As always at this time of year our ear drums are filled with booms and the sky above the city is set alight with fireworks as we celebrate Guy Fawkes night. But is it worth braving the cold and the crowds for an hours worth of fun? And where is the best place to be in the city when the sky lights up? Find out about the top 5 for this years Bonfire Night celebrations.
While not the biggest nor by any means the most impressive the undeniable energy charged evening is the best choice available for those in there twenties – thirties looking for a firework display that offers a party after. The crowds will be big, the common will be packed and when the show ends so will the bars. The show is free, kicks off at 7:30pm and is hard to miss in the middle of Clapham Common nearest stop Clapham Common tube.
While there is no shortage of fireworks displays all around the city the number that actually still offer bonfires and therefore a historic reference to the events 404 years ago is dwindling. Wimbledon Park is a welcome exception to this rule and it provides a family fueled evening of fun and tradition. The park offers live music, a fairground and sideshows with a children's show kicking off at 6:30pm and the main event starting up at 8:15pm. The cost is £7 adults, £4 children and under-4 free. The main entrances to Wimbledon park are on Revelstoke Road, Home Park Road and Wimbledon Park Road; click here for map.
Great Balls of Fire" is this year's theme at the Victoria Park fireworks display and for those looking for something a little different this year the 50's themed display and music might be a welcome change. A funfair kicks proceedings off from 2:00pm with the firework display running from 7:30pm – 8:15 pm. Entrance is free and your best point of entry for the proceedings is via Bethnal Green and Mile End underground stops - give yourself 15 minutes to get to the park from these stops.
It is billed as the biggest fireworks display in London and with good reason. Set against a majestic background the fireworks at Alexandra Palace are a visual feast. There is also; a beer festival, a Bavarian themed oompah band, a children's disco and a funfair. The evening also plays host to Chas and his band formerly of Chas and Dave fame. Even if you want to keep your distance from Chas If you are going to go to any firework display this weekend this is a must. Entry is by donation £4 adults, £2 children and if you want to benefit from the more secluded family viewing area: £5 adults, £3 children. For a map click here.
Ok, so technically it isn't fair to have the Lord Mayor's show listed in the top 5 of a Guy Fawkes list due to it's date and the fact it is to celebrate the beginning of new mayoral year - but let's face it - the show is the biggest and best of them all. There is a 3 mile parade around the Square Mile of central London that involves: 24 marching bands, 70 plus floats, 202 horses and over 6,000 people with over 1,500 of them being from the armed forces. It is big and it is an all day event. Proceeding kick off at 11am with aircraft over Mansion House, the Lord Mayor receives a blessing at 12:10 pm at St Paul's Cathedral and swears his allegiance to the Sovereign at 12:30pm. The parade ends at 2:30pm back at Mansion House and the fireworks display starts promptly at 5:00pm from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges that offers a delightful view of the very building Guido attempted to blow up. The price is free and if you are anywhere near the Square Mile it is hard to miss click here for a map of proceedings or scroll down on the website link.