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Where to watch the fireworks in London

Remember, remember the fifth of November as we showcase the best of the spectacular Bonfire Night fireworks displays across the Capital. There’s plenty to look forward to as the London skyline is set ablaze in a riot of colour.

This classic centuries-old English tradition marks the historic failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605, when Guy Fawkes and his group of conspirators hatched an audacious plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament and King James I. They were discovered on the eve of the Opening of Parliament and were eventually executed. Every year on the 5th of November, on the anniversary of their arrest now popularly known as “Bonfire Night”, an  effigy of Guy Fawkes is set ablaze on bonfires across England to mark the unsuccessful assassination attempt of the King.

The fifth of November falls on a Saturday this year, offering you the perfect opportunity to include the event in your weekend plans. Head off into the crisp autumnal night, all wrapped up, and prepare to be dazzled by some of London’s most dazzling fireworks displays.

Battersea Park Fireworks  

Balcony view from the 16th floor at Nine Elms Point

Get your Bonfire Night off to a bang (quite literally!) as this picturesque riverside park plays host to a huge bonfire and choreographed ‘legends’-themed spectacle. Be enthralled by an impressive display set to music by legends including the late Prince and David Bowie. There are plenty of family-friendly activities, food and drink kiosks and entertainment. For those who aren’t fans of large crowds, enjoy the display from the comfort of an enchanting Thames Bonfire Night river cruise. This two bedroom apartment at sought-after Embassy Gardens is positioned within walking distance of Battersea Park, and when not enjoying a tranquil stroll in the park, residents enjoy the service of a 24 hour concierge and a well-equipped health club. For a bird’s eye view of the surroundings, this 16th floor apartment at the nearby Nine Elms Point development provides the perfect vantage point to enjoy the evening’s fireworks with floor-to-ceiling windows, leading to a private balcony affording sweeping uninterrupted views.

Blackheath Fireworks

Two bedroom apartment at Kidbrooke Village

The Blackheath Common Fireworks are one of the largest community displays in London, and being the perfect setting for this annual fireworks extravaganza, draws large crowds. A family friendly atmosphere in a ‘village’ setting only complements the experience. And if you thought it doesn’t get any better, it does. Entry is completely free! Within walking distance of the park, is this spacious two bedroom apartment set within the tranquil confines of Kidbrooke Village, London’s award-winning residential development affording residents a traditional village lifestyle nestled in 130 acres of open space.

Stratford East Village Fireworks

For those eager to start the celebrations early, East Village, the athletes’ village of the London Olympics will be hosting interactive installations by the performers of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2012 Olympic Games, together with pop-up food and drink stalls and varied entertainment options.

Fulham Fireworks

Moving further West, the twin Fulham Fireworks Fiesta at Bishops Park and the Bonfire Night celebrations at Ravenscourt Park are perfect for young families to enjoy, with separate displays for children and adults culminating in an explosive finale choreographed to music. Ensure you get there on time, as the park is closed once the fireworks begin. For the residents of this charming three bedroom conversion apartment, the night’s festivities are only moments’ away.

Ealing Cricket Club Fireworks

View from the balcony at Dashwood House

Staying in West London, the Ealing Cricket Club plays host to its annual fireworks extravaganza, with an exciting ‘Pop World-USA style’ theme guaranteed to set you grooving to pop music hits from across the pond. There’s something for everyone;  a barbeque and laser display, plenty of food and drink, and fun fairground rides. Less than a mile away is the Dickens Yard development, where our on-site Ealing lettings branch has this contemporary two bedroom apartment available to rent, with a large private balcony overlooking the green leafy surroundings. In the same development, the view from this eight floor apartment at Dashwood House is hard-to-beat and is ideally positioned to enjoy the fireworks in the company of family and friends.

Or simply stay at home!

A privileged few can choose to enjoy the fireworks right from the warmth and comfort of their living rooms, away from the crowds and the hassle of a commute. There’s nothing quite like keeping snug and cozy indoors on a cold blustery autumn evening, with friends and family for company while you watch the fireworks light up the sky. This luxurious apartment on the 25th floor of the prestigious Heron development in the heart of the City of London, offers panoramic unrivalled views of the fireworks across the City; while this three bedroom apartment at One Tower Bridge has two balconies allowing residents to enjoy stunning views of Tower Bridge and the Shard. Or how about this duplex apartment on the 39th floor of the exclusive Pan Peninsula in Canary Wharf? You can soak in the mesmerising views of the London skyline at the penthouse level cocktail and champagne bar.

While London has some scintillating fireworks displays, it also offers some fabulous properties to rent, and our 16 lettings branches across the Capital are best placed to help you find the ideal property match. Do get in touch to know more or subscribe to our monthly newsletter for the latest news and updates.


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