Tartan at the ready — the 263rd birthday of Scotland's national poet is fast approaching and you can expect some pretty lively parties going on until the wee hours. We've compiled the very best places to raise a dram and otherwise pay tribute to good old Rabbie Burns on Burns Night in London this year.
At time of writing, these events are going ahead but are subject to alteration or cancellation as the coronavirus situation evolves. Not comfortable going out? Scroll down for ways to celebrate at home.
Burns night events in London
Burns Night with The Ceilidh Club
Eating, drinking, dancing, and piping are all promised at The Ceilidh Club's Burns Night celebrations, spread across two weekends.
Traditional Scottish fare is served up (vegan and veggie options available) at the start of the evening to keep your energy up for twirling. There's the traditional Address to the Haggis too — best brush up on your Selkirk Grace, then. The event finishes with a rendition of Auld Lang Syne.
Burns Night 2022 with the Ceilidh Club at St Mary's Marylebone. Tickets £43 per person. 21, 22, 28 and 29 January.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Burns Night banquet
Bourne & Hollingsworth's Clerkenwell townhouse hosts one heck of a Burns Night banquet. Celebrate the life of Robert Burns with a sophisticated night of whisky cocktails, ceilidh dancing and banqueting. Begin with a whisky cocktail, accompanied by a piper, before tucking into a five-course meal of delicacies from north of the border, followed by the Selkirk Grace, Auld Lang Syne and ceilidh dancing.
Burns Night at Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings. Tickets £90 per person. 25 January 2022.
Burns Night at La Fromagerie, Marylebone
Marylebone cheese specialist La Fromagerie hosts a special Burns Night feast. Tuck into a special wine and whiskey paired five course menu featuring some classic Scottish dishes (full menu here). Things begin with the haggis being traditionally piped in by a classic rendition of ‘Ode to a Haggis’ followed by a whiskey toast.
Burns Night at La Fromagerie. £75 per person, 25 January 2022.
Burns Night dinner at Carousel London
Foodie hub Carousel London hosts some of the best of Scotland’s chefs for Burn’s Night, including Sam Yorke and Tomás Gormley of fine-dining Heron, Amy Elles of seaside Harbour Café, Shaun Haggerty from Glasgow’s Epicures and David Smith of the boutique bolthole, The Dipping Lugger. Each chef prepares a different course of the venue's Burns Night supper, showcasing the best of Scottish fare from Fife to Ullapool and Edinburgh.
Burns Night at Carousel London. Keep an eye on the website for further details. 25 January 2022.
Burns Night at The Sun Tavern
Bethnal Green's The Sun Tavern hosts whisky brand Benriach this Burns Night, for a thoroughly Scottish shindig. Sup your way through the cocktail menu, created by Benriach exclusively for the event, and tuck into haggis bites from Scottish street food cafe Deeney's. Entertainment takes the form of live Scottish music from Kevin Ritchie, the traditional Address to the Haggis, and renditions of a couple of Burns' works.
Burns Night at The Sun Tavern. 25 January 2022.
Burns Night menu at Firmdale Hotels
A three-course menu is served at five restaurants across the Firmdale Hotels group in London, for one night only. It consists of seasonal Cullen skink made with smoked haddock, potatoes and leeks, followed by haggis, neeps and tatties, served with a warming dram of whisky. For dessert, it's poached rhubarb cranachan with layers of rhubarb, yoghurt, oats and honey.
Burns Night menu at Ham Yard Bar & Restaurant, Brumus Bar & Restaurant at Haymarket Hotel, Oscar Bar & Restaurant at Charlotte Street Hotel, Brasserie Max at Covent Garden Hotel, and The Potting Shed at Dorset Square Hotel. £50 per person, book direct with your chosen venue. 25 January 2022.
Burns Night at Boisdale of Canary Wharf and Belgravia
Dubbing itself 'Scotland's unofficial embassy in London', it's no surprise that Boisdale is going big for Burns Night at its Canary Wharf and Belgravia restaurants (Mayfair and Bishopsgate venues remain closed for the time being).
Book ahead to tuck into a special Burns Night menu, centred around the Haggis, and accompanied by dishes such as pickled Orkney herrings, cock-a-leekie and cullen skink fish cake. Plenty of whisky is available too, naturally.
Burns Night at Boisdale. 25-27 January (Belgravia) and 25-26 January (Canary Wharf).
Burns Night at Barge East
Hackney's floating bar Barge East gets in on the Burns Night action with two evenings of celebrations. Tuck into a four-course Scottish supper including a dram of whisky, and enjoy live music, poetry and a toast to the haggis.
Burns Night at Barge East. From £98 per person. 25 and 28 January 2022
Burns Night aboard The Golden Hinde
Step aboard the dry-docked ship for an evening with The Scotch Malt Whisky Society. Tartan attire is encouraged as you move around the ship, sampling different malt whiskies at various tasting sessions. Haggis, neeps and tatties are served to soak it all up, and entertainment comes courtesy of bagpiper Hector Munro.
Burns Night aboard The Golden Hinde. £60 per person. 28 January 2022.
Burns Night with The Nest Collective
Folk music events company The Nest Collective hosts two Burns Night ceilidhs (plus a special family-friendly event — see below). Both take place at Grand Junction, an arts centre in a former church in Paddington, and feature live music from the Ceilidh Liberation Front band, plenty of dancing, and you can buy a haggis dinner or a dram (or two) of whisky on the night as well.
Burns Night with The Nest Collective. From £13 per person, 28-29 January 2022.
Burns Family Ceilidh
Looking for somewhere to celebrate with the whole family? The Nest Collective's Burns Family Ceilidh is open to all ages, whether you know what you're doing on the dance floor or not. The Ceilidh Liberation Front perform live as you grasp the steps. It's a relaxed dress code too.
Burns Family Ceilidh At Grand Junction, Paddington. £10 adult/£5 child, 29 January 2022.
Burns Night charity ceilidh
Charity Refugees at Home hosts a Burns Night party to raise money for its work connecting refugees in need of somewhere to stay with people who have a spare room.
Head to Hoxton for a night of haggis, neeps, tatties, and plenty of dancing, accompanied by a live band. Don't worry if you don't know the ceilidh steps — a caller is on hand to talk you through it as you go. Tartan and kilts encouraged.
Burns Night charity ceilidh at St John the Baptist Church, Hoxton. £50 per person, 29 January 2022.
The Country Soul Sessions Burns Night Special
Regular live music night The Country Soul Sessions hosts a Burns Night special at The Spice of Life in Soho.
Expect live music from special guests Black*Scarr, The Band From County Hell, FollowTheCrows, Louise Loft and Michael Dunnigan, as well as poetry readings and a traditional Burns Night meal of haggis, neeps & tatties (included in the ticket price, veggie option available).
The Country Soul Sessions Burns Night Special. Tickets £28.34 per person. 30 January 2022.
How to celebrate Burns Night 2022 at home
Burns Night Box from All In A Box
Roast delivery specialists All In A Box offer a special Burns Night Box, delivered to your door so you can get a taste of Scotland without leaving home — and they've teamed up with Dewar's whisky for a boozy twist.
Tuck into haggis scotch eggs paired with a sweet chilli dip infused with Irn Bru, jerk chicken with neeps, tatties and plantain mash, paired with complimentary cocktails including a Scottish inspired take on a Manhattan and a Cranachan Highball cocktail
Burns Night Box, available for nationwide delivery. £70, available to preorder from 10 January 2022.
La Fromagerie Menu Kit
In addition to its in-restaurant shindig (featured above), La Fromagerie is offering a Burns Night menu kit for home delivery, allowing you to prepare your Burns Night feast yourself. It includes cock-a-leekie soup with whisky-laced prunes, whisky-cured salmon & Caboc (a Scottish cheese), haggis, neeps & tatties, Scottish cheese plate & oatcake, and Typsy Laird (a Scottish trifle).
Burns Night supper from La Fromagerie. Available for collection or delivery. From £40.
Burns Night online with The Nest Collective
As well as its three in-person ceilidh events, The Nest Collective hosts an online celebration of Burns Night, which anyone can join in with from home.
Clear space for a dancefloor in your living room, and enjoy live broadcast music by the Ceilidh Liberation Front band, live on YouTube, as you join in with your own take on the ceilidh. Whip up your own Burns Night supper to enjoy afterwards — or order in one of the Burns Night Boxes featured above.
Online Burns Night. Donations encouraged, 25 January 2022.
Burns Big Night In 2022
Anyone anywhere can take place in the Burns Big Night In, an online event brought about when Covid lockdowns and restrictions meant that in-person Burns Night events couldn't happen in 2021. It's back for 2022, hosted by radio DJ Edith Bowman and raising money for the National Trust for Scotland.
Enjoy music, song and poetry, streamed live from Burns Cottage in Ayrshire, the cottage where Robert Burns was born, which now acts as a museum.
Burns Big Night in 2022. From £18 per household, 22 January 2022.