Watching a fireworks display is a fun and traditional way to remember, remember the 5th of November. However, not everyone is a fan of traditions.
If you would rather do something a little more off-beat, some of London’s hotels have alternative activities for you. They might not have fireworks, bonfires, or cheap burgers and hot dogs, but they’re sure to keep you warm on a chilly November night (or day). Try these events for size…
Bonfire Night Apples at the Ace Hotel
Toffee apples are an ever-present Bonfire Night treat – as well as those chocolate-covered ones with hundreds and thousands.
If you want an interesting way to spend the afternoon before you head off to see some fireworks, try the event being put on by London’s Mindful Kitchen Meetup Group.
Their workshop at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch is a study in apples, teaching participants about the history of the fruit and showing them how to make an apple powder, brandy infusion, cocktail, and candy apple.
The cocktail attendees will learn to make has been created by the chefs at the hotel’s restaurant, Hoi Polloi. The event is very exclusive, with just 10 spots available. So grab your ticket quickly from the Ace Hotel’s website.
Silent Disco v. Retro Gaming Masquerade at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel
What have a silent disco, retro gaming, and a masquerade got to do with Bonfire Night? Very little, but that won’t stop the party going ahead from 6pm on November 5th.
This penthouse party will feature retro SEGA consoles for the gamers, a silent disco, karaoke and lots of dressing up. If that’s not enough, you’ll also have a 360-degree view of the London skyline. You’re sure to spot some fireworks from way up high. If you’re too tired at the end of the night, why not crash in one of the hotel’s luxurious suites? Get your tickets here.
Scandal Water Afternoon Tea at London Edition
Edition’s Punch Room has rather a lot of disdain for the traditional afternoon tea experience. In fact, they think it’s a “shameless clip joint routine” with “fussy diabetes-inducing cakes and crustless sandwiches”. Someone really isn’t a fan of tea at The Ritz.
Whatever your opinion of how other hotels do afternoon tea, Punch Room is taking it back to its roots.
Their Scandal Water experience – named after 19th century slang for tea – pairs five teas with five foods designed to complement each other perfectly. The food includes an “iced gem” shortbread with buttercream, and miso cured salmon with caviar.
You can try out the menu every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon (3pm to 5pm) until Christmas, including November 5th. You’ll be finished in time to catch a fireworks display of your choice. You can make a booking here or reserve on the hotel’s website.
There’s more to do on Bonfire Night (or before it) than watch fireworks. But there’s always time to fit something in around the fireworks too.
Photo credits: Hans, Ace Hotel Shoreditch, Chelsea Harbour Hotel, London Edition.