to dance into the small hours, as there’s a late-night disco in the clubhouse with music from DJ Disco Danger after the fireworks. There is a Best Guy competition, judged at 6.45pm, and the winner gets to light the bonfire and receives a Family Ticket for the next year’s event. There will also be hot mulled wine, a BBQ selling burgers and hot dogs and a large bar area. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire at 7pm, fireworks start at 7.45pm. Sparklers and glow items can be bought on site. Adults £15, kids £5, family £30. Tickets can be bought from the Clubhouse and selected local business (follow link below for more).
barnessportsclub.com

Richmond Athletic Ground, TW9
Sunday 3 November
This is a fantastic place to watch the fireworks with family and friends. The fireworks display will be choreographed by multi award-winning Phoenix Fireworks to the theme of 00s Music Night. There will also be live entertainment prior to the fireworks, with local charity Basement Door entertaining the crowds on the main pitch from 5.45pm and Studio K, a local dance studio, also be performing in the build-up. There will also be funfair rides, mulled wine, hot food, candy floss and popcorn stalls, plus an after-party in the Members’ Bar. Gates will open from 4.30pm and the fireworks begin at 7pm. Grandstand tickets £13, adults £9, kids £6, family tickets £25, car park £15 (Blue Badge holders £5).
the-raa.co.uk

WEST LONDON

Chiswick Park, W4
Thursday 7 November
The annual free Fireworks Extravaganza at Chiswick Park returns with pre-show entertainment and food stalls from 5pm and a fireworks display synchronised to a great soundtrack from 7pm. Alongside the main event, Shooting Star Children’s Hospices will reignite their hottest event – the Fire Walk – where brave souls walk across burning embers of up to 1,200ºF. The event, which takes place at 6pm and costs £25, requires no training but you will need to sign up at shootingstar.org.uk/fire-walk (over 18s only). There will also be a live band, performers, children’s face painters and much more. Chiswick Park firework is one of London’s few free displays.
566 Chiswick High Road W4 5YA; enjoy-work.com

Wembley Park, HA9
Sunday 10 November

Wembley Park stages its second Light Up the Night festival this year with fireworks, a lantern parade, fairground rides and a community stage in celebration of both Bonfire Night and Diwali. The lantern parade begins at 6pm on Olympic Way, with giant illuminated butterflies, a magnificent five-metre tall mechanical Fire Bird inspired by the Garuda bird myths found in Hindu, Buddhist and Jain culture, and three brand-new, giant puppets designed by artist Tony Mason. The night’s celebrations will be topped off by an elaborate fireworks display, launching from Engineers Way at 7pm, facing the iconic Wembley Stadium, as well as street food and music at Boxpark Wembley, and Dohl drummers, firework-themed cocktails and light up dancers at London Designer Outlet. 5pm-10pm. Wembley Park fireworks is one of the few remaining completely free Bonfire Night events in London.
wembleypark.com

Ravenscourt Park, W6 
Saturday 2 November
Hammersmith & Fulham usually runs two firework displays, but the Bishop’s Park display will not take place this year due to building works at nearby Craven Cottage. Ravenscourt Park fireworks will have both a children’s display at 6.30pm and the main display at 8.30pm. The fun starts from 4pm and runs till 10pm, with live music, fire performers, a funfair, food stalls and new bars serving up a wider selection of drinks than ever before. No admittance after 8pm. Tickets £8.30 (free for under 5s), with limited tickets available to buy on the night.
lbhf.gov.uk

Brentham Club, W5
Saturday 2 November
With a beautiful 12 acres of land surrounding The Brentham Club in Ealing, you are sure to find a good spot to watch the fireworks. Doors open at 6pm with plenty of children’s activities and entertainment – including a kids disco, face painting, sparklers, glow sticks, a beer tent, mulled wine, hot dogs and burgers – until the fireworks display begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £7 for adults and £4 for kids and £16 for families when bought in advance.
facebook.com/brenthanclub

Ealing Cricket Club, W5
Saturday 2 November
Ealing Cricket Club’s annual fireworks display is themed Fireworks Showtime this year, with a display set to music showtime music and a laser display prior to the fireworks. There will also be children’s fun rides and glow novelties, bars selling mulled wine, a BBQ, curry stand and candy floss. Gates open at 6pm, display from 7.45pm. Tickets booked in advance: Adults £7.25, kids £4.25 (5-14years), under 5s free, family ticket £20 (on the gate – cash only – adults are £8, kids £5 and family £25).
Corfton Road, Ealing W5 2HS; ealingcc.co.uk 

Trailfinders Sports Club Fireworks Display, W13
Tuesday 5 November
There’ll be fun for all the family with a spectacular fireworks display, licensed bars, food stalls, stilt walkers and fire eaters at Trailfinders Sports Club Fireworks Display in Ealing. Gates open at 6pm, display starts at 7.30pm. £7 adults, £3 under 14s, parking £5. Buy tickets in advance online or on the gate.
Vallis Way, West Ealing W13 0DD; tfsc.co.uk



 

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