Friday, 11 November 2011
To mark the end of the Show and the beginning of a new mayoral year, London’s newly confirmed Lord Mayor will start a magnificent firework display on the river Thames at five o’clockon the 12th of November.
The display includes more than half a tonne of giant fireworks, some of which shoot over 600ft into the sky before exploding, and takes a team of eight pyrotechnicians two days to set it all up.
It's one of London's most spectacular annual displays, and you'll be able to see the fireworks for miles, but for the best view of all head down to Victoria Embankment. The road will be closed to traffic this year so there's plenty of room. You can also see from Blackfriars or Waterloo bridges but there is much less space there and the police will be moving people on to keep traffic moving both on the road and the pavement. To avoid disappointment, head for the riverside.
with the help of the City of London police we've prepared a detailed map of the area, showing where to head for and where to avoid as well as the usual streets and landmarks. You can download it here, and at the start of November you can get an interactive version in our iPhone app too.
The fireworks display is organised by Quantum Public Relations Ltd on behalf of the Lord Mayor. The fireworks are very kindly donated - and the whole display sponsored - byStandard Fireworks. Thanks are also due to Sean Collins Lighterage for the barge from which the fireworks are launched and British Waterways for their permission and assistance.