Planning on celebrating Burn’s Night? Here’s our handy guide…

man playing bagpipe in kilt burn's nightBurn’s Night falls on Monday 25th January this year but that won’t stop the celebrations taking place. If you’re looking for a night with a Scottish flair and great atmosphere, then check out our handy guide so that you can celebrate Scotland’s national treasure in style.

So what is Burn’s Night?

Burn’s Night is typically celebrated on or around 25th January and commemorates the life of Robert Burns, a Scottish poet most notable for his work, ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

Burn’s Night is traditionally celebrated with traditional music, food and drink, and poetry readings. Think drams, haggies and tatties!

Want a traditional Burn’s Night?

For those who want a truly traditional Burn’s Night this year, then a trip to Scotland is a necessity! Why not make a long weekend of it and celebrate like a local?

Scotland’s big cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh will be holding celebrations all across town. Enjoy a Burns Supper at Whiski Bar in Edinburgh and taste cock-a-leekie soup, haggis and cranachan whilst being serenaded by a Scottish fiddle band.

Looking for something extra special? Then a night aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia is perfect! There is a four-course menu on offer served by the Britannia’s butlers; traditional music played by the ship’s musicians; an ‘Address to the Haggis’ and finally a whiskey tasting session. The evening promises a red carpet entrance with a drinks and canapés reception.

What’s on in London?

Looking to stay a little closer to home? The city is the place for you!

There’s nothing like celebrating Burn’s Night with a good whiskey. Luckily, the capital is full of stylish and sleek bars. The Whiskey Bar at The Athenaeum is situated in fashionable Piccadilly and the intimate bar has over 300 varieties of whiskey on offer, served with cheese pairings.

If you are looking for fine, Scottish food then why not try Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s Burns Night Celebrations & Pipers Gallore event? Boisdale have earned a name for themselves as one of the best Scottish restaurants in London, with venues in Canary Wharf, Belgravia and Bishopsgate.

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Alison is the Digital Content Editor for WeAreTheCity. She has a BA Honours degree in Journalism and History from the University of Portsmouth. She has previously worked in the marketing sector and in a copywriting role. Alison’s other passions and hobbies include writing, blogging and travelling.

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