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Burns Night in London 2023

People dance together to scottish music at a church with tartan decorations on burns night london.
Dance the night away at Burns Night celebrations at the Nest Collective. Image courtesy of The Nest Collective © Ollie Denton
Celebrate Scottish poet Robert Burns' birthday with poetry readings, slap-up dinners, traditional dancing and a toast with the best Scottish whisky in London.

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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? Here's how to celebrate Burns Night in London in 2023.

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Iconic Burns Night experiences and events

Whisky tasting experiences in London

Bottles of whisky on a small table with glasses and plates of cheese, fruit and chocolate.

Discover a whisky tasting experience on and around Burns Night.

Celebrations in London

Attend one of the city's Burns Night celebrations. 

  • Spend a memorable evening at The Nest Collective, enjoying a glass or two of whisky and dancing to live music from their house band, the Ceilidh Liberation Front.  
  • Head to Skylight rooftop bar for an evening of drams and dramatic skies, as guests are welcomed by the sound of bagpipes with whisky tasting and a highland dance performance.
  • Enjoy the annual Burns Night celebrations at London's Scottish-themed mini chain, Boisdale.
  • Devour haggis and ace your dance steps with the lot from the Ceilidh Club in a three-hour evening of food, dancing, piping and poetry.  

Check back nearer the time for more Burns Night celebrations or discover more iconic events across London in 2023.

 
 

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