Every year the skies light up around 5 November with spectacular firework displays, while bonfires are lit and effigies of Guy Fawkes torched across England in remembrance of his part in the failed "Gunpowder Plot" of 1605 to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

Bonfire night events are taking place all across the capital over the week, with sparklers, food markets and funfairs, as well as live music and child-friendly entertainment. Here is our pick of the best displays around London.

Wimbledon Fireworks at Wimbledon Park (Thursday 5 November)

Gates open at 5.15pm and the first performance starts with a bonfire at 6.30pm for children and a firework display at 6.45pm. There will be a second bonfire lit at 8.15pm, followed by another firework display.

Battersea Park Fireworks (Saturday 7 November)

Wandsworth Council hosts the annual firework display at Battersea Park. Gates open at 6pm and the bonfire will be lit at 7pm, followed by the firework display.

Blackheath Fireworks (Saturday 7 November)

Lewisham council will once again host London's biggest firework display, with food stalls, bars and a funfair during the daytime. The event is free to attend, but donations toward running costs are much appreciated.

Crystal Palace Fireworks at Crystal Palace Park (Thursday 5 November)

Public firework displays at Crystal Palace Park have been held for 150 years and this year's show is set to be spectacular. Gates open at 6pm for a children's firework display at 7pm and a magic show. The main display will start at 8.30pm.

Harrow Fireworks Festival (Saturday 7 November)

Held at Byron Recreation Ground, this year's Disney-themed event will start at noon, with international food stalls, a barbecue and live music. Entry is free and the firework display starts at 7.30pm.

Hackney Firework Pyromusical at Clissold Park (Saturday 7 November)

Not your run-of-the-mill firework display, Hackney Council is hosting musical experience at Clissold Park for the second year in a row. This year's theme is superheroes – so expect costumes, superhero-themed music and food. Gates open at 6pm.

Victoria Park Fireworks Night (Saturday 7 November)

East London's night of free fireworks and music begins at 7pm, but get there early as there may be queues.

Kingston upon Thames Round Table and Rotary Club Fireworks (Friday 6 November)

Held at Kingsmeadow stadium, gates open at 6.30pm and last entry is at 7.45pm. Tickets are £5 and the firework display starts at 8pm.

Southwark Park Fireworks Night (Thursday 5 November)

Over 30,000 people attended Southwark's annual firework display in 2014 and this year's event is set to be even better – with fireworks, bonfires, food, drink and entertainment. The event is free but you will need to get tickets in advance to avoid disappointment. Gates open at 5pm, with last entry at 6.30pm.

Alexandra Palace Fireworks Festival (Saturday 7 November)

Around 50,000 people attend the annual firework display at the iconic Alexandra Palace. A ticket is between £6 and £9 and there is something for everyone, from craft beer to face-painting. Gates open at 3pm and the firework display starts at 8pm.