What is Burns Night?

Burns Night

The Burns Supper is a Scottish life institution. The Burns Night is celebrated to remember the national Bard’s life and works. Suppers can vary from a casual get-together with friends to a large, formal dinner with all the trimmings. This running order includes all of the essential aspects for planning and structuring a Burns Supper that meets your needs.

Why do we celebrate Burns Night?

Robert Burns, a Scottish poet, and lyricist who became a national hero was born in 1759. In Scotland and around the UK, this night is commemorated with a traditional meal and music on the 25th of January. Basically, 25th of January is his birth anniversary. 

On this night, parties are held in many London restaurants and bars. These parties include haggis and tatties served with a tiny dram of Scottish whisky. Moreover, poetry readings, toasts, and bagpipe music are all part of the Burns Night celebrations before everyone joins in the ceilidh dancing.

Whether you want to dress out in your best tartan or not, there are many things to do in London, including whisky bars to full-fledged Scottish celebrations.

Burns Night

Iconic Events

  • Burns Night celebrations are held every year in Boisdale, a Scottish-themed mini-chain in London.
  • A three-hour evening consists of dancing, food, piping, and poetry. There you eat haggis and perfect your dance moves with the Ceilidh Club’s entire crew.
  • The black-tie Burns Night Supper at London Scottish House celebrates Burns in style.
  • Sipping whisky and live music performance at The Rhythm and Booze’s Project Burns Night Party. It is a multi-sensory experience presented by experts in all things whisky and gigs.
  • At Burns’ Ceilidh Night and Supper at St Thomas’ Church in Balham, dance the night away before refueling with Scottish specialties.
  • Selkirk Grace at Fortnum & Mason featured a four-course lunch and entertainment in honor of one of Scotland’s most famous sons’ life and achievements.
  • A Ceilidh in east London’s St Mark’s Dalston Church featured a Scottish folk-dance program.
  • Primrose Hill Community Center hosted a night of dance, music, spoken poetry, and haggis.
  • The Leicester Square Theater hosts the Festival Burns Night Comedy Gala.
  • Epping Forest Burns Supper to commemorate Burns Night.
  • Earth Hackney’s remix take on a Ceilidh had everyone fist-pumping all night.

Traditional Dance

  • Burns Night Ceilidhs in St Mark’s Dalston Church in east London has previously featured Scottish folk dance tunes.
  • Moreover, at Primrose Hill Community Center, feel the spirit of Caledonia in a night of dance, music, spoken poetry, and haggis.
  • During the Burns’ Ceilidh Night and Supper at St Thomas’ Church in Balham, dance the night away before refueling with Scottish specialties (including whisky-flavored sweets).
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Burns Night is celebrated with full zest and zeal. Burns Night 2021 had great fun and a lot of activities. This tradition will be continued and a lot of activities will be there in 2022 too.

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