Guy Fawkes Night, also known as Bonfire Night, is annually held to commemorate the 1605 failed Gunpowder Plot in which Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators attempted to blow up Parliament with King James I inside.

After the plot was felled and exposed, Fawkes and his group were arrested, imprisoned and executed. Though not a legal holiday, it’s observed throughout on November 5th – the original day of the plot. In observance, organized fireworks displays will light up the sky all weekend, November 2-5, 2007. The following celebrations are planned for Friday, the 2nd.

The Clapham Fireworks Display: 7:25 p.m.; one of the grandest displays will happen in Clapham Common, more than 40,000 people are expected to attend this South London event. Look for bursting fireworks and family activities. Admission is free. Tube stations: Clapham South / Clapham Common. The following accomodations are within 3 miles of Clapham Common Park:

Chelsea Guest House, 0.9 miles
Leigham Court Hotel, 1.82 miles
Blades Hotel, 2.11 miles
Melita House Hotel, 2.12 miles
Days Inn Westminster, 2.13 miles

Kingston Fireworks Display: 8 p.m., at Kingsmeadow Athletics Centre. There will also be fairground rides and other celebratory attractions. Admission: £5.00, children £3.00.

Bishops Park Fireworks: 8 p.m. in West London; gates open at 6:30 p.m., there will be a children’s show too. Admission: £5.00 flat, for those 5 years and over.

Wimbledon Fireworks: a 5:15 p.m. start; the recommendation is to make an entire day of it at Wimbledon, espcecially with the day’s events beginning so early. This is one of two big displays organized by the Merton Council. Two shows are planned for 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; the traditional bonfire will be lit at 6:30 p.m. Admission: £7.00 for adults; £4.00 for kids over 4 years; little ones under 4, attend for free. Tube station: Wimbledon Park. The following accomodations are within 5 miles of Wimbledon Park:

Best Western Lodge Hotel, 1.36 miles
Cannizaro House, 1.58 miles
Swallow Kingston Lodge Hotel, 2.83 miles
La Reserve, 2.97 miles
Earls Court Hotel, 3.62 miles

Streatham Fireworks: 7:25 p.m., this is one of three massive displays in South London. In addition to the fireworks, there will also be fair rides and fun for the entire family. Tube station: Streatham and Streatham Common.

Brockwell Park Fireworks Display: 7:25 p.m.; get ready for an impressive display at this South London park, which is one of London’s biggest. Tube station: Clapham Common.

*Bonfire Night, Wimbledone Park. Photo reprinted with permission of Mercer.