Remembering the near bang with a bang
You’ve probably heard of Guy Fawkes Night, but have you been to celebrate this annual event where it all began hundreds of years ago – in ye old London? Every 5 November, London’s night sky comes alive with elaborate fireworks displays as hoards of people surround large bonfires complete with effigies of Guy Fawkes on the streets below. This British tradition is celebrated across the country; marking the day the House of Parliament was nearly blown in Guy Fawkes’ attempt to assassinate the king in 1605. It’s a great night to delve into London’s history, explore one of the world’s most fascinating cities and meet locals who are out-and-about joining in on the frivolities.
Fireworks and shows are expected to be bigger and better than ever in 2015 given it’s the 800th anniversary of this foiled Gunpowder Plot. Fight the crowds – or try your luck early for grandstand seats—for The Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks, which starts with a colourful arts procession before noon and ends with riverside fireworks shortly after 5pm. Other notable celebrations in London are: Richmond Family Fireworks Display (free and with a funfair); Battersea Park Fireworks Display complete with a music vibe; Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival with impressive backdrop’s of the city skyline; the quirky Lambeth Fireworks Display; and another of the city’s biggest fireworks displays courtesy of Blackheath Fireworks Display.
When is it?
Tips and tricks
Guy Fawkes Night is a crazy night in London. If you don’t have accommodation or transfers planned, Student Flights can help get you amongst the action without breaking the piggy bank.
Tie in your Guy Fawkes Night as part of a larger tour of England.
The Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks starts at 8.30am at Westminster Bridge for the river pageant. Try Tower Bridge at 9.25am. Both are also great spots for the fireworks at 5.15pm.
The Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks procession starts at 11am at Mansion House. It runs from Bank and Aldwych and features over 7000 performers. Get in early for a good spot.
Grandstand seats to The Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks are popular and go on sale in June.
Steer clear of illegal fireworks and if you happen to be burnt, get cold liquid on immediately and seek medical help if needed.