Where to go for Firework Night in London!

28 Oct , 2018 Blogs,Culture,Events,Food & Drink,humor,Things To Do In London,Uncategorised

“Guy Fawkes, guy, t’was his intent, To blow up king and parliament.
Three score barrels were laid below, To prove old England’s overthrow”

So, why do we Brits continue to mark the day when Guy Fawkes tried and failed to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605? As one of London’s most beautiful buildings, we’re pretty chuffed he didn’t succeed, but we like to think that there is something quite special about this barmy English tradition. Thankfully, gone are the days of standing in a London park for hours on end whilst waiting for local councils officials not to blow themselves up! Some of today’s displays include pop-up bars, street food and a fun-fairs to create a festival vibe. Not a bad way to spend a night with your mates whilst watching the London skies ablaze with colour and sound!

Whatever your reason, there are tonnes of firework displays all over this fabulous city – so get your sparklers ready, grab a scarf and take your pick from our top five firework displays:

Victoria Park
Where: Victoria Park, East London
When: Sunday 4th November 2018
Time: 19:00 to 20:00
Cost: FREE!!

Hackney rustles up this free event every year so go East and watch the London skies abashed with colour. We are not far from Victoria Park, so come back to The Dictionary Hostel and our bar for a warm welcome!

Southwark Firework Display
Where: Southwark Park, SE18
When: Monday 5th November 2018
Time: Gates open at 17:00 and last entry at 18:30
Cost: Free to residents who live Southwark and a fee for those who don’t (see below and website). Drawing about 30,000 people per year, Southwark Fire displays is one of London’s biggest!  Those who live in the borough can watch the display for free, but for those who don’t you need to pay a small fee and register your interest. Tickets sell fast, so see website for further details.

Were: Blackheath Common
When: Saturday 3rd November 2018
Time: From 17:00
Cost: Free!

Set on the famous Blackheath common (made more famous recently by the myth that bodies from the plague are buried beneath the common!) hundreds of people flock to the common for pop-up bars, food stalls, pubs and then the atmospheric firework display!

Battersea, Central London
Where: Battersea Park
When: Saturday 3rd November 2018
Time: From 18:00
Cost: £10 – online bookings only

This breathtaking display at the Battersea Park sells out every year as hundreds make their way to this beautiful London Park. The website (see above) encourages people to make a stop at Battersea Power Station for food, drink and entertainment. Love it or loathe the power station, it’s not going anywhere anytime soon and it makes for some great Instagram pics!

Lewes (near to Brighton)
We couldn’t put this list together without giving Lewes Firework display a mention. Located next to Brighton, the Lewes display is an hour from London, which means you can train-it back to London and bunk down with us on the same night.

Where: Lewes (near to Brighton)
When: Monday 5th November 2018
Time: see website for details
Cost: No ticket, no entry. Tickets sell fast so see website for details.

The Lewes display is one of the biggest in the country and it is sooooo much more than fireworks. With five different displays taking place all over Lewes, the organisers march through the town with seventeen burning crosses, men and women race in the streets by pulling flaming tar barrels and then throwing them into the River Ouse and then others go onto burn loads of different effigies. Best way to describe it would be a head-on collision of Halloween and Mardi Gras!

Whatever you decide to do, have a fabulous night and stay warm!