Eat, drink and dance to celebrate the life and work of Scotland’s national bard on Burns Night in London.
Born in 1759, Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who became a national icon. Burns Night is marked with a traditional supper and music on or around the anniversary of his birth, 25 January, in Scotland and across the UK.
Many London restaurants and bars hold Burns Night events, serving up suppers of haggis and tatties with a glass of Scottish whisky. More elaborate London Burns Night celebrations also include poetry readings, toasts and bagpipe music, before everyone joins in the ceilidh dancing.
Where to Celebrate Burns Night 2017 in London
Whether you choose to don your finest tartan outfit or otherwise, there are plenty of things to do on Burns Night in London, from whisky tastings to full-out Scottish festivities – take a look at our London Burns Night ideas below.
- Feast on a special Burns Night menu at Boisdale, from Highland salmon and Aberdeenshire beef, to Scottish broth, haggis and tatties. 17-25 Jan
- Celebrate with Frank and Dean's Burns Night Hootenanny at Boisdale Canary Wharf, including plenty of Scottish surprises as well as swing classics and pop floor-fillers to end the night. 25-27 Jan
- The Ceilidh Club returns to Hammersmith Town Hall for Burns Night London 2017, with haggis, drinks, poetry and three hours of dancing to a live band, with a caller who’ll teach beginners all the steps. 20-21 and 27-28 Jan, and 3-4 Feb
- Grab a taste of the traditional supper wrapped up in an oat potato bun with The Hyde Bar’s The Burns burger, while enjoying a tipple from their extensive collection of 130 premium whiskies. From 18 Jan
- Enjoy a free whisky tasting around the warming fire pits of Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop terrace with Burns Night at the WigWam. There’s also food, live music, cocktails and the traditional Address to a Haggis. 25 Jan
- Experience Burns Night traditions with all the trimmings at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, from whisky cocktails, deep-fried Mars bars and a five-course meal, to poetry recitals and ceilidh dancing to live music. 25 Jan
- Tap your feet to music by City of London Sinfonia, before joining in the ceilidh, with CLoSer: The Devil’s Violin and Burns Night Ceilidh at Wilton’s Music Hall. 24-25 Jan
- Watch the piping in of the haggis during the four-course Burns Night dinner, paired with Dalmore Whiskies, at Plum + Spilt Milk. 25 Jan
- Sample some traditional Scottish fare, including a deep-fried Mars bar dessert, with whisky pairing at 108 Brasserie on Burns Night in London. 25 Jan
- Make your own with a Glenfiddich Deconstructed whisky masterclass at The Guard House, or a Diageo whisky cocktail making session at The Boathouse. 25 Jan
- Hear poets Jan Noble and Tim Wells battle it out in a Burns Night poetry slam accompanied by a mini whisky masterclass at The Well. 25 Jan
- Raise a toast to Burns with a wee dram at one of London's best whisky bars.