Free fireworks display to returns to London

Date: March 22, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
Free fireworks display to returns to London

Central London is set to benefit again from a free public fireworks display, following last year’s City Hall decision to charge for the New Year’s Eve display.

The traditional display, ending the Lord Mayor’s Show Parade in November, was called off twice in recent years. Last year the display was cancelled following the terror attacks in Paris and in 2012 for the Olympics.

The City of London Corporation has now voted to continue the display for the next three years, starting with this November’s show. Free for everyone to attend, the fireworks display has attracted over 100,000 people to the banks of the River Thames in the past.

The best views 

The 2016 Lord Mayor’s Show, on Saturday 12th November, includes a 10-minute fireworks display at 5:15pm from a barge moored between Waterloo and Blackfriars Bridges.

There are many venues in London ideal for watching the display, with large numbers of people gathering along Victoria Embankment, the South Bank, Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. It would be a fantastic accompaniment to a celebration for anyone booking Thames party boat hire on this day.

Only free display

Following the £10 ticket charge for the New Year’s Eve fireworks display organised by the Mayor of London, this event will be the only free fireworks show in the capital.

The charge was introduced to allow more control over crowds, with the amount paying for barriers and tickets. However, many tickets were resold at up to 20 times their value, with only 25% bought by Londoners.