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North & East London’s top 5 fireworks displays 2017

London’s pyrotechnic crews, entertainers and foodies are gearing up for the mother of all fireworks nights.

The best events attract tens of thousands of people and tickets sell-out fast. We’ve asked around and researched to give you the lowdown and help you choose wisely.

Here’s our top five:

1. Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival. Friday November 3rd and Saturday November 4th.

This display is always spectacular and from this hilltop vantage point you’ll get a good view of other displays happening throughout the Capital.

This year organisers are promising “bigger and brighter” with a laser show too. There’ll also be ice-skating, a family area, a German Bier Festival and live music.

Tickets cost £11 for adults or £8.50 for children aged 11-15. Visit

2. Victoria Park. Sunday November 5th.

This free display run by Tower Hamlets Council always draws an enormous crowd. The show, which will feature an atmospheric soundtrack, starts at 7pm. It’s worth arriving early to bag a good spot and leave the car at home if you don’t want your exit to take all night!

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3. Clissold Park. Saturday November 4th (gates open at 5pm)

This event is usually a good option for families with young children – the fireworks are typically slightly quieter and often set to music and this year guests are asked to dress as their favourite movie characters.

There’ll also be a children’s funfair, street performers and food and drink. The display starts at 7.30pm

4. Waltham Forest Fireworks. Chestnuts Field. Sunday November 5th (gates open at 6.30pm).

This free, ticketless event has a great local reputation and typically attracts around 20,000 people. As well as the fireworks display, which starts at 8pm, there’ll be a funfair, a bar, hot drinks and a range of food stalls.

5. Lord Mayor’s Show (South Bank). November 11th (fireworks start at 5.15pm)

Starting at 9am with a flotilla along the Thames, there’ll be a procession through the Square Mile with vintage cars, penny farthings and tanks later in the day. The fireworks are free and there’s no need to book but expect large crowds. For an extra sense of occasion you could book a special City Cruise and watch the fireworks from the water.

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