The Lord Mayor’s Show and firework display
The Lord Mayor’s Show promises to be bigger and better than ever this year. The Show takes place on 8 November and the firework display begins at 5.15pm. The fireworks, which light up the London skyline in spectacular fashion and can be seen for miles, will be let off over the River Thames and the best view can be had from the embankments between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. As the bridges and the roads alongside the river are closed to traffic during the display, we recommend taking up a prime position along the route early, either on Victoria Embankment or the South Bank. The Lord Mayor’s firework display is one of the best in the capital.
Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival
Head to Alexandra Palace on 1 November for a whole day of spectacular bonfire celebrations. Enjoy a bite to eat at one of the wide range of street-food stalls or sample a selection of fine beers inside the UK’s largest German Bier Festival (3pm-11pm). The Family Zone, great for younger children, offers a fun fair, face painting and family entertainment throughout the day. The climax of the festival is the firework display at 7.30pm, which will light up the impressive façade of the palace.
Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Battersea Park Fireworks Display
Battersea Park’s riverside setting provides a beautiful backdrop for the pyrotechnic display on 8 November. The gates to the family-friendly event open at 6pm; stalls offer a variety of warming food and drink, FlameOz’s energetic pre-show begins at 6.30pm, and an impressive bonfire, lit at half past seven, keeps any evening chill away. The main fireworks display begins at 8pm.
Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Midnight Apothecary Bonfire Night Cocktails
Midnight Apothecary, the pop-up cocktail bar on the rooftop of the Brunel Museum, offers an alternative to traditional bonfire celebrations on 1 November. Lottie Muir, the resident ‘cocktail gardener’, will be concocting cocktails flavoured with ingredients from the museum’s rooftop garden, while a selection of Greek dishes such as pita souvlaki offer the ideal accompaniment. Tickets include entry to the museum and toasted marshmallows – perfect for getting into the Bonfire Night spirit. Doors open at 5.30pm.
Midnight Apothecary, Brunel Museum Roof Garden, Railway Avenue, London SE16 4LF
Richmond Family Fireworks
The Richmond Family Fireworks display is back this year with a spectacular programme of fireworks and entertainment. Wrap up warm and head to the west London venue on Sunday 2 November; doors open at 4.30pm and the shows start at half past five. Adults can enjoy the winter Pimms and mulled wine stalls, while the bonfire and funfair rides will keep the children entertained. This year the firework display will take place to a soundtrack of Michael Jackson’s music, a great addition to the colourful display.
Richmond Athletic Ground, Kew Foot Road, Richmond TW9 2SS