It’s too cold to be trekking across London for fireworks this weekend, so show some love for your local display and enjoy a brisk walk to your evening out rather than a clammy tube journey. Here’s one from each quarter to get you started, but see our list of local fireworks displays to check for something even closer.
North London is still mourning the loss of the celebrations at Alexandra Palace after things got a bit out of hand a couple of years ago, but Southgate are holding up traditions with mulled wine, live music and a big firework display at Walker Cricket Ground on Saturday 5 November (from 5pm, fireworks at 8pm).
South London has all sorts going on, but for sheer size we’d choose Blackheath Fireworks (5 November, fireworks at 8pm), which tends to attract about 100,000 spectators. There will, of course, be a funfair, food and drink stalls, and a fully licensed bars to keep your spirits up before and after the fireworks themselves. Entrance is free but donations are encouraged so that the display can reappear next year.
East London will be celebrating with three simultaneous displays from expert pyrotechnicians Walk the Plank at Weavers Fields, Bartlett Park and Millwall Park, and they’re all free. The downside is that there are no funfairs or food due to lack of space, and you can’t bring glass bottles or sparklers.
West London is pulling out all the stops at the Westway Fireworks Display in Maxilla Gardens – an enormous bonfire and guys made by local children, stilt walkers, fire jugglers and plenty of fireworks, all for free.
Central London hosts the main event – The Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks Display – although not until a week later (12 November, 11am-6pm). All those who can’t get enough rockets will be pleased about the double dose. Get down to Blackfriars Bridge or Waterloo Bridge very early if you want a prime spot for the explosions.
For more displays, see Fireworks in London.