Bonfire Night 2009

bonfire night

With Bonfire Night on the horizon, you’ll doubtless be dusting off your winter coat in anticipation of sipping mulled wine in the cold. But if you fancy escaping indoors once the council has lit up the sky, don’t trudge around blindly looking for the nearest pub or restaurant. With our help detailing the nearest spots to the Alexandra Palace, Clapham Common, Victoria Park, Ravenscourt Park and Blackheath fireworks, you can make the evening a well-oiled affair.

Alexandra Palace Fireworks

Saturday 7 November, 4.30-11pm, fireworks 7.30pm. Entry to fireworks by donation: £4 adults, children £2

With the area jam-packed throughout Saturday, escaping to nearby Crouch End is a better bet for a pint or a bite to eat.

The Queen's Pub and Dining Room
Villiers Terrace

Blackheath Fireworks

Saturday, fireworks 8-8.30pm. Admission free.

There many not be a glut of pubs and restaurants nearby but, if you fancy escaping the manic food stalls in the park, there are certainly a few options a short stroll away.

Bar Du Musee
Everest Inn
The Guildford
North Pole Piano Restaurant
Zero Degrees

Clapham Common Fireworks

Thursday 5 November, 7.30pm. Admission free.

Expect the crowds to be spilling out onto the streets wherever you go. Rather than staying close to the common, a stroll down Battersea Rise to the Northcote Road is a better bet if you want to eat, but be prepared to wait.

The Avalon and The Abbeville. (Both are putting on a special barbecue menu for the night)
Bison and Bird
The Establishment
Firefly Balham & Clapham
Grafton House Restaurant and Bar
The People’s Republic Bar & Kitchen
The White House

Ravenscourt Park Fireworks

Saturday 7 November. Gates open 6.30pm, children's fireworks 7.15pm, main fireworks 8pm. Admission £6 or £4 in advance, under-5s free.

West London’s biggest community bonfire night, the event is a family affair with a no alcohol policy. For those gasping for a drink, there are plenty of watering holes and restaurants nearby.

Anglesea Arms
Carpenters Arms
The Dove
The Grove
Indian Zing
The Raven
Saigon Saigon
Stinging Nettle

Victoria Park Fireworks

Saturday 7 November, 2-9pm, bars and food from 5pm, fireworks 7.30-8.15pm

There are always plenty of temporary stalls selling food and drink in Victoria Park, but if you don’t fancy standing up to eat, and you want the warmth of inside, there’s a huge choice of bars, pubs and cheap eats a short stroll away.

The Approach Tavern
The Britannia
The Camel
The Cat and Mutton
The Dove
The Empress of India
Green Papaya
The London Fields
Off Broadway