7 Bang-Up Burns Night Shindigs in London

Burns Night is one of the best knees-up in the calendar. Celebrate Scottish poet Rabbie Burns with bagpipes, ceilidhs, whiskey, renditions of Auld Lang Syne and slap-up feasts at one of these top celebrations…

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1 Ceilidh Club, Marylebone
Promising to be a night full of fun and ceremony, enjoy three hours of dancing to a live band. Don’t know the steps? Few do, and that’s part of the fun, and a caller will guide you through the glorious chaos, so no experience is necessary. A buffet style dinner of haggis, neeps and tatties will also be served following the piping in of the haggis. St Mary’s has a large dancefloor and a bar, should you want to continue the celebrations.
Date: Friday, January 21, doors 6.30pm, dancing 7.30pm-10.30pm
Tickets: From £33
Address: St Mary’s Church, Wyndham Place, W1H 1PQ
Website: ceilidhclub.com

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2 The Rubens Hotel, Victoria
Celebrate the life and work of the Scottish poet Robert Burns at The Rubens Hotel. The  evening starts with canapes and champagne while listening to Pipe Major Jim Motherwell, the 10th personal bagpiper to the Queen. Following this, indulge in a fine Scottish seven course meal with paired wines, which includes dishes such as Orkney king scallops, haggis neeps and tatties; and raspberry, cream and oat cranachan. Live music will play during dinner, and afterwards, enjoy Scottish dancers while sipping coffee, whiskey and enjoying petit fours.
Date: Friday, January 28 6.30pm start
Tickets: £295pp
Dress code: Black tie/traditional attire
Address: 39 Buckingham Palace Road, SW1W 0PS
Website: rubenshotel.com

3 Bourne & Hollingsworth Burns Night, Clerkenwell
Set against the backdrop of one of Clerkenwell’s most beautiful townhouse, guests are invited to mark the celebration with a sophisticated night of banqueting, Scotch whisky cocktails and ceilidh dancing. Don your finest tartan and head to the clubhouse’s cocktail bar for a whisky cocktail reception and a bagpiper. A five-course Scottish meal follows which not only includes haggis, but deep fried mars bars too. Courses can be paired with a dram or cocktail. The night wraps up with the Selkirk Grace and some ceilidh dancing. You can also attend as whisky tasting before the evening starts should you really want to get into the festivities.
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 7.30pm
Tickets: £60 per person or £90 with drinks pairing
Address: 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell EC1R 0HU
Website: bandhbuildings.com

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4 Boisdale, Belgravia & Canary Wharf
Scottish restaurant and music venue Boisdale is putting on a week long celebration at both its Belgravia and Canary Wharf venues. Whiskey will flow, and there will be a piper and an address to the haggis as well. Each night will feature live music as well, including The Rat Pack Live’s Stephen Triffitt singing Frank Sinatra; Nicola Emmanuelle and band celebrating the world’s best jazz singers; funk and soul collective The Flo Collective and ABBA MANIA.
Date: January 24-29; dinner and set times vary from 5pm
Tickets: From £79
Address: Boisdale of Belgravia – 15 Eccleston Street, London, SW1W 9LX;
Cabot Place, Canary Wharf, E14 4QT
Website: boisdale.co.uk

5 Burns Ceilidh Night & Supper, Balham
Ceilidh band Fiddle Paradiddle have a string of evenings planed for south London. The Scottish feast will be prepared by Wimbledon’s Julia’s Kitchen, and there’s as pop up bar serving local brews should you work up a thirst swinging and flinging yourself and others about.  Vegetarian and gluten free dining options are available, and you’ll nee a negative lateral flow test to come to the shin-dig.
Date: January 21-22, 28; 7pm-11pm
Tickets: £42.50
Address: St Thomas Church, Telford Avenue, Balham, SW2 4XW
Website: popupceilidh.co.uk

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6 Burns Night Cabaret Show & Supper, West End
Phoenix Arts Club is putting on a Burns Night celebration with a theatrical flair. A three-course meal will be served while some of Scotland’s best cabaret performers get on the stage to entertain you. Drag star Vanity von Glow hosts the evening that features the traditional bagpiper, poetry readings, a whisky toast to address the haggis and a ceilidh, and sword swallowing Snookie Mono, along with more acts to be announced.
Date: Tuesday, January 25, 7pm-11pm
Tickets: From £45
Address: Phoenix Arts Club, 1 Phoenix Street, WC2H 8BU
Website: phoenixartsclub.com

7 Galvin Restaurants, City & Russell Square
For a foodie celebration, Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin, have put together a classic Scottish feast at two of their venues. Galvin Bar & Grill at the Kimpton Fitzroy has a feast of “Cullen Skink” leek and haddock soup, glazed Highland beef rib, haggis neeps and tatties, followed by raspberry cranachan trifle or a fudge tablet for dessert prepared for you alongside a selection of premium whiskeys to try. At Galvin La Chapelle, there’s as seven-course tasting menu, which you can pair with whiskey or wine, and includes the likes of Scrabster wild turbot with langoustine emulsion and royal oscietra caviar; and Highland beef and haggis Wellington with neeps and tatties and wild mushrooms.
Date: Tuesday, January 25
Tickets: Galvin Bar & Grill £45; Galvin La Chapelle £145
Address: Galvin Bar & Grill:
1-8 Russell Square, Corner of Guilford Street and Russell Square, WC1B 5BE
Galvin La Chapelle: 35 Spital Square, Spitalfields, E1 6DY
Website: galvinrestaurants.com


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