Eat, drink and dance to celebrate the life and work of Scotland’s national bard on Burns Night 2022 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
Celebrations in London
- Spend a memorable evening onboard Tudor galleon The Golden Hinde, where you can tuck into traditional Scottish food and enjoy bagpipes and whisky tasting.
- 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.
- Sip on whisky and dance to live music with uniquely entertaining The Nest Collective.
- Celebrate Burns Night with an Epping Forest Burns Supper.
Traditional Burns Night dancing
- In previous years you could enjoy Scottish folk-dance tunes at a Burns Night Ceilidh in St Mark's Dalston Church in east London.
- Feel the spirit of Caledonia in a night filled with music, dance, spoken poetry and haggis at Primrose Hill Community Centre.
- Dance the night away, then refuel 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 2022 in London.