London's bonfire night fireworks are among the best in the country and after a hiatus in 2020, many are back with a bang. There are also funfair rides, food and various other entertainment. Here’s our guide to firework displays and bonfire night events across London. And as 5 November falls on a Friday this year, we can expect a whole weekend of whizzbangs.
Firework displays in north London 2021
ALEXANDRA PALACE FIREWORKS FESTIVAL 2021: The daddy of north London bonfire events, Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival is so much more than a pyrotechnics display. Family-friendly activities include ice skating and live music, and there are street food stalls to keep everyone fed, as well as the German Bier Festival for older audience members. And that's before we even get to the fireworks themselves, which are released against a stunning backdrop, with a huge bonfire adding to the atmosphere. 6 November 2021
HARROW FIREWORKS 2021: Though officially known as Harrow Fireworks, various ticketing pages for this event also attribute it to (deep breath) Ruislip, Ealing, Wembley, Brent, Elstree and Borehamwood. Basically, if you're anywhere in north-west London and looking for whizzbangs, head to Byron Recreation Ground for an entire afternoon and evening of celebrations, marking both Bonfire Night and Diwali. Entry to the family-friendly event is free 12pm-3pm, with a funfair, world food arena, face painting and other activities to keep the kids happy. After 3pm you'll need a ticket to enjoy these activities, with the fireworks pre-show at 7.30pm, and fireworks themselves around 7.45pm. Tickets may be available on the gate, but no cards are accepted, as the organisers support the Save Our Cash campaign. Make sure you stop at an ATM on the way. 6 November 2021
Firework displays in south London 2021
WIMBLEDON FIREWORKS 2021: Along with Morden (below), Wimbledon Park hosts two Musical Fireworks Displays. The afternoon display (5.15pm) is aimed at families, with a Disney soundtrack, while the 7.15pm has a more mature accompaniment featuring James Bond tunes. Tickets need to be booked in advance. 5 November 2021
BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS 2021: London's biggest display south of the Thames, Battersea Park Fireworks takes place over two nights this year. Saturday is the traditional bonfire, fireworks display and afterparty that's been part of Battersea Park fireworks for several years now. Sunday is a more family-friendly event — think earlier start time, and kids' entertainment. 6-7 November 2021
BECKENHAM FIREWORKS 2021: Croydon Road Recreation Ground is the venue for Beckenham's fireworks display, organised by and raising money for the 5th Beckenham South Scout Group. Food and drink options include pizza, paella, burgers, hot dogs, candy floss... typical fireworks fare, though maybe check out the funfair rides before you tuck in. Tickets on the gate only, no presales — ideal if you're a last-minute planner, or want to wait and see what the weather's doing. 6 November 2021
BEXLEY FIREWORKS 2021: Welling Round Table's fireworks display in Danson Park raises money for local causes. The 25-minute display is set over the park's lake, and choreographed to music. While you're waiting for that to start (8pm) enjoy the funfair and food and drink stalls. 6 November 2021
BROMLEY FIREWORKS 2021: Bromley High School's grounds host a firework display, along with funfair rides, face painting food stalls and other activities. 6 November 2021
DULWICH FIREWORKS 2021: It's a family-friendly fireworks night at Dulwich Sports Club, which is also, rather interestingly, having an eco-friendly bonfire projected onto a screen, rather than a real-life bonfire. Top marks for green credentials, though do remember your gloves as you won't be able to warm your hands on the glow of the bonfire. Ale, mulled wine and pizza should go someway to warming your cockles though. 6 November 2021
MORDEN FIREWORKS 2021: Following on from the Wimbledon Park event (above), Morden Park hosts its own Musical Fireworks Display the next day. It's the same deal — Disney fireworks for families, followed by a James Bond display later in the evening — but there may be tickets available on the gate for this one. No guarantees, though. 6 November 2021
Looking for other firework displays in south London? Lewisham Council's Blackheath fireworks are cancelled for 2021 due to Covid 19, and at time of writing it looks like the Southwark Park, Lambeth, Carshalton and Crystal Palace events are also cancelled this year, though do check back to see if things change.
Firework displays in east London 2021
Bad news, east Londoners — there don't seem to be any firework displays in your neck of the woods this year.
CLISSOLD PARK FIREWORKS 2021: Hackney Council confirmed in July that the Clissold Park fireworks display won't be happening.
VICTORIA PARK FIREWORKS 2021: It doesn't look like Tower Hamlets Council is running a display in Victoria Park this year either.
Firework displays in west London 2021
RICHMOND FIREWORKS 2021: Richmond's annual family fireworks are back at Richmond Athletic Ground, with a theme of 'fire'. As well as the choreographed display, the event includes funfair rides, food and drink stalls, live music and dance entertainment, and an afterparty in the Members' Bar. 7 November 2021
KINGSTON FIREWORKS 2021: At time of writing, Kingston Fireworks are still awaiting confirmation to proceed this year — keep an eye on the website for updates.
Looking for other firework displays in west London? Unfortunately it doesn't look like either the Hammersmith & Fulham display in Ravenscourt Park, or the Barnes event at Barnes Sports Club are happening this year, though do check back in case that changes.
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