BOOM! Thanks to Guy Fawkes, the city is going to be banging this week…
FORTISMERE SCHOOL FIREWORKS NIGHT
The people behind the Glasgow Commonwealth Games fireworks, Titanium, are plotting the display for Fortismere School, so an impressive spectacle is assured. Carters Steam Fair will bring nostalgic rides, and there’ll be food from Tootoomoo Pan Asian, Victoria Stakes’ hog roast, Caribbean Sunset and Café le Tube. Hot chocolate and locally brewed beer will be on sale, too. Fortismere School, Tetherdown, N10 1NE. Tickets at tickets.fortismere.org/fireworks. East Finchley. Wed Nov 5, 6pm-8.30pm. £5 adv, free under-fives.
BATTERSEA PARK FIREWORKS
No tickets are sold on the gate so only organised types get to go to the Battersea Park display. Forward-planning will be rewarded with a display choreographed to music, plus food stalls, a bar, and concessions selling gaudy glow products. There’s a pre-show fire act from FlameOz and the bonfire is lit at 7.30pm. Battersea Park, Queenstown Rd, SW11 4NJ. www.tinyurl.com/TObattersea-park-display. Battersea Park rail. Sat Nov 8, 6pm-8pm. £8-£10, free under-tens (they still need a ticket).
CORAM’S FIELDS DISPLAY
This central London display takes place at the playground where, famously, adults may only enter if they’re accompanied by a child. It’ll be a simple affair, just fireworks plus modest refreshments on sale. Coram’s Fields, 93 Guilford St, WC1N 1DN. Tickets at coramsfields.org. Russell Square. Fri Nov 7, 5.15pm-5.30pm. Free.
FREE FOR ALL
SOUTHWARK PARK FIREWORKS
This free display attracted large crowds in 2013, and this year the gates will open at 5pm. A family funfair and hot food stalls mean you can make an (early) evening of it. The fireworks, set to music, go off at 7pm, with fire and light displays to warm the crowd up beforehand. Southwark Park, Lower Rd, SE16 2PA. Tickets at southwark.gov.uk. Bermondsey or Canada Water. Wed Nov 5, 5pm-8.30pm. Free.
RIVER OF FIRE
THE LORD MAYOR’S FIREWORKS
The spectacular culmination of the Lord Mayor’s Show (see p41), this display lasting ten to 15 minutes will take place over the Thames. The best vantage points are on the riverside, either at Victoria Embankment or the South Bank. As well as the roads, both sides of Waterloo Bridge and the northbound side of Blackfriars Bridge will be closed to traffic so there’s plenty of room to watch. The Thames, between Waterloo Bridge and Blackfriars Bridge. Waterloo. Sat Nov 8, 5.15pm. Free.