Guy Fawkes’ plot to assassinate all of the country’s MPs and Peers and the King in 1605 will go down as one of the most audacious failed plots to overthrow a government in history. Up there with Mark Thatcher. The UK celebrates the thwarted scheme with bonfires and fireworks each November 5th on Guy Fawkes night.

Sadly, however, many local councils have cut their displays as they battle economic pressures, forcing them not to apply to explode tens of thousands of pounds of taxpayer money into the crisp November sky. Blackheath has fallen prey to budget cuts, as has the annual event in Victoria Park – with Crystal Palace TBC.

But there are a few outliers still willing to celebrate the saving of democracy, and we’re all invited.

Alexandra Palace

Ally Pally’s annual firework display is uncancelably legendary. Not only is it a huge display, the views across the capital are nearly as stunning as the pyrotechnics.

Accompanying the fireworks, there’s a promised light show not to mention one of the biggest bonfires in London. And that’s not all.

You can enjoy beer and sausages to the display, all to the soundtrack of live DJ sets...

The UK’s largest German Bier festival coincides with the celebrations, meaning you can enjoy beer and sausages to the display, all to the soundtrack of live DJ sets in the StrEATlife village.

Make the most of the experience with a few circuits of the ice rink before heading home.

When: Saturday 5th November
Where: Alexandra Palace Way, Muswell Hill, N22 7AY
Website: Get tickets here…

Wimbledon Park

Wimbledon Park will host a bonfire and fireworks night alongside a sister event over at Morden Hall Park (scroll down). The event, taking place on Friday 4th November will be split into a child-friendly event, lit at 6:30 pm and accompanied by ‘child-friendly fireworks’, and something decidedly more adult. But not like that.

Something decidedly more adult. But not like that...

The second fire will be lit at 8:30 pm and will play out along with a fireworks display and soundtrack.

If your shopping addiction can’t even last an evening of fireworks then fear not, there will be a range of stalls and a bar along with a small funfair.

When: Friday 4th November
Where: Home Park Road, Wimbledon Park, SW19 8AU

Chiswick Park

Taking place on Thursday 3rd November, the Chiswick Park ‘Fireworks Extravaganza’ is only open to pre-booked guests. But if you’re able to score a ticket then you’re in for a treat.

The business park is hosting the event, an annual celebration with more chutzpah than any council-run/cancelled display.

An annual celebration with more chutzpah than any council-run/cancelled bonfire...

Expect a live band, fire performers, food and drink as well as the fireworks display to music. As seems to be the way this year, there are no tickets on the door, so make sure you book ahead.

When: Thursday 3rd November
Where: 566 Chiswick High Road, Chiswick, W4 5YA

Battersea Park

Pretty much the doyen of London fireworks displays, the whole of South West London eagerly anticipates the release of Battersea Park tickets.

This year the Wandsworth-based event is going ahead, with its Thames-side display generally regarded as one of the best in town. There will be fireworks held over two nights – Sunday 6th and Monday 7th of November, with Sunday being a family-friendly event.

When: Sunday 6th November and Monday 7th November
Battersea Park, Battersea, SW11 4NJ

Morden Park

There’s more to Morden than just the end of the Northern Line. Not least, Morden Park, the National Trust house and gardens and 2022 bonfire venue.

Run as a twin event to Wimbledon Park’s display, like its sibling there will be two bonfires and fireworks, the first timed for and aimed at children and the second for the grown-ups.

Children and grownups alike will no doubt enjoy the funfair that's going to be put on for the night

Children and grownups alike will no doubt enjoy the funfair that’s going to be put on for the night along with food stalls and a bar, presumably all the same ones that were at Wimbledon Park the night before.

When: Saturday 5th November
Where: Morden Hall Road, Morden, SM4 5JD

Beckenham Fireworks In The Park

Beckenham beckons with a family-friendly firework display that’s one of London’s best established (it’s been going since 1946 – presumably in the years before this the Germans provided adequate pyrotechnics).

The main event's at 7:45 and the professional fireworks display will light up South London...

Starting with a quieter display at 6pm for the kiddos (though still a bit ‘bangy’) the main event’s at 7:45 and the professional fireworks display will light up South London.

Punters can also enjoy facepainting and food stalls that’ll include burgers, jerk chicken, jacket potatoes, pulled pork, hot dog and ice cream as well as warming drinks.

When: Saturday 5th November
Where: Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Croydon Road, Beckenham, BR3 3PR

Rooftop Bonfire Night at Skylight Peckham

There’s no end of surprises and fantastical fun offered in Peckham, and with Bonfire Night incoming, it’s no exception. But this is no ordinary Bonfire Night party, as Skylight Peckham will be holding the festivities on the rooftop!

Enjoy a specially crafted cocktail by Skylight's very own mixology crew, along with a finger-licking feast by Chef Karan.

From DJs playing the hottest hits of the decade and the endless fountain of booze, to delicious dishes, it will certainly be a night to remember. With tickets being priced at £10, this party is not one to miss.

When: Saturday 5th November
Where: Theatre Walk (in between Peckham Library and Mountview College, 120 Peckham Hill St, London SE15 5JT




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