Burns Night London 2017

What is Burns Night London 2017 all about?

Burns Night London is a real highlight of the year. It’s a chance to celebrate the life of Scotland’s National Poet – Robert Burns in a way he would have wanted – eating, drinking, dancing, piping and poetry! Burns wrote some of the world’s most famous songs and poetry including Auld Lang Syne and we celebrate his birthday on the 25th January 1759.

So how does the Ceilidh Club celebrate Burns Night London 2017?

We’ll have our traditional 3 hours of dancing to a wonderful band and caller. If you have never danced before then don’t worry, there’s a caller who will let you know the steps. You’ll pick them up in no time and part of the fun is learning them. At half time the haggis is piped in and Burns’ poem – the Address to the Haggis is recited. If anyone wants to recite any other Burns poetry or songs then let us know. During the evening Haggis, Neeps (turnips) and Tatties (potatoes) are served buffet style. There is meat and vegetarian versions available.

What’s the running order for the night?

Doors open at 7PM and haggis neeps and tatties is served buffet style between 7:15ish and 10ish. The dancing starts at 8PM and at half time (about 9:20) the haggis is piped in and there is the address to the haggis. The dancing then goes on until 11PM. We all end with Auld Lang Syne.

How much are tickets ?

Tickets are £34.50 full price and £22 concession. Concessions are students, unemployed and retired. Please bring proof of status with you. There will be no door tickets for Burns night so please book as early as possible. The night often sells out. You can buy tickets here

What should I wear?

There is no dress code but tartan is always appreciated and people tend to dress up a bit more for Burns night. Wear something comfy for dancing. You won’t look out of place whatever you wear – some people dress up in the full highland gear and posh frocks, others come in their work clothes. If you make a bit of an effort you’ll appreciate it – and so will everyone else.

Our celebrations will be held at Hammersmith Town Hall on the 20th, 21st, 27th, 28th, Jan and the 3rd and 4th Feb 2017. There’s no better way to get rid of those winter blues than 3 hours of dancing, haggis eating, poetry and drinking with friends old and new.

If you would like to recite a Burns poem or song then please get in touch.