Sure, London is not in Scotland, but the capital is still up for celebrating ol’ Rabbie Burn on Burns Night. And we’re not shy about our Scottish connections down south. Any excuse for a good time. So, dig out your tartan and get the floors shaking with our guide to Burns Night in London.
Every January 25th, Burns Night is a celebration of Scotland’s famous and favourite poet Robert Burns, born 25th January 1759. Remembering Robert Burns began in 1801, just five years after his death, when friends gathered for a haggis supper in his cottage in Alloway and recited his works in his honour. It started an annual kilted knees up with plenty of whiskey, highland dancing and impressive Burns suppers.
Don your tartan for the annual Bourne & Hollingsworth Burns Night London party in Clerkenwell. Your hosts pull out all the stops to bring you a banquet, ceilidh and plenty of whiskey cocktails, with a piper to welcome the haggis.
For a truly unique Burns Night in London, step aboard The Golden Hinde, the Tudor galleon docked near London Bridge. Be ready for some fine whiskey tasting and tuck into a traditional Scottish meal of haggis, neeps (turnips) and tatties (potatoes).
Finesse your dance steps at the Ceilidh Club’s annual Burns Night dance. The dance and buffet is usually held St Mary’s in Marylebone, which has a huge dancefloor so you won’t be tripping over others (although you may still trip over your own feet). You learn the moves as you go, so previous experience isn’t needed. There’s live music, an Address to the Haggis and dancing for all the family.
The Nest Collective’s house band, Ceilidh Liberation Front, brings highland dance moves to Paddington with an annual Burns Night London party at the Grand Junction. Fast-paced, rebellious and a lot of breathless fun, this is an energetic Robert Burns homage bringing piles of Scottish energy to London.
That’s eating, dancing and drinking covered. But for cosy nights near all the Burns Night fun, there’s no better choice than one of our London Thistle hotels. Stay in Thistle Hotel Hyde Park Kensington Gardens, Thistle City Barbican or choose a room in one of our other London hotels.