Star-gazers across London are in for a special treat this week as the Draconid meteor shower is expected to peak.

It is estimated that around five shooting stars will be visible in the night sky so long as we're lucky enough to enjoy some clear weather.

Whether you are a keen stargazer or love to see a meteor shower, here is everything you need to know about the Draconid shower this weekend.

When does the Draconid meteor shower peak this year?

The Draconid meteor shower takes place between Friday, October 6 and Tuesday, October 10 but is set to peak the night of Sunday, October 8 and Monday, October 9.

The best time to see the shower will be in the evening just after nightfall, unlike most other showers which are visible after midnight.

How you can see the Draconid meteor shower in London

Astronomers recommend lying on your back and using the naked eye, allowing you to see as much of the sky and the meteor shower as possible.

NASA has also advised giving your eyes time to adjust to the dark to see the celestial event better.

This can be done by staying away from phone screens and bright lights as these can negatively impact your night vision.

The best places to see the  Draconid meteor shower in London

Royal Observatory Greenwich

The world-famous observatory is arguably the most popular stargazing spot in the whole of London. 

Thanks to its elevated spot and impressive telescope, it's a perfect spot to watch celestial events take place. 

Ruislip Lido

The lido is a brilliant place to get a dark sky so you can watch the stars all night long.

With its reservoir and the artificial beach, there is little light pollution and much of the glow from the outskirts does not take over the sky. 

Primrose Hill

The hill is one of London's most loved spots, with its offering of spectacular views across the city, it makes a perfect spot to be away from the busy street of London and close to the night sky. 

Blackheath Common

The large open green space is the perfect place to look up into the night sky, with its 250 acres and away from the bright lights of the city. 

What causes the Draconid meteor shower?

The annual Draconid meteor shower is caused when Earth passes through debris left behind by comet Giacobini-Zinner.

The tiny meteorites created from this comet fragmentation burn up as they enter the planet's atmosphere, creating bright shooting stars across the night sky.