5 ideas to make the best of this Bonfire Night
Struggling to decide what to do this Bonfire Night? London is renowned for having some of the best firework displays in the whole of the UK and many of them are based right here in Islington, Clerkenwell, Shoreditch and Hackney. To get into the winter spirit, our reporter Leah Stanfield went in search of the best events and spots to make the most of Guy Fawkes Night without having to travel far…
Clissold Park Fireworks Pyromusical
Stoke Newington, Hackney, N16 9HJ
The annual firework spectacle returns to Clissold Park — with a movie theme this year. Guests are encouraged to dress up as their favourite characters from the big screen. There will be fun fair rides, lively street performers and delicious food and drinks to accompany the stunning fireworks synchronized to music.
Saturday 4th November 7pm, gates open at 5:30pm.
Hackney Residents: Adult £7.50/ Child £2.50
Non-residents: Adult £8.50/ Child £3.50
Calthorpe Project Refugee Connection
Gray’s Inn Road, Clerkenwell, WC1X 8LH
The Calthorpe Project celebrates the award-winning reportage illustrator Olivier Kugler. The event will showcase his ‘Drawn from Life Project’, which depicts the Syrian Refugees he met on the Island of Kos. Kugler’s pieces will be up for sale with 50% of the profit going to Refugee Connection, a charity devoted to helping asylum seekers and refugees. Expect live music, sparklers, toasted marshmallows and craft beer.
Sunday 5th November 18:30- 22:00
Adults £7.50/Child £5
Victoria Park Fireworks
Victoria Park Road, South Hackney, E3 5SN
‘The People’s Park’ is lighting up the London skyline once again with a majestic firework display free of charge. This one may involve standing in a muddy field, but it is a must-see. Get your wellies and go to the park on Sunday 5th November at 7pm for a traditional Guy Fawkes night, while enjoying local food and drink, including hot and spicy mulled wine!
Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL
East London’s quirky rooftop bar and café provides a unique and informal experience like no other. Netil 360 has hot tubs on the roof, a cinema tent, a croquet lawn and even a rooftop dog called Tres! This venue is perfect for those looking to mix Bonfire night with unconventional partying. Enjoy the view of East London’s firework performances whilst sipping a beer out of a biodegradable beaker – you can even take your dog along!
Aviary Rooftop Terrace
25 Finsbury Square, Shoreditch, EC2A 1DX
Located on the tenth floor of the five-star Montcalm Hotel, this rooftop terrace will provide amazing views of London’s firework extravaganza. This opulent bar and restaurant serves fancy food and botanical cocktails using only the freshest of ingredients. The comfortable outdoor seating on the heated terrace provides spectacular views of London.