Burns Night is celebrated every year on the birth anniversary of Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet and lyricist who became a national icon of Scotland, on 25 January. Born in 1759, Burns was one of Scotland’s greatest legends. Burns Night 2014 London will be celebrated with equal fervour as is always done in London. The night usually involves a supper, Scottish poetry reading and a toast. This special event is held in many London restaurants and bars so that people can feel the Scottish spirit without having to go to Scotland.
Most London hotels will also be celebrating Burns Night 2014 London which is usually a very popular event and as such many hotels sell tickets for entry in advance and not on the door. The event includes a lot of dancing and many special dishes such as Haggis (vegetarian or meat), Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) are served in buffet style.
There are a lot of options of how you can celebrate Burns Night 2014 in London such as enjoying a banquet at Boisdale of Belgravia, a lovely Scottish restaurant that offers a choice of three set menus, featuring four courses of the best Scottish ingredients and a fantastic whisky selection. If you are interested in Scottish country dancing, you can join the Nest Collective at St John-at-Hackney Church. If you wish to enjoy a more sophisticated and slightly more expensive celebration, you can go in for a five-course Burns Night Supper in the Gallery restaurant at Fortnum & Mason. If you wish to add some comedy into your celebrations, you can attend The Glasgow International Comedy Festival at London’s Leicester Square Theatre on the night of 24 January.