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 2018…

Lead image: Alexandra Palace fireworks 


Ally Pally Firework’s Festival, N22
2-3 November
Alexandra Palace has been lighting up London’s skyline with its epic fireworks displays for many years, and this year’s installment will be even bigger and better, complete with an epic laser show and the StrEATlife tent sound-tracked by the legendary DJ Norman J MBE. There’ll also be a German Bier Festival with live music and street food, an ice-rink, circus acrobatics, bonfire and family area. Adults £12, kids £9.50. Family tickets available. Add on tickets required for some events. Friday laser show from 8.30pm, fireworks from 9pm; Saturday laser show from 7.30pm, fireworks from 8pm.
Alexandra Palace Way N22 7AY; fireworks.london 

Hackney Firework Display, Clissold Park N16
Saturday 3 November
The annual stunning spectacle of colour and music returns to Clissold Park with the Hackney Fireworks Display. There will be street performers and food and drink stalls, as well as a children’s village with face painters, the Hackney playbus and a sparkler zone. The fireworks display will be synchronised to music. 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).

Highgate Fireworks Festival, N6
Saturday 3 November

Highgate Fireworks Festival has a family-friendly display from 4-6.30pm and a musical fireworks display with bigger bangs from 7-9.30pm. There will be entertainment galore at this one, with a virtual reality van, games bus, glitter bar, braid bar, inflatable penalty shoot out, inflatable basketball, balloon artist, bouncey castle, disco, as well as street food from the likes of Cheeky Burger and Born & Raised Pizza. Adults £15, kids £10.
Highgate Junior School, North Road, Highgate N6 4AY; highgatepa.org.uk


Battersea Park, SW11
Saturday 3 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. Tickets tend to sell out in advance. Plus, now you can head over to Circus West Village before or after the fireworks to enjoy one of the many new restaurants, bars and cafes.

Barnes Sports Club, SW13
Saturday 3 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 6.30pm, 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. More than 2,500 people attended last year. Gates open at 5.30pm, bonfire at 7pm, fireworks start at 7.45pm. Sparklers and glow items can be bought on site.

Richmond Athletic Ground, TW9
Sunday 4 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 90s Music Night. There will also be live entertainment prior to the fireworks, as well as funfair rides, mulled wine, hot food, candy floss and popcorn stalls and 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 £10.

Bishops Park, SW6 
2-3 November 

Hammersmith & Fulham runs two Full Moon Firework Displays, with the Bishop’s Park display taking place on Friday 2 November and the Ravenscourt Park’s display taking place on Saturday 3 November. Both annual firework displays have bars, food vendors and a funfair. The events run from 6pm–9.30pm with a children’s display at 7.15pm and the main display at 8pm. Gates close at 8pm. Tickets £8.

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Blackheath Fireworks, SE3
Saturday 3 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, but donations are gratefully accepted to help keep it that way.

Crystal Palace Park, SE19
Monday 5 November
Another London favourite, this Crystal Palace show is one of the longest running displays in the city. The fireworks start at 7pm with a children’s fireworks display with fewer bangs and more colours, before the main display of the night kicks off at 8.30pm. Refreshments will be available throughout, along with a huge bonfire that will be kept going until the end to keep everyone warm. Advance tickets £8.50 for adults, £4.50 for kids (on the night £9.50 and £5). Gates open at 6pm.

Lambeth Fireworks
Saturday 3 November
Lambeth Fireworks has two themed displays this year. First it’s Family Movies, lighting up the park from 6.45pm with a display set to a backdrop of family favourites like Moana, The Greatest Showman and Frizen. Them, from 8pm, Heart FM is ‘turning up the feel good’ with a Time Tunnel themed display, with a high-octane fireworks display set to some of the biggest anthems from the 90s to today. The event opens at 5pm, with a fun fair and food and drinks village, where you can get burgers and mac n’ cheese balls from Nanny Bill’s, Vietnamese Bánh Mì from Bitten Club and more. Tickets are £10 for adults and £5 for kids.

Chislehurst Recreation Grounds, BR7
Saturday 3 November 
The Chislehurst Rotary Club have run this event for over 36 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. There will be an under-12s funfair, food stalls, stage performances from local dance academies and then the main event – technicolour fireworks by Firework Crazy. Gates 5.30pm, fireworks 7pm. Tickets £9 in advance or £10 on the gates (kids £4/£5, family ticket £20/£25).

Southwark Park, SE16
Monday 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, fireworks 8pm.

Dulwich Sports Club, SE24
Saturday 3 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 6.30pm and fireworks from 7pm. Advance tickets £8, on the gate £10, under 10s free. An improved layout this year means more food and drink stalls than ever before with mulled wine, real ale, a BBQ and a kids bar.

Blackheath Fireworks (photo: Warren King)

Blackheath Fireworks (photo: Warren King)


Wembley Park, HA9
Sunday 4 November

Wembley Park stages its first ever Light Up the Night festival this year with fireworks, music and a light parade in celebration of both Bonfire Night and Diwali. The light parade begins at 6pm on Engineers Way, with 20 fire torches and 100s of lanterns made by the local community, Dhol drummers and neon dancers. There’ll be live music from Bollywood Brass Band and dance shows across three stages on Market Square, in addition to a Night Food Market. A light show from Wembley Stadium Arch will start at 6.55pm, before a spectacular 12-minute firework display from 7pm set to an Indian soundtrack. Dance and performances start at 4pm.

Ravenscourt Park, W6
2-3 November 

Hammersmith & Fulham runs two Firework Displays, with the Bishop’s Park display taking place on Friday 2 November and the Ravenscourt Park’s display taking place on Saturday 3 November. Both annual firework displays have bars, food vendors and a funfair. The events run from 6pm–9.30pm with a children’s display at 7.15pm and the main display at 8pm. Gates close at 8pm. Tickets £8. From 5pm-10pm, Bears Ice Cream on Goldhawk Road will be hosting its annual party , opening its doors to offer a premium view of the fireworks, and fun for the whole family with their signature Icelandic-style soft serve ice cream, hot chocolate, mulled wine and a Chilly Katz pop-up, serving Icelandic style hot-dogs.

Dukes Meadows Golf & Tennis, W4
Saturday 3 November
Dukes Meadows is holding two fireworks displays this year, a kids display at 6pm followed by the main event at 7.45pm. Food and drink stalls will be open from 4.30pm and entertainment from 5pm. After the fireworks, The Boss UK, a Springsteen tribute band, will take to the stage inside the clubhouse, performing some of Bruce’s best hits, including Dancing in the Dark (over 18s only). Adults £10 (£8.80 in advance), fireworks + band tickets £13.20 (£12 in advance, kids £4.40 (£4 in advance). 
Dan Mason Drive, Chiswick W4 2SH. Book via seetickets.com

Chiswick Park, W4
1 November

Chiswick Park is to host a dazzling display of choreographed flames and fireworks, alongside a selection of food traders and performers to really make a night of it. The entertainment kicks off at 6pm, before the fireworks display at 7pm. The event closes at 8pm. And the best bit? It’s one of London’s few free fireworks displays!
566 Chiswick High Road W4 5YA; enjoy-work.com

Cleveland Square, W2
Monday 5 November
The famous Cleveland Square Guy Fawkes Night will feature an enormous bonfire, lit at 6.30pm, followed by a fireworks display at 7.30pm. There will also be a BBQ, bar serving Cleveland Square Residents’ Association’s own recipe of mulled wine plus wine, beer and soft drinks, and the music will continue after the main show. £6 for kids and £15 for adults. Gates open at 6pm and close at 9.30pm. Tickets are available online at clevelandsquarefireworks.eventbrite.co.uk. No tickets will be sold on the gate.

Brentham Club, W5
Saturday 3 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 until the fireworks display begins at 7.30pm. Tickets are £5 for adults and £3 for kids when bought in advance.

Ealing Cricket Club, W5
3 November
Ealing Cricket Club’s annual fireworks display will be celebrating 100 years of the RAF this year. The display will be set to music with a flying theme and includes a laser display prior to the fireworks. There will also be children’s fun rides and glow novelties, bars selling mulled wine, a BBQ 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. On the gate (cash only): Adults £8, kids £5.
Corfton Road, Ealing W5 2HS; ealingcc.co.uk 

Trailfinders Sports Club Fireworks Display, W13
Monday 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. £6 adults, £2 under 14s, parking £5. Buy tickets in advance online or on the gate.
Vallis Way, West Ealing W13 0DD; tfsc.co.uk

London's best fireworks displays: Wembley Park stages its first ever Light Up the Night festival this year

Wembley Park stages its first ever Light Up the Night festival this year


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