CELEBRATE BONFIRE NIGHT…WITH A TWIST

Remember, remember, the 5th of November?

It’s all thanks to the father of anarchy, Guy Fawkes, who tried (but failed) to blow up the House of Lords in 1605, that we now have Bonfire Night. Celebrated annually across the United Kingdom, it’s the perfect excuse to get involved with some serious pyrotechnics in the nation’s capital.

But while the crowds flock to the same old spots along the Thames, we’ve sought out some alternatives ideas to celebrate in style.

1. Bonfire Night Tea (
Nov 1-6)
Just a stone’s throw from the original site of the Gunpower Plot, the Royal Horseguards hotel is offering an array of tantalising treats, some of which, quite literally, will explode in your mouth – think TNT exploding truffles, gunpowder tea-infused macaroons, and the chance to toast your own marshmallows. £32 per person, www.guoman.com.

For an explosion of flavours, try the Bonfire Night Tea at the Royal Horseguards


2. Guy Fawkes Experience and Fireworks 2011 (Nov 5-6)
If you’re willing to travel a tad beyond the M25, this fireworks extravaganza at the Royal Gunpowder Mills promises to be a blast for kids. Expect a weekend of fairground rides, arts & crafts and the ever-popular costumed re-enactment of the Guy Fawkes story. And the grand finale? A 15-minute fireworks display. £6 (children) £8.50 (adults),
www.royalgunpowdermills.com.

3. Disco Bloodbath Bonfire Night Party (Nov 5)
Leave the fireworks and hot chocolate to the kids – Passion is the place to be for some proper partying. The circuit’s hottest DJs including Toby Tobias, Ben Pistor and Damon Martin will be spinning the likes of raw house, dark pop, and disco screamers. £5 (£7 after midnight), www.discobloodbath.co.uk.

4. Thames bonfire night cruise (Nov 5)
If you’re going to bother with the fireworks at all, do it in style. What better way to see the display in ifs full glory than being on the river itself? As spectators on the banks look on in envy, this cruise will meander its way from Westminster pier to Battersea Park and back. Plus there’s a hot soup, desserts, and a BBQ on board to ward off the cold. £40 (adults), £25 (children), www.thamesdinnercruise.co.uk.

Fireworks exploding over the Thames at the Lord Mayor's Fireworks Display 2009

Catch the Lord Mayor's fireworks on Waterloo or Blackfriars bridge.

5. Lord Mayor’s Show and Fireworks Display (Nov 12)
Skip this weekend’s mayhem all together and arrive fashionably late (a whole week late, to be exact) to the Thames for an encore of the pyromania, which also includes a lively parade. Arrive early to cinch a spot on the Waterloo or Blackfriars bridges for the full panoramic experience.

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