Robert Burns Night

Celebrate Burns Night In London

Every January 25, Scotsmen gather to commemorate the birthday of one of Scotland’s most famous sons: Robert Burns. Also known as ‘Rabbie Burns, the Bard of Ayrshire’, the Scottish poet and lyricist, born in 1759, is considered a pioneer in the Romantic Movement and is remembered for his beautiful songs and poems such as Auld Lang Syne, A Red, Red Rose, Tam O’Shanter and Ae Fond Kiss among others.
A few years after the poet died in 1796, the tradition of a Burns Supper begun. Now, more than two centuries later, his birthday is celebrated nationwide. While you can expect lots of fun, the night begins on a semi-serious note.
Guests, dressed in kilts or at least a touch of tartan, gather to the sound of bagpipes. Then the the ritual begins, which centres on Scotland's national dish: haggis. This savoury concoction, containing sheep’s pluck (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet and various spices, is encased in the animal’s stomach. The delicacy is traditionally served with boiled and mashed ‘neeps and tatties’ (root vegetables), and a dram of whisky. Few dishes have their own poems - but the haggis has its very own, Address to a Haggis, which was written by Burns and read aloud. Then it is ceremonially sliced in two, and the meal begins. Burns suppers are now held all over the world, as a tribute to Robert Burn’s life and work.


  • In 2009, Robert Burns was voted the 'Greatest Scot' by the Scottish public. He beat national hero William Wallace (you may also know him as Hollywood’s Braveheart) and Alexander Fleming (who discovered penicillin).
  • Every New Year’s Eve, most countries in the English-speaking world welcome the new year by singing one of Robert Burns’s best-known works: Auld Lang Syne.
  • American President Abraham Lincoln was such a big fan of Burns’ poetry, that he was often heard to recite the poet's works from memory.  Here’s a sport you may never have heard of: Haggis hurling. That’s right, the idea is to ‘hurl’ it as far as possible from atop a platform (very often a whisky barrel). Careful though, it must still be edible after landing!
  • Burns’ famous Tam O’Shanter poem is said to have inspired pop legend Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

If you’re wondering what ingredients go into haggis, Tuesday 23rd January is the time to find out. In celebration of Scotland's famous poet, Mac & Wild is hosting a haggis-making masterclass.Enjoy a dram or two of one of the restaurant’s favourite whiskies, such as Balblair, haggis pops (haggis on a stick), and a haggis chieftain (the ceremonial dish) to take home!
WHEN: 6.30pm on Tuesday 23rd January 2018 (booking needed)
WHERE: Mac & Wild Devonshire Square, 9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN

Join Mac & Wild for a Whisky and Chocolate Pairing experience on Wednesday 24thJanuary as part of their Week of Burns celebrations. Taste four whiskies from the Dalmore distillery, expertly paired with four chocolates from the producers of the No.1 dark chocolate in the world: The Highland Chocolatier.
WHEN: 6.30pm on Wednesday 24th January 2018 (booking needed)
WHERE: Mac & Wild Devonshire Square, 9A Devonshire Square, London EC2M 4YN

The eccentric adventurer from Jules Verne’s famous novel, Around the World in Eighty Days, Phileas Fogg, welcomes you to his humble abode, tavern & gin parlour.
Get kilted up as Phileas and his household staff host a traditional Scottish soirée at which guests will be welcomed by bagpipers. There will be poetry recitals, Glenfiddich Scotch whisky and haggis pops. In true Scottish spirit, all household staff will be adorning kilts and sporrans, with guests engaged to take part in traditional dress.
WHEN: Thursday, 25th January 2018
WHERE: Mr Foggs Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD

The Gladwin Brothers will be celebrating Burns Night by offering diners Scottish specials fit for the bard himself at The Shed, Rabbit and Nutbourne restaurants. The array of delicacies will include one-off Haggis Sliders and Oliver Gladwin’s traditional Deep Fried homemade Mars Bar.
WHEN: Thursday, 25th January 2018
WHERE: Rabbit, 172 Kings Road, London SW3 4UP
The Shed, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, London W84RT
Nutbourne, 35-37 Parkgate Road, London SW11 4NP

Battersea Park will echo with Scottish airs. A bagpiper, will welcome guests, gathering for the procession through the park to Pear Tree Cafe, their whisky sour hip flasks in tow. The Cafe, with beautiful views across the boating lake, is organising a traditional candlelit Burns Night supper on 25th January, complete with whisky cocktails, music and the address to a haggis.
WHEN: Thursday, 25th January 2018 (meet at 7pm in the car park)
WHERE: The Pear Tree Cafe, Lakeside Cafe, Battersea Park SW11 4NJ


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