“Remember, remember the fifth of November with gunpowder, treason and plot.” Yes we certainly remember story of Guy Fawkes caught red-handed with six barrels of gunpowder in the cellars below the Houses of Parliament in 1605. He was of course attempting to assassinate King James I and his punishment for this treasonable act was to be hung, drawn and quartered. If that gruesome and tortuous death wasn’t sufficient, Guy Fawkes has had centuries of being ceremoniously burnt alive as modern folk make effigies of him every year up and down the British Isles.
For centuries, November 5th has been a great British celebration even though the event has changed considerably over the years. Fireworks and bonfires are lit all over the country much to the delight of adults and children. While barely a city, town, village or hamlet can escape some kind of Bonfire Night festivity, nowhere are the celebrations more spectacular than in London.
Bonfire night tends to be celebrated at the weekend near to November 5 and this year it is safe to say that most of the best bonfires in London, and the country as a whole, will be lit on Saturday November 2.
Asides attending the likes of Beckenham, Morden or Kingston Fireworks Display, if you want to experience Bonfire Night in London with a difference, sail down the River Thames on a specially laid on Bonfire Night Cruise. The three-hour cruise leaves Westminster Pier at 18.30 hours and sails to Battersea to watch the famous annual Battersea Park Firework Display.