Bonfire Night in London

Tonight is Bonfire Night!

“Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason, why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”

For anyone outside of our funny little island of Great Britain, you can read up on the history of bonfire night here.

But all you really need to know is that it’s a mid-autumn knees up, and possibly my favourite holiday of all!

Everyone pulls on boots, coats and woolies. They trudge out into the night, light an enormous fire and send fireworks shooting off into the darkness. You stand together cheering, whooping, warming yourself by the fire, burning your tongue on hot booze, getting toffee apples stuck to your teeth and squeezing hot dog mustard down your trousers.

It is excellent!

I celebrated with a few chums a little bit early.

One of the local squares had their party on Sunday. Notting Hillbillies from all around came together to celebrate as one.

We congregated around the huge fire, which I always thinks feels so deliciously Pagan.

Sparks and billows of smoke flew up into the starless sky, watched over by the glowing moon.

We drank mulled wine and enjoyed a supper of sausages.

We lit our sparklers as one…

…and danced around together.

Except for Bella of course, who always dances to the beat of her own drum!

The local children muddled together their Guys, which were to be judged and the winner burnt to a crisp.

Though mostly fabric and crumpled newspaper, some of them were really a bit creepy.

And one will haunt my nightmares for weeks….

Imagine finding that chap staring at you from your cupboard in the dead of night!


The girls, proudly sporting their Juggz Jumpers!

(I have my eyes on the sausage dog ones.)

We watched the fire dance and slowly burn lower, but turned our back to it as soon as the main event started.

The fireworks!

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The Guys were judged and a winner thrown onto the fire, quickly followed by his runners up.

We saw them off with a few more sparklers.

And gently toasted ourselves in the glow of the dancing fire.

The crowd slowly melted away and soon it was just us left behind.

Warming our behinds.

Polar neck (you really need a few of these babies in your cupboard. Life savers!)

Trousers // Boots // Duffle coat // Enormous scarf

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If you’re a Londoner, here’s where you can get your gunpowder fix tonight:

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Brockwell park, 5pm

Crystal Palace park, 6pm (Fireworks at 8pm)

Southwark park, 6pm

Wimbledon park, 5.30pm (Fireworks at 8.30pm)

Redbridge, Barkingside recreation ground, 5.30pm

I hope it goes off with a bang!

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  • This looks like so much fun! What a fantastic tradition, although the Guy Fawkes dolls are kiiinda creepy!

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

  • becki somerville

    lovin the jugz jumpers πŸ™‚

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell

    You look so gorgeous here, Rose. I love the video! SO beautiful!

  • Kelsie Reynolds

    This looks like so much fun!!

  • “V for Vendetta!!!”- Okay I need to catch up on that history lesson. But that bonfire sure sounds and looks amazing, I can almost smell it through the screen, love that smell! (Except its a pain to get out of your coat)


  • Little disappoint will be missing fireworks night this year πŸ™

    Leonie β™₯

  • First! When does that happen? I celebrated this past weekend all the way from Canada! (except we had snow. oh the stereotypes) post will be up tomorrow at ! Looks like you had a fab time Rosie πŸ™‚

  • Imogen May

    oOooooo! Everything about this night looked so fun, what a bloody beast of a fire! Can’t wait to eat sausages and guzzle mulled wine tonight (as in, tomorrow..) or maybe I will tonight, who says its wrong to have sausages and hot wine as a midnight snack?! Those guys are utterly sinister haha weeuuuugh I’ve never stared one in the face like that before. Definitely writing this comment half asleep haha. Immy Xx

  • Elly @ Caribbean Living

    Aah Rosie I’m so envious! Bonfire Night was always my favourite knees up of the year – I agree, I love the pagan feel to it. It’s been years and years since I could go warm my cockles by the bonfire and oooh at the fireworks. Fab pics!

  • Such cute pictures!! You must carry your camera around all the time haha xx

  • Abby

    This looks like so much fun! Why doesn’t the US have a holiday like this? Kind of seems like the equivalent of an autumn 4th of July with the fireworks and all. Looks cozy!

  • Love it!

  • Love reading your posts Rosie! Glad you can have such a great time with your friends. It’s so great learning more about London and the UK through your posts. Have a lovely day!


  • Emily Kalbun

    you’re right, that really does look paegan! I’m surprised no one brought a harpoon:D. But yeah that looked like a fun night! It’s so nice to celebrate great holidays with great friends! Nice post rosie xx

  • chantelle

    Oh wow! I wish we had these around Chicago. Looks like such a fun night!

  • I’m a little bit of a pyro at heart so this looks absolutely fantastic. I mean that bonfire looks huge! I wish I could have been there. It seems like the English equivalent to our Fourth of July. We don’t have bonfires (at least not like that) but we do have fireworks! This looked so much fun!

  • That dummy doll thing was straight out of a Chucky re run so so creepy!!

  • This looks so awesome and like loads of fun. I wish we had something like this here in the states (besides the 4th of July) it seems much cozier in the fall πŸ™‚ Beautiful pictures by the way!

  • This looks and sounds amazing!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • You always write so beautifully, Rosie! Who doesn’t love fireworks?? I went to my first (and only) Guy Fawks night while on exchange in Norwich and it made me fall in love with England even more! Thank you for blogging so well, your blog is like a little piece of my home away from home!


  • Molly

    So jealous! There’s nothing better than bonfire’s in autumn! I actually just started my own blog and I would love it if you would check it! Hope that everything is going well and can’t wait to hear more!

  • Nicola Bonn

    What gorgeous pictures. I’m missing Bonfire Night this year as I have a new baby but I feel like I’ve experienced it now. Thanks :0)

  • This is awesome! Looks like my kind of holiday! πŸ™‚ Too bad we don’t have a day like thin in Austria.
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  • How festive!! I’m actually hosting an orientation for people going abroad to England tomorrow, and our advisor (who’s British) is intent on a full 5-minute education of Bonfire Night. Excited to learn more πŸ˜‰

  • Remember, remember the 5th of November! We love Guy Fawkes – the bonnie, the sparklers, the hot dogs. Love it – this looks like a fun night!

  • Jessica Thoma

    Beautiful photos! Wish I could be in GB for bonfire night this year..

  • Libby Fitter

    Great post Rosie, super video too. My husband and I are heading to Lewes bonfire night in east sussex, iv even made parkin cake to enjoy. Hope you have a great day xxx

  • Can’t believe I’m missing Bonfire night ’cause I’m not in London this year!

  • This has made me SO excited for the fireworks up in Glasgow tonight!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Jo

    Urgh I’m so jealous – I’ve managed to miss all the Bonfire night goodness this year which is really quite upsetting :-(. This looks like a lovely little gathering though!

    At least they burned all of those freaky Guys and not just the winner!!

  • Laura

    This has made me so nostalgic for home!

    Why don’t they celebrate Bonfire Night anywhere else!?

    Looks so fun!

  • ellak27

    Deliciously pagan? How can something be deliciously pagan?

  • That looks like such fun! Great photos!
    xx, Hailey

  • Wow this looks amazing, I don’t think I am going to see a display this year (boooo) so I am glad I could share yours πŸ™‚


  • Anita Fosen

    Wow this sounds so good, fun!

  • This makes me miss London so much! Blackheath fireworks are known as one of the best displays in the city, and I’m lucky enough to live only a road away from the Heath!

    For me, Bonfire Night will always be being a waist-high little sprog, putting jacket potatoes in the oven, getting bundled up in in-numerous layers and charging to the Heath, sparkler in hand. We used to meet up with all my pals, and the mums would sip mulled wine together, while we sat at their feet gazing in awe at the weeping-willow style fireworks that always looked like they were about to fall on you.

    And when it was all over, returning home, where my grandmother was just taking the soft, pillow-y, baked potatoes out of the oven, breaking them open with still-frozen fingers, and slathering them with butter!

    None of that in the South of France though πŸ™

    Thank you so much for such a lovely post, and a wonderful trip down memory lane!

  • Ha I love the Jugz jumpers! Saving my fireworks till the weekend – tonight I’ll watch Crystal Palace’s from my window πŸ˜‰

  • I much prefer locally organised events like this, there’s much more of a sense of community.

    Loving the jumpers!!!!

    Hugs xoxo

  • Great photos! I cannot wait to get in on the bonfire action tonight with my girls

  • Joelle

    Happy Guy Fawkes Night! It’s my favourite holiday too! I’ll be celebrating on a beach in Scotland tonight! So Excited!!


  • SUPERB Rosie!

  • and it’s all down to this guy:

  • This looks so fun Rosie!
    Michaela X

  • My birthday is on the 7th of November so we always used to have a firework party for it. It makes me love fireworks night because it makes me think of cosy birthdays, friends, fun, toffee apples, tomato soup and jacket potatoes!

    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

  • Flora Emay

    Lovely post Rosie – can almost feel that fire from here! πŸ˜‰ ( and boy do we need it today….woolen jumper, two pairs of socks & three mugs of tea and I’m STILL a bit chilly!). I love fireworks night but unfortunately have no one to go with this year πŸ™ I think I might wrap up and enjoy it on my own though…’tis another year, until the next one, after all! x

  • violet rose

    This post made me so homesick as it looks just like the annual bonfire night at Ladbroke Square! Funnily enough no Bonfires here in Saudi arabia!!

  • This makes me so nostalgic for last year’s bonfire night in Leeds. πŸ™ I want to go back!

  • Jesse Owen

    Fireworks….. It looks like you had so much fun πŸ˜€

    I’m going to a firework display on Friday – it will be the first one I’ve been to in years! I can’t wait!

  • What a cool tradition!

  • kyomi richards

    Such a lovely post! I’m watching the fireworks tonight and I can’t wait for my own fill of mulled wine, hot dogs and sparklers! x

  • I’ve lived in the UK for 7 years and have (shamefully) never been to a bonfire night! Definitely something I’ll keep in mind next year.

  • arielle q.

    we always celebrate november fifth watching v for vendetta and a movie night in but we are definitely doing a bonfire next year. you guys look like you’re having wayy more fun!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Zoe

    I would love to celebrate Bonfire Night! In the States, I find that most of the bonfires I attend are summer or spring affairs, but I think autumn makes a much more perfect time for a bonfire celebration. Particularly if there is hot booze involved.

    The What’s In Between

  • Just love how the fire had doors as burning wood πŸ™‚ Every little helps, I guess x

  • Kelsey Wilburn

    what a fun tradition!

    ladies in navy

  • Oh, Rosie! What a fun night. Wishing we had a similar tradition here in LA!

    xx, Kristi

  • I loved celebrating Bonfire Night while living in London. One year we had a massive picnic in Parliament Hill and watched all of the fireworks in London. It was so pretty and a lot of fun! x Kate

  • Peppermint Dolly
  • twelfthavenue

    LOL at “deliciously Pagan”. My husband is English (I’m American) and misses this holiday terribly here in the States. Happy 5th of November to you and yours, Rosie! (Is that a thing, wishing people a happy 5th of November?)

  • This looks like so much fun! x

  • Chrissabella

    I love Bonfire Night, such a great tradition! It looks like you had an amazing nights!

  • Looks so much fun! Having grown up in the States and France, I still don’t really ‘get’ Guy Fawkes night, but I’m willing to roll with it and just enjoy!

  • I think you mean *polo neck Rosie πŸ™‚

  • karisa

    This looks like so much fun and your pictures are great too!

    Karisa / heyimkarissa

  • Eleftheria

    Great post and beautiful pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I wish I was there too πŸ™

  • I love your hair looks perfect even after the whole day πŸ™‚ What’s your secret?

    This reminded me of V for Vendetta (love that quote) and that I haven’t watched it for a while πŸ˜›

  • The Juggz jumpers are brilliant – where can we buy them from? πŸ™‚

  • Shade of Red Blog

    Isn’t Custard scared of fireworks? I can never enjoy Bonfire Night because Dave (my sausage dog) is terrified of them and needs to crawl under my arm to stop shivering.

  • Shannon Griffiths

    your pictures are breathtaking! looks like a lot of fun πŸ™‚

  • I got to sneakily watch my neighbours display, so much better and a fab way to bring in the winter!

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty –

  • Nicole

    We celebrate Bonfire Night in Newfoundland too! πŸ™‚

  • Love Bonfire night, had some homemade chili and sweet potato fries

  • Emma and Emily

    I didn’t get the chance to go to any bonfire parties this year, been too busy! This post made me feel like I was there with you!

  • Olga L

    WOW!!! you’ve had a great time i see!!! awesome celebration!
    I wish we have such in my country!!


  • Queenie Lee
  • I’m in Morocco at the moment so completely missed bonfire night and I haven’t seen one firework! Thanks for helping me live my bonfire night through yours!

    Katie <3

  • gina

    those fire and firework pics are ace! love

  • Beautiful shots of the fireworks. Looks like an excellent night!

    Kate x

  • I love fireworks night yay! Fireworks are my fave thing ever, so is mulled wine πŸ˜€ just the best time of year! xo