As the autumn evenings grow crisp and cool, November in London begins with an abundance of Bonfire Night fireworks to warm us all up (Saturday November 5 2016). Wrap up snug, head to one of the capital's many firework displays, and enjoy a show of spectacular colours over London's top attractions and beyond.
When is Bonfire Night?
Remember, remember the fifth of November (the main firework action takes places on Saturday November 5 2016, but events will run before and afterwards). Check our listings below for more details, and if you can't make them, you can see more firework action later in November at the Lord Mayor's Show and Fireworks.
What is Bonfire Night?
Bonfire Night a.k.a. Fireworks Night, a.k.a Guy Fawkes Night, traditionally marks the anniversary of the end of the plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605.
Where is Bonfire Night?
Firework displays take place across the whole of London. Select your local area below, or venture further afield, and pick a fireworks party that's sure to end with a bang.
Bonfire Night events in London 2016
The lofty palace returned to illuminating the skies of north London three years ago following a distressing four-year hiatus, and it's back again for 2016 - and this year it's happening TWICE. As well as impressive firework displays with a glittering panoramic view of London as its backdrop tickets include entrance to a family zone with funfair rides and entertainment, an adult funfair and a street food and craft beer village.Read more
Fireworks fill Harrow's Byron Park again in 2016 on an 'outer spcae' theme along with heaps of entertainment catering to all ages. The site opens from midday and boasts a world food area and fun fair. Tickets are cheaper if booked in advance and a family ticket is available online. Find more fireworks displays in LondonRead more
Like many of the displays around the city this Bonfire Night, Clissold Park will be setting their fireworks to music, kicking off the 20-minute performance at 7pm. Gates open at 5.30pm, however, so you have time to enjoy the funfair, street performers, and various food and drink stalls. Tickets must be booked in advance online and Hackney residents get a £1 discount.Read more
Pyrotechnics return to Clissold Park in 2016 and should be a real treat for local residents once again. Expect display set to music with fireworks specially chosen to prevent animals that live in the park to become distressed, and there are plenty of food and drink stalls on site so you can make an evening of it. Tickets must be bought in advance from Eventbrite. Find more fireworks displays in LondonRead more
A welcome central London display at the playground where, famously, adults may only enter if they're accompanied by a child. Although it's an early display (5.15pm) it will be pretty dark so there will be no frolicking in the playground on this occasion. It's a simple affair, just fireworks, plus hot food and other refreshments on sale. Find more fireworks displays in LondonRead more
Two opportunitites to celebrate Bonfire Night at Highgate School, both of which feature live bands, a magic show, fairground rides, street food stalls – courtesy of Dirty Burger, Tootoomoo, Jamon Jamon and more – a photobooth in a taxi and, of course, fireworks. The early display at 6pm is for children, while the later one at 9pm is for adults.Read more
This family-friendly event is run by the Wild Wolf Explorer Scouts in the Bounds Green Scout Park. As well as a professional fireworks display there'll be a bonfire, children's entertainment, BBQ food, Norwegian waffles, doughnuts and plenty more besides. The event is alcohol-free.Read more
Bonfire Night events in London 2016
Only the organised may take in the fireworks from Battersea Park, as tickets which go on sale this Autumn must be bought in advance. Those who do manage to do some forward-planning will be rewarded with a display that's choreographed to a musical soundtrack, plus a bar, food stalls and concessions selling glow products to make everything even more colourful.Read more
The Morden Park fireworks involve bonfires and two displays, the first of which at 6.45pm is suitable for young children, followed by a more elaborate (read: way louder) adult display at 8.30pm, again kicked off with a bonfire. Fairground rides and food stalls also made an appearance.Read more
The skies above Southwark will sparkle once again on November 5 thanks to this annual display. The event attracted a whopping 33,000 people last year meaning the 2015 edition will still be free, but ticketed to help manage the crowds. Expect fireworks to be set to music, a family funfair, hot food stalls and warming drinks to keep crowds feeling toasty. Gates open at 5pm and last entry to the park will be at 6.30pm.Read more
Beckenham Scouts have taken over from the Round Table this year to host the area's annual firework display. Go for the autism-friendly quiet display at 7pm or the loud display at 8.15pm - either way, you also get funfairs, hot food stalls and warm drinks. To find firework displays all around London see www.timeout.com/fireworksRead more
The Wimbledon Park fireworks involve bonfires and two displays, the first of which (at 6.45pm) is suitable for young children, followed by a more elaborate adult display (.830pm), again beginning with a bonfire. Expect fairground rides and food stalls to make an appearance and check the website from October to book tickets.Read more
As usual, Crystal Palace fills the skies with catherine wheels, bangers and beautiful rockets twice this year. The whole family will be happy with a children's show at 7pm that includes the more colourful and less noisy explosions, while the 8.30pm show will include all the bangs it can, and will be set to music. Sadly there is no funfair this year, but food stalls will feature. No alcohol is to be consumed at the event and tickets must be booked in advance.Read more
The Blackheath Fireworks night is one of the city's few major displays that remain free to attend, so it's no wonder as many as 100,000 people turn up each year. Though Lewisham Council are happy to treat us to it, donations towards the costs of running the event are welcomed, with collections on the night should you forget to donate online. The display kicks off at 8pm, but the event also features a funfair (from midday) and food and drink stalls (from 5pm).Read more
Kingston Round Table and Kingston Rotary Club host this fireworks display that is set to music, with a funfair and rides for children to enjoy from 6.30pm, and music courtesy of DJs from local independent radio station Radio Jackie to entertain visitors before the main event. Any profit made on the night goes to local charities.Read more
The Rotary Club of Chislehurst puts on its annual celebration, including a dance performance from Glenlyn Academy dance group and a firework display that kicks off at 7.30pm. Also on site will be a funfair and a hog roast, plus more warming food and drink stalls. All profits from the event go to local charities and good causes further afield. Tickets (capacity is about 6,000) can be bought from various local businesses or online.Read more
Bonfire Night events in London 2016
This free fireworks display takes place on Wanstead Flats to the sounds of much-loved film themes. Gates open at 5.30pm for a 7.30pm start. Sparklers, personal fireworks, glass bottles, dogs and alcohol are banned on site and there will be checks in place, so no sneaking a sausage dog in under your jumper.Read more
The Olympic Park's tallest structure stays open late in order to provide a truly excellent view of the fireworks displays in Hackney and beyond (as long as the weather behaves itself). A licenced bar will be serving all evening and the slide's open til 8pm.Read more
Just when you thought fireworks couldn't get more exciting, here comes your chance to watch them go off in a place that made gunpowder its business. Learn what really happened to Guy Fawkes in the Royal Gunpowder Mills' costumed re-enactments of his famous plot, which feature the chance to learn about the people, food and life of the seventeenth century. Craft activities for children including making a Guy Fawkes lantern, and there'll be live music, fairground rides, a barbecue and bar. The day rounds of at 7pm with a 15-minute fireworks finale.Read more
Vicky Park hosts Bonfire Night once again with an added celebration of the 350 years that have passed since the Great Fire of London consumed the city. Watch the skies as they light up with a whizzing, banging, sparkling display. The event is free and there'll be stalls selling food, mulled wine and other refreshments. Sadly there is no funfair this year.Read more
Bonfire Night events in London 2016
The annual Ealing Cricket Club have chosen a 'Fantasy' theme for their 2015 event, so visitors can expect some pretty epic musical accompaniment during the dazzling display. Refreshments will involve mulled wine, a barbecue and candy-floss stalls, and family-friendly entertainment, rides and glow novelties will keep visitors of all ages busy. Gates open at 6pm and the display kicks off at 7.30pm.Read more
This family-friendly event is the biggest in the borough. Last year the fireworks display was choreographed to Michael Jackson's greatest hits so we're wondering what's going to 'beat it' this year. Expect a bonfire, sparklers, live entertainment and a funfair, with mulled wine and hot food to warm up with. Fireworks start at 7pm.Read more
Along with its sister event in Bishops Park, this family-friendly night of fireworks and fun from Hammersmith and Fulham Council offers a children's display at 7.15pm before the main event at 8.10pm, which will be choreographed to music. A funfair and food stalls will keep everybody happy between, but please note that no alcohol will be permitted at the event. Tickets will be available to purchase through the Lyric Theatre website or the box office until 4pm on the day of the event.Read more
One of a pair of Hammersmith and Fulham Council displays (the other is in Ravenscourt Park), this family-friendly display will feature children's fireworks at 7.15pm before the main event – a choreographed display to music at 8.10pm. There will be no admittance after the displays have started and no alcohol is allowed, but funfairs and food stalls should keep the atmosphere quite cheerful.Read more
A family-friendly event offering two fireworks displays, a children's one at 6pm followed by the main display at 8pm. Drink and food stalls will be selling refreshments throughout and live entertainment comes courtesy of covers band The Rolling Stoned, as well as DJ Stevie Wyatt.Read more
A BBQ and bar serving mulled wine, prosecco, beer and soft drinks accompany this annual firework display set in a beautiful central London square. Gates opens at 6pm, the bonfire begins to blaze at 6.30pm and the fireworks set to music burst into the sky at 7.15pm.Read more
Catch sight of Catherine wheels and rockets high over Kensington High Street tonight. DJs will be kicking it on the roof, a BBQ will have gourmet snacks covered and tickets include a welcome cocktail. Fireworks will be popping off from the Spanish Garden at 11.45pm.Read more
See London's best fireworks in photos
Bringing a bit of sparkle to the dull nights of winter is Bonfire Night (and New Year's Eve, let's not forget), when an array of glittering firework displays light up London's skies. But if standing out in the cold isn't your vibe, flick through our gallery of fireworks and enjoy the beauty of the occasion from the comfort of your seat.Read more