Bonfire Night, London

5 Nov 2017
Various Locations, London

Not all terrorist plots end in ignominy - we celebrate the failed attempt to blow up parliament with bonfires, booze and fireworks. How very British!

  • When? 5th November
  • Where? Throughout London - Alexandra Palace, Battersea Park and Southbank host some of the best displays.
  • Price: varies depending on which event you choose. 

While some see Guy Fawkes Night as a special night filled with fireworks displays and merriment, the origins of this event are a lot darker and sinister.

Guy Fawkes Night is the celebration of a failed terrorist plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605. Part of the celebrations involve burning an effigy of Guy Fawkes, the plot’s ring leader, on a bonfire. However, the explosions, colour and drinking involved mean that most people couldn’t care less about the event’s origins.

Bonfire night in London will see organised fireworks and flames across the capital, and many of the events require tickets in advance. Tubes and buses will be heaving, and fireworks displays are timed to precision, so make sure you get to your chosen event early.

#travioortip: Wrap up warm - London is very cold at this time of year.

Our particular favourite is the display at Battersea Park, South London. This professional son et lumiere spectacular is choreographed to a soundtrack and includes a bar, food stalls and concessions. The size of Battersea park also means it is not such an insane bottleneck to get in and out of the event.

  • Get there: Fly into one of London's airports or take a train to the capital, then use the underground to get around the city.
  • Stay: Base yourself in central London or in West London if you plan on attending the display in Battersea Park.

*We do our very best to verify the dates of our events but please check with the official event provider before booking your flights. We would hate for you to be disappointed!