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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.

What is Burns Night?

Burns Night celebrates the anniversary Robert Burns, a Scottish poet and lyricist who was born in 1759 and became a national icon. 

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.

When is Burns Night?

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

Celebrate Burns Night in restaurants in London

  • Head to London's Scottish-themed restaurant mini chain, Boisdale, for its annual Burns Night celebrations.
  • Sip on decadent whisky snifters at a Burns Night Whisky Tasting Evening with The Glenlivet at Rotunda Bar and Restaurant. 24 Jan
  • Celebrate Burns in style at the black-tie Burns Night Supper at London Scottish House. 24 Jan
  • 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. 24-25 Jan
  • North Londoners can celebrate Burns Night with an Epping Forest Burns Supper. Expect songs, poetry, entertaining speakers and humour! 25 Jan
  • South London's British pub, The Cyclist in Balham, hosts a Burns Night Supper in honour of the Scottish poet, serving a traditional meal, warming whisky and cocktails. 25 Jan
  • Celebrate Burns at a Traditional Burns Night Celebration Supper at Tate Britain's Rex Whistler Restaurant, where art, food and bagpipes collide. 25 Jan
  • Join Fortnum & Mason for a Selkirk Grace, a four-course meal and entertainment in celebration of life and work of one of Scotland's most-famous sons. 25 Jan

Join a Burns Night ceilidh in London

  • Join special guest caller, Clare Watters, for a night of high-energy ceilidh at the London Welsh Centre. 24 Jan
  • Enjoy Scottish folk-dance tunes at a Burns Night Ceilidh in St Mark's Dalston Church in east London. 24-25 Jan
  • Evoke the spirit of Caledonia in a night filled with music, dance, spoken poetry and haggis (with vegetarian options available) at Primrose Hill Community Centre. Remember to bring your favourite malt to share! 25 Jan
  • Did you know that the name of the ship, Cutty Sark, originates from Robert Burns' famous poem, Tam O'Shanter? There is simply no better place to enjoy a Burns Night Ceilidh this January. 25 Jan
  • 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. 25 and 31 Jan
  • 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. Various dates

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