Eat, drink and dance to celebrate the life and work of Scotland’s national bard on Burns Night 2023 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 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.
Wondering what type of events can you enjoy during Burns Night?
Iconic Burns Night events
In 2022, you could have enjoyed these these Burns Night events:
Celebrations in London
- Spent a memorable evening onboard Tudor galleon The Golden Hinde, where you could tuck into traditional Scottish food and enjoyed bagpipes and whisky tasting.
- Enjoyed the annual Burns Night celebrations at London's Scottish-themed mini chain, Boisdale.
- Devoured haggis and aced your dance steps with the lot from the Ceilidh Club in a three-hour evening of food, dancing, piping and poetry.
- Sipped on whisky and danced to live music with the uniquely entertaining The Nest Collective.
- Celebrated Burns Night with an Epping Forest Burns Supper.
Traditional Burns Night dancing
- In previous years you could have enjoyed Scottish folk-dance tunes at a Burns Night Ceilidh in St Mark's Dalston Church in east London.
- Felt the spirit of Caledonia in a night filled with music, dance, spoken poetry and haggis at Primrose Hill Community Centre.
- Danced the night away, then refuelled with Scottish delicacies (including whisky-flavoured desserts) during the Burns' Ceilidh Night and Supper at St Thomas' Church in Balham.
Check back closer to the time to find out where to celebrate Burns Night 2023 in London.