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Where to watch the best free and ticketed fireworks displays in London

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Discover where to celebrate Bonfire Night 2018 with our complete guide to fireworks displays in London. 

Remember, remember, the fifth (fourth and sixth) of November for a weekend of thrilling pyrotechnics in London and beyond.

Guy Fawkes’ part in the Gunpowder Plot to blow up parliament may have been a spectacular failure, but after 413 years his legacy of lighting giant outdoor fires and shooting off pretty light displays shows no signs of abating. 

From the free display in Blackheath to the dazzling lights of Ally Pally, we’ve rounded up some of the best displays taking place in the capital city this year.

London - Ticketed displays

Alexandra Palace 

Ally Pally certainly knows how to put on a fireworks display. As well as a gigantic German Bier Keller with craft beers, specialist bars, street food and foot-stomping live music, there’ll be a huge bonfire, laser show, circus acrobatics with live choir and ice-skating. 

When: 2 and 3 of November: festivities from 5pm and fireworks from 8.30pm 
Where: Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
How much: £12

Harrow Fireworks

There’s all sorts of fun going on in Bryon Park this year. As well as food and drink stalls, there’ll be a pop-up street market with independent craft businesses selling their wares and a funfair, too. 

When: Saturday 3 November: festivities open from 12pm and fireworks starting at 7.30pm 
Where: Byron Park, Peel Road / Byron Road, HA3 7QX
How much: From £7

Crystal Palace Fireworks 

The focus is on the fireworks this year at Crystal Palace, with a magical display of fewer bangs for the little ones, followed by a spectacular light show and then the main event, which includes choreographed lights.

When: Monday 5 November, from 6pm
Where: Crystal Palace Park, 42 Thicket Rd, London SE19 2GA
How much: £9.50

Hackney Fireworks Display 

The beautiful Clissold Park will be covered in mood lighting and there’ll be a children’s funfair, as well as opportunities for feasting.

When: Saturday 3 November, gates open at 5pm and fireworks start at 7.30pm 
Where: Clissold Park, Stoke Newington Church Street, N16 9HJ
How much: £8.75

Battersea Park Fireworks

With a circus-themed event this year, Battersea Park always delivers a glorious Guy Fawkes night.

When: Saturday 3 November, gates open at 6pm and fireworks start at 8pm
Where: Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ
How much: £10

Free fireworks displays in London

Blackheath 

Work up an appetite by taking a lovely stroll through Blackheath, and enjoy the food stalls and bars that open from 5pm at this South East fireworks display. 

When: Saturday 3 November, funfair from 12pm and fireworks at 8pm
Where: Blackheath Park

Newham 

This year’s fireworks will be be set to the sounds of girl group As One by electronic musician and composer Jean Michel Jarre – with samples from Come Together by Primal Scream, chosen to mark 30 years since the composer’s Destination Docklands event on the Royal Victoria Dock in October 1988.

When: Saturday 3 November, gates open at 6pm and fireworks are at 7.30pm
Where: Silvertown Quays, Royal Docks, E16 2BU

Fireworks Night at Victoria Park 

This year’s free firework display features glittering visuals and an atmospheric soundtrack. 

When: Sunday 4 November, from 7pm
Where: Victoria Park, Victoria Park Road, E9 5DU

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