Whether you call it Bonfire Night, Fireworks' Night or Guy Fawkes' Night, this British tradition dates back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 when Catholic conspirator Guy Fawkes tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
Even today, the Yeoman of the Guard searches the cellars in the Houses of Parliament before each State Opening in recognition of this celebration, which sees effigies of Guy Fawkes burned on top of bonfires.
There are many firework displays to choose from all over London, but in our opinion Battersea's tops the charts. Wandsworth Council's annual event takes place this year on Saturday 8 November when the display will be choreographed to music, along with food stalls and a bar.
The fireworks will take place in Battersea Park, which was formally opened in 1858 and has recently completed a major programme of work to restore and refurbish many of its Victorian elements that has earned the landmark a Green Flag Award. There's also a fantastic 1km riverside promenade as well as fountains, a large lake, cafes and ornamental and ecological areas. And don't forget to check out the tennis courts, the Children's Zoo and the Pump House Gallery.
And remember, there are fabulous local bars and restaurants to visit after the fireworks.
If you've time try to pop along The Gaslight Grill for some fine dining and real ale and a good old pub quiz, or try the Battersea Barge – an exciting and intimate venue that makes for a memorable night out. There's also Le Quecum Bar and Brasserie – inspired by the Django Reinhardt Gypsy Jazz Festival, which is the only venue in London to promote this genre of music!
Or what about Bunga Bunga? This delightful Italian-themed bar (check out the Berlusconi décor) hasa Sistine Chapel stairway as well as fun karaoke.
Whatever you decide to do, make a day of it. The park's situated in the perfect area for those with and without children, with a wealth of cultural attractions and family-fun activities toenjoy. Just remember to tell them the gripping story of Guy Fawkes and his epic failure to blow up the Houses of Parliament.
You can book your tickets online by calling the ticket line on 0844 453 9937 or by purchasing them at Battersea Park Millennium Arena.
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