AvGeek alert: How to watch Bonfire Night fireworks from the sky

Oct 30, 2019

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Instead of “remember, remember”, you should “forget, forget” the 5th of November this year, as it seems most of London’s firework displays will take place on Saturday 2 November. There are at least eight major displays all over London, so you’ll have plenty of options to see them.

In order to avoid the crushing crowds, the potential bad weather and having to pay, one of the the best place to see the fireworks is actually sat on a plane in the skies above London. More precisely, if you’re on a flight landing into Heathrow (LHR) between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday, you’ll be in for an absolute treat.

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The map below shows two of the most common flight paths for approaching Heathrow. There are several holding patterns to the north and to the south, but both routes converge around the Waterloo/Vauxhall area in south east London. What’s great is that many of the main displays should be visible no matter which of the approach routes your flight takes.

Spectacular views cannot be guaranteed, however, as it’s dependent on a few things. Firstly, and perhaps the most obvious, the skies above London must be clear in order for you to see the displays from the sky. Secondly, the wind needs to be blowing in the right direction — most of the time the prevailing wind across the U.K. is from the west or south west. Aircraft are directed into the wind when landing, which is why the flight path mentioned above is the most common for London as it sees aircraft approaching from the east, into the prevailing winds from the west.

And finally, and this one you do have a bit of control over. Usually, we’d advise to always sit on the right hand side of the aircraft as it affords the best view of the city. However, considering the map, sitting on the left hand side of the plane might give you the best chance of seeing the most fireworks displays whether you’re coming in from the north or the south.

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We’re not saying go and book a last-minute flight for Saturday, but if you are thinking of it, then your best option might be a Reward Flight Saver in order to experience the fireworks from the sky for nearly free.

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Below is a list of the main fireworks displays across London this year.

Friday 1 November
9 p.m. — Alexandra Palace, north London

Saturday 2 November
7 p.m. — Kempton Park Racecourse, Surrey
7:45 p.m. — Beckenham, south east London
7:45 p.m. — Ealing Cricket Club, west London
8 p.m. — Blackheath Park, south east London
8 p.m. — Alexandra Palace, north London
8 p.m. — Battersea Park, south west London
8:30 p.m. — Crystal Palace, south London
8:30 p.m. — Ravenscourt Park, west London

Sunday 3 November
7 p.m. — Victoria Park, east London

Tuesday 5 November
6:45 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. — Wimbledon Park, south west London

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