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 2018 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:
- Dance the night away with the Ceilidh Club at Hammersmith Town Hall and watch the tradition of piping in the haggis as Burns’ poem Address to the Haggis is read aloud. 19, 20, 26 Jan and 3 Feb
- Make your own haggis and sip on a dram or two of whisky at a masterclass hosted by Andy Waugh, the founder of Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild. 23 Jan
- Feast on a Burns Night dinner at 108 Brasserie, complete with culllen skink, haggis, neeps and tatties, finished with a decadent deep-fried Mars bar. 25 Jan
- Sip on a haggis-infused cocktail and create your own version of the classic Scottish delicacy with Bompas and Parr’s quirky Cryptozoological Haggis Workshop. 25 Jan
- Enjoy a night of live swing and blues music at Boisdale Canary Wharf as you dine on delicious Scottish fare including Aberdeenshire beef. 25 Jan
- Head to The Bloomsbury Club bar for a Burns Night party complete with special whisky cocktails, live music and Scottish small plates including haggis sausage rolls and Irn-Bru sorbet. 25 Jan
- Test your highland knowledge during the Celtic quiz at temper City’s Burns Night dinner, where Scottish ingredients are given an Asian twist – think Malaysian spiced cullen skink. The night features everything from bagpipes to Irn Bru cocktails, with comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli hosting. 25 Jan
- Tap your feet to acclaimed piper Matthew Supranowicz at the Devonshire Club as you eat a traditional Burns Night supper featuring an Arbroath smokies fish pie. 25 Jan
- Laugh along to top comedians including John Moloney and Tiffany Stevenson as they preview snippets from their Glasgow International Comedy Festival shows at the Burns Night Gala at the Leicester Square Theatre. 25 Jan
- Discover whisky and beer pairings at The Gallery bar in West Hampstead, with special selections and cocktails for the occasion including the classic Bobby Burns cocktail with whisky, vermouth and Bénédictine liqueur. 25 Jan
- Climb aboard Cutty Sark, named after a character in Robert Burns’ poem, Tom O’Shanter. Tickets include a ceilidh, traditional food and a dram of whisky. 27 Jan
- Raise a toast to Burns with a wee dram at one of London's best whisky bars.