Bonfire Night in London watching the Fireworks, is now our new tradition.
Last year, we found ourselves in London during the first weekend of November. As I started searching for things for us to do whilst there, I realised it would be Bonfire Night on the Saturday. “I bet there are some fantastic fireworks in London on Bonfire Night”, I thought. So, I began looking for fireworks displays. There were quite a few options, but as we were staying in Central London, we wanted to stay quite central to avoid unnecessary tube trips.
That’s when I saw “River Thames Bonfire Night Cruise – London Fireworks. Step aboard our Thames Bonfire Night Cruise for a bonfire night to remember.”
This was perfect! I am a huge fan of Bonfire Night, but have to admit, I don’t like standing in a cold field watching the fireworks on a cold November night. So the thought of being inside a warm boat, with toilets was a big selling point for me.
We arrived at Westminster Pier at 17.45 and walked down to the boat, which was waiting alongside the pier. We boarded the boat and were greeted with a glass of hot Muller Cider which was delicious. The boat set sail and we cruised along the River Thames, past the London Eye and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. We passed HMS Belfast and the Tower of London before sailing underneath Tower Bridge. The photo opportunities were amazing, everything looked beautiful lit up against the dark sky.
The boat then turned around and we headed back up river. The food station opened and we got ourselves a box of Chilli Con Carne with rice, which was a delicious classic supper for Bonfire Night.
We sailed past the Houses of Parliament and slowly came to a stop next to Battersea Park. The Captain announced that the fireworks would be starting soon.
We bought a fresh round of drinks, put on our hats and coats and made our way to the open outside deck. The Battersea Park fireworks were amazing. Standing on the upper deck of a boat in the middle of the River, watching the fireworks fly high above the trees into the black November sky is mesmerising. We forgot we were in London. The gentle sway of the boat gave everything a dreamlike quality.
We had such a good Bonfire Night in London watching the Battersea Park fireworks on the Thames. That we have decided to make this a tradition and have asked friends and family to join us for 2017.
Warning: this is a sell-out. We have already booked our tickets. What are you waiting for? Book Your Tickets Now – https://www.thamesdinnercruise.co.uk/bonfire-night-cruises/