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Burns Night in London

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Celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday with poetry readings, slap-up dinners, traditional dancing and a toast with the best Scottish whisky in London. Read More


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.

Where to celebrate Burns Night 2020 in London

  • Head to London's Scottish-themed restaurant mini chain, Boisdale, for its annual Burns Night celebrations.
  • Devour haggis and ace the dance floor with the lot from the Ceilidh Club in a three-hour evening of food, dancing, piping and poetry.
  • Celebrate Burns in style at the black-tie Burns Night Supper at London Scottish House.
  • Sip on whisky and tap away to live music at the uniquely entertaining multi-sensory Project Burns Night Party hosted by The Rhythm and Booze – experts in all things whisky and gigs.
  • Dance the night away and refuel with Scottish delicacies (including whisky-flavoured desserts) during the Burns' Ceilidh Night and Supper at St Thomas' Church in Balham.

Many London restaurants and bars hold Burns Night events, serving up suppers of haggis and tatties with a wee dram of Scottish whisky. More elaborate London Burns Night celebrations also include poetry readings, toasts and bagpipe music, before everyone joins in the ceilidh dancing.

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 bars to full-out Scottish festivities.

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