Wandering the streets of London this 5th of November you’ll find people burning Guy Fawkes effigies, and children begging for pennies for Guy. The celebrations are marked with fireworks so spectacular that no one will judge you for wearing your sunglasses at night. Make the most of this 5th of November with our top 5 tips on what to do on Bonfire Night to join the celebrations.
1. Head to Lewes Sussex for the Bonfire Night Parade
Nowhere in London does Guy Fawkes Night quite like Lewes, Sussex. It’s the main event on the calendar, and for good reason: the celebration has taken place for hundreds of years. There are over 30 processions throughout the night, starting from 5pm and stretching into the early hours of Friday morning. The different Lewes Bonfire Societies have a friendly rivalry, although the processions will join up to march as one from 9pm, which is our bet for the best time to catch the parade. The best views are found at Lewes Cliffe Bridge, but get in early as it packs up quickly!
All the information you need can be found here.
2. Catch east London late-night art with First Thursdays
For a different pace to Guy Fawkes Night festivities get yourself to an east London gallery for First Thursdays. Organised by hip East London outfit Whitechapel Gallery, on the first Thursday of each month over 150 galleries swing open their doors to evening revellers. Our pick of the bunch is I, the Thing in the Margins - a playful take on the style of nature documentaries. Also worth a look is the opening of Zoo Logical at Stour Space, a photography series documenting zoo spaces.
You’ll find Peer at 97-99 Hoxton Street, London
Stour Space will be open from 7pm for the opening of Zoo Logical, more details available at their website.
3. Experience Community festival in east London
Once you’ve traversed the wealth of late-night art available on Thursday make your way to Community Festival, where the line-up is heaving with up-and-coming young artists making their mark on Europe’s music scene. Our pick for an unforgettable night is the lineup at Cargo, which includes London hip-hop ten piece House of Pharoahs, alongside the enigmatic Belgian hip hop/soul artist Coely.
Tickets are on sale now.
4. Taste the flavours of the world at Little Feast
Little Feast opens for the year on November 5, and will see stall-holders converge on Shepherd’s Bush for winter’s biggest food festival. With Shepherd’s Bush yard to be reimagined as a Scandinavian forest wonderland, you’ll be transported away to your own winter wonderland amongst fir trees and fairylights.
You can nab yourself a free spiced winter warmer on arrival by registering here.
5. See the fireworks from Victoria Park
Back for the first time in five years, Victoria Park is the spot to kick back this Guy Fawkes Night. Unlike many of the events around the city, seeing the fireworks at Victoria Park is totally free (score!). It’s the perfect spot to warm up with some mulled wine and see the skyline of East London illuminated with hundreds of fireworks. Be mindful of not being early to the party! This event is held on Saturday, November 7 (to maximise your hungover Sunday brunching experience). You can find all the details here.
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