Learn Fire Poi

Learn the incredible art of dancing with flaming ropes in a six-week poi course. Perfect Circle Poi runs both beginner and advanced poi spinning courses, plus fire dancing performance and choreography courses.

When you get really good you’ll be able to mesmerise your mates with your newfound skills – safely, of course.

Next course: Nov 15, 7.30pm-9.30pm; one-to-one lessons available by appointment, £85
Maiden Lane Community Centre, NW1 9XZ
Tube | Camden Road


Barking Park Fireworks

You’ll not just witness amazing fireworks at this day and evening event, there will also be performances on stage, a funfair and food stalls in the park to keep all ages occupied.

Just be careful not to eat a hot dog before you have a go on the bumper cars or the waltzer – believe us, it doesn’t end well.

Nov 4, gates 4pm
Longbridge Road, Barking,
IG11 8TA 
Tube | Barking

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The Fire School

Breathe fire with this bunch of London daredevils. They’re running group courses on manipulating flames and other circus-style escapades, such as breathing fire, advanced fire tricks and fire poi.

Classes also include how to use fire fans and other props. It’s extremely risky, but completely exhilarating. Fire safety is also taught.

Next course: Nov 14, 7pm; one-to-one classes by appointment, £125
Location TBC 
Tube | Various


Battersea Park Fireworks

Whoop and cheer as dozens of huge fireworks light up above the Thames.

Behind the show is Pains Fireworks, who have given pyrotechnic flair to Disney Symphony Orchestra concerts and Rod Stewart tours.

Word of warning: book in advance and don’t be late, there’s a strict no-entry after 8pm policy.

Nov 3, gates 6pm, show 8pm, £6.50
Albert Bridge Road,
SW11 4NJ
Tube | Battersea

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Fireworks Display

Get blinded by the lights at this show, which tends to be less crowded than some of the  more mainstream displays.

Nov 2, gates 4pm; show 8pm, free
Streatham Common
Station | Streatham


Crystal Palace Park Fireworks 

Get two displays for the price of one at this event – one takes place during the early evening and the other main display, set to music, will take place a couple of hours later.

Nov 5, gates 6pm; shows 7pm & 8.30pm, £5
Crystal Palace Park, SE20 8DT
Tube | Crystal Palace

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Danson Park Fireworks

Grab candy floss, doughnuts and hot dogs and catch some live music from 6pm, and then huddle up in the cold with hundreds of other people all craning their necks up in awe of the gunpowder creations above.

Nov 3, gates 6pm; display 8pm
Danson Park, Bexleyheath,
Station | Bexleyheath


Pop-up cocktails and bonfire

The Midnight Apothecary is throwing an unusual bonfire-themed cocktail party in a rooftop garden above the Thames Tunnel, with cocktails created from the garden’s fresh fruit and herbs.

Previous concoctions include whisky mint juleps, blackberry martinis, maple martinis or gin and lavender. Those who dare can walk through the tunnel for £5.

Nov 3, 5pm
Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF, free
Tube | Rotherhithe

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Kingston upon Thames Fireworks

It’s one of the most spectacular displays in outer London. Profits from the Kingston fireworks display at the Kingsmeadow Athletics and Fitness Centre Stadium will be donated to local charities, so you can feel an extra warm glow inside during the show. Which is handy if it’s cold.

Nov 2, gates 6.30pm;
last entry 7.45pm, £5
Station | Norbiton


Jubilee Firework Megashow

Bars, barbecues and fairground rides will be in abundance at the annual Ealing Cricket Club event. Plus, they’re holding a ‘Make a Guy’ comp.

The best Guy Fawkes effigy will get to top the giant bonfire and its creators will win a £20 prize to put in their beer kitty. Submit entries to the club by Nov 1 for judging.

Nov 3, gates 6pm
Ealing Cricket Club,
Corfton Rd, W5 2HS
Tube | Ealing Broadway


Richmond Athletic Ground Fireworks

The fireworks at this event from Richmond Council and the London Scottish Football Club are sure to rock you – it’s been choreographed to “the best Queen tracks ever made” and put together by the team from Phoenix Fireworks, who have previously won titles such as British Fireworks Champions and the Pyromusical Championships.

With cover available under the grandstand in case it rains, you’ll also be able to hook into a tasty hog roast and some mulled wine.

Nov 6, gates 4.30pm; display 7pm  Kew Foot Road, Richmond, £8
TW9 2SS | Tube | Richmond

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The Candlelight Club

This secret pop-up bar is lit entirely by candles – it’s as close to a 1920s Prohibition-era speakeasy you’re ever likely to get, with sparkling flapper dresses, retro hairdos and wild bopping to a live jazz band and vintage DJing.

They often have special guests, such as vintage-style photographers or tarot card readers, and every party’s cocktail menu is a one-off for that evening.

Nov 16 & 17, 7pm, £15.75
Location revealed to ticket holders before the event

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Brockwell Park

The annual display turns Brockwell Park into a social hub for this diverse community with an array of music, attractions and stalls from 4pm and just like last year, tonnes of brightly coloured lanterns.

Gates 4pm; display 8pm, free
Brockwell Park, Norwood Road,  SE24 0NG
Tube | Brixton


Enfield Town Fireworks

This display will involve 10,000 fireworks and half a tonne of gunpowder – a cracking effort for the event’s hosts, the local Scouts, who celebrate their 38th year with this major fundraiser.

Nov 3, gates 6pm; display 7.30pm, £6
Enfield Town Park, Cecil Road, EN2 6TJ 
Tube | Enfield Town

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Big Six Finale

The finale in a series of public events to say thanks to residents for putting up with Olympics disruption – or celebrate it – throughout the year includes a free fair and fireworks display (they usually charge) as a final hurrah.

Expect music, entertainment and refreshments.

Nov 5, 5pm-10pm, free
Chestnuts Field, Waltham Forest Town Hall Complex, Forest Rd, E17 4JF 
Tube | Walthamstow


Barnes bonfire night

A bonfire, mini-fireworks display, jazz music and a feast of food and drink.

Nov 3, 5.30pm
Barnes Sports Club, SW13 9QL
Station | Barnes Bridge


Guy Fawkes Night

This is not only a great British celebration of Guy Fawkes Night but a community cultural event.

Expect incredible smells wafting from a variety of ethnic food stalls selling everything from jerk chicken to falafel and spicy samosas.

Enjoy the Olympic legacy theme and also a laser show that will be seen from miles away.

Nov 4, gates 5.45pm, display 6.45pm, free
Wanstead Flats, Capel Road, E11 OJD 
Tube | Wanstead Park

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Thames Bonfire night cruise

See London be illuminated from aboard a dinner cruise along the Thames.

Sail past the Houses of Parliament, where the gunpowder plot went down, and other iconic landmarks including St Paul’s Cathedral, The London Eye and Tower Bridge.

Then catch the massive Battersea Park fireworks display from the best seat in the capital.

The barbecue on the boat includes a range of burgers, tasty sausages, salad and a veggie curry. More importantly, there’s also a fully licensed bar to enjoy.

Nov 3, 6.30pm-9.30pm, £45
Embankment Pier, WC2N 6NU
Tube | Embankment


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