2FOR1 this November
Published 02/11/2016 by Pinar
On 5 November the skies will light up with glittering bursts of fireworks for Bonfire Night. Also known as Firework Night, the 5 November is associated with big firework displays, baked potatoes, hot chocolate and other warming festive treats.
But remember remember the 5 November was originally Guy Fawkes Night and is the annual commemoration of Fawkes’s failed plot to assassinate King James I by blowing up the House of Lords.
Want to know more? Then come and learn about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot’s grisly plan…
Tower of London
On 5 November 1605, Guy Fawkes was arrested while guarding explosives that members of the Gunpowder Plot had placed beneath the House of Lords.
He was taken to Queen’s House at the Tower of London and interrogated for days. It was highly likely he was also tortured in the basement of the White Tower in an effort to make him give up his fellow plotters.
Visit the Queen’s House, the White Tower and the rest of the Tower of London to learn lots more gruesome British history.
Houses of Parliament
Eventually Fawkes confessed to the plot and named his conspirators. They were all brought to trial and hanged at the Palace of Westminster, now more commonly referred to as the Houses of Parliament, on 31 January 1606. To celebrate Parliament not being blown to bits, see it in all its glory from the water when you buy a 2FOR1 ticket for a Thames river cruise.
Whilst you are near the Houses of Parliament be sure to pay Westminster Abbey a visit too. Steeped in more than a thousand years of history Westminster Abbey is a must-see living pageant of bygone British times.
See some fireworks
There are more than 30 big public fireworks displays across London during the first week of November to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. Check here to find one near you.