Where To Celebrate Burns Night In London 2011

By Lindsey Last edited 87 months ago
Where To Celebrate Burns Night In London 2011

With Twelfth night past it's time to dig out your tartan, invest in some good whisky and sweat out the festive excess with a bout of ceilidh dancing. Here's a selection of Burns Night events around London, in date order.

The Burns Club of London must surely run the best Burns Night in town, with 140 of them under its belt. This year's formal dinner on Saturday 22nd January at The Caledonian Club, Halkin Street SW1 features eminent speakers for the traditional toasts and poems, songs, Scottish dancing and recitations plus 2 hours of lively ceilidh dancing for everyone. Open to members and guests, tickets are £75 and you should fill in the booking form sharpish.

'Lairds and Lassies' are invited to don black tie with a twist of tartan for a night reeling at the Royal Commonwealth Society, Trafalgar Square on Saturday 22nd January. This fundraiser in memory of LAFF campaigner, Hannah Barrett, offers tickets at £30, to include live ceilidh band and caller, an Elderbubble cocktail on arrival plus canapes, 6.30-11pm.

Hackney Cyclists invite you to their 15th annual fundraising Burns Night Supper at Sir Thomas Abney School, Stoke Newington N16 on Saturday 22nd January. Dinner, party pieces and recitations proceed ceilidh dancing to local band The Muckers. You are invited to "let off a bit of steam in the dark days of winter". Dinner and dance ticket £20. From 7pm till midnight.

Brixton Hootananny lays on the Burns Night Superhoot headlined by Scottish band Schiehallion with pipes bodran, drums, accordian fiery and vocal Scots. The Effras also play, ensuring the Londonist interests of trains, lost rivers and living in SE19 are also catered for with a dash of burlesque and rock n roll too. Saturday 22 January from 9pm-3am, free.

The London Hibs Supporters take over the huge Penderel's Oak pub at Holborn on Saturday 22nd January with "top notch neeps and tatties" plus a coachload of ex-players and staff from the club. You must book in advance and it's probably best if your'e a genuine Hibs supporter. Check the forum out for ticket details.

Aside from their festival dinner, the Burns Club of London lay a wreath annually at the statue of Robert Burns in Victoria Embankment Gardens on 25th January at 12.30pm.

Greens Restaurant and Oyster Bar on Cornhill, EC3V 3ND punts a fine Burns Night Supper menu for Tuesday 25th January. Book now: 2 courses are £32.50 but don't forget you'll need to fork out for your whisky too.

If laughing is more your thing than prancing, you need the Burns Night Comedy Gala at Leicester Square Theatre on Tuesday 25th January. The Scottish connection is via the Magners Glasgow International Comedy Festival of which this is a meaty and mighty showcase. Acts confirmed include Robin Ince, Josie Long, Arthur Smith and more. Tickets £13.50, show starts 8pm.

Angelus Restaurant on Bathurst Street, W2 asks you to 'haggle for a haggis' auctioning off its Chef's Table for a special Burns Night menu on Tuesday 25th January.

Gorgeous Middle Temple host a Highland dress or black tie Burns Night Ball on Saturday 29th January from 7pm. You could do the whole shebang, drink Champers and dine in style (£95) or be a 'non-diner' (£45) and join the party at 9.30pm for music and dancing till 1am. If you're truly afeard of the ceilidh steps, "Master Sharp has kindly agreed to host his dancing lessons again on Monday 24 January in Hall at 6pm. Tickets cost £10 each and include a one course supper and glass of wine." A chance to get a real flavour of what it's like inside the Temple? Download the quaint Word doc application form and try your luck.

Catering for the crowds that throng to their club nights, The Ceilidh Club run a string of Burns Night shindigs at Hammersmith Town Hall, W6. These always sell out so look sharp: Friday 21st, Saturday 22nd, Friday 28th, Saturday 29th January and Saturday 5th February. Doors at 7pm, dancing at 8pm - get there early so you don't get caught queueing for the door or the cloakroom. Haggis, neeps and tatties for all on paper plates. Tickets £25 (£13 concessions).

Big Scottish restaurant The Albannach at Trafalgar Square is still finalising its Burns Supper menu - details follow this week so check the website.

What have we missed? Let us know about Burns Night events happening in your locale in the comments.

Last Updated 05 January 2011

Rambling Restaurant

Following last year's rollicking celebration of Scottish poet Robert Burns, Rambling Restaurant (home & pop-up supperclub in Abi's Camden Town living room) is starting out on the hunt for another wee beastie, otherwise known as the haggis.

On the menu we have:
Cock-a-leekie soup with pickled prunes & homemade soda bread
Poetry & the ritual of the haggis
Homemade haggis, neaps and tatties (oh go on then... vegetarian haggis available on request)
Milk-battered, deep fried Mars Bars with cranachan icecream (raspberries, whiskey, toasted oatmeal, honey & cream)

BYO wine, whiskey & tartan. Book places here...

for Tuesday 25th January: http://www.wegottickets.com/ev...
or here for Wednesday 26th January: http://www.wegottickets.com/ev...

Happy New Year!
Abi x


Looking for someone to read "Address to a Haggis" for your Burns Supper on January 25?
Try this free Android app: http://www.scotapps.com/2011/0...

Lindsey Berthoud

Just heard about another charity Burns do:

to be held in the impressive 19th Century St Paul's Church in Islington, where a traditional 3 course meal will be served in a banquet of candle light for 120 people. The evening will include entertainment and a whisky toast followed by ceilidh dancing provided by the amazing Cut A Shine, all for £25, all proceeds going to Amnesty International and Newbury Child Development Centre.

The bare facts-

Charity Burns Night Supper
St Paul's Church, Islington, N1 2QH
1900 - 2300
120 candlelit banquet serving traditional 3 course meal in 19th century Church, Whisky toast and entertainment followed by ceilidh dancing provided by Cut A Shine


Lindsey Berthoud

Ooh the Alma in N1's got whisky tasting and Scottish scran on the go all week


Scottish harp master Magdalena Reising plays and sings jazz interpretations of Burns. Glaswegian sax legend Bobby Wellins joins her for the special evening performance. They are accompanied by an improv quartet as well as native poets.
Show 8:30pm Tuesday 25 January at PizzaExpress Jazz Club Soho


Anyone looking for a piper for a Burns Night event? Try @bagpipereuan on Twitter...

Jonas Mcferreira

A slightly more lively twist to Burns Night would be the Urban Burns!  http://urbanburns.co.uk/

Hilton London Olympia

Society Bar & Restaurant in the Hilton London Olympia is doing a Burns Night menu. The prix-fixe menu is £28 and features all of the Scottish traditional dishes. For more details or to view the menu, visit: http://ow.ly/d/Ztg