Burns Baby Burns - East London's Burns Night

St Johns at Hackney Church

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18:30 - 00:00
Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Live Music

Following the phenomenal sell-out success of 2015, Burns Baby Burns returns bolder and yet more splendid for 2016

In the resplendent glory of St. John's at Hackney church an immersive night bedecked in tartan and tam o'shanters awaits, where whisky and poetry flows and the rafters and floorboards are thumdersomely shaken, all in glorious celebration of world's third most statued man, Scotland's answer to the lord almighty, Robert Burns. 

Hosted by Scottish comedian, bard and wild man Phil Kay, giant haggis will be piped, fire danced, drams raised, sporrans polished, lassies toasted, dosies do'ed, willow's stripped and homage paid in the most fantastical of East London styles to Rabbie Burns. A multitude of toasts of fine scotch, followed by a three course sit down banquet on tables as far as the eye can see. The clearing of the deserts sees the Ceilidh Liberation Front take centre stage, for the wildest most joyful ceilidh south of South Lanarkshire.

Bring your squeeze, bring your kilt, bring your granny, bring your dancing shoes, Burns Baby Burns invites you to celebrate Scotland's finest in some style, right in the heart of Hackney.

Dinner tickets include a 3 course haggis supper (vegetarian option available), a dram of whisky, full Burns spectacle (and then some) and ceilidh (thats raucous Scottish Dancing - no experience necessary) with the Ceilidh Liberation Front.



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St Johns at Hackney Church
Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, E5 0PD

Nearest station:
Hackney Central (Rail)


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Burns Baby Burns

A collaboration between London's folk hub The Nest Collective and immersive event raconteur Adam Taffler (Soak, Shhh Dating, Soiree in a Cemetery)


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Burns Baby Burns was a terrific night for me. The people at the event were fantastic, from the strangers- who became friends at the table, to the many many people I danced with that night, some gracefully, some klutzily, but all with wild smiles on their faces. I will definitely be going back again next year. Please say you'll be doing it again.
16 Feb 2016 by Eric

Bloody amazing night! SO much fun. The atmosphere was so friendly and everyone was having such fun with friends and chatting to new ones. I couldn't stop smiling and laughing all evening!! Not a moment went by where I wasn't entertained by something or someone wonderful. The price was fantastic... 3 course meal, drink, entertainment, poetry,a band, dancing, toasts,a huge grand church venue.... all in London as well! Amazing! I can't wait until next year. Me and my friends are so ready practicing our Scottish dancing (I was terrible) just SO much fun. Burns would be proud.
15 Feb 2016 by Lois

Think 'Fawlty Towers do an event' and you might get the picture... It was complete shambles and extremely over-priced. The food was truly dreadful and what was passed off as entertainment last night was even more so. The only thing vaguely authentic was how cold the venue was - we are from Glasgow so do know. I wouldn't even give it one star - total rip off! quarius visited St Johns at Hackney Church on 18 Jan 2016
24 Jan 2016 by quarius

fantastic last year, really funny host and great atmos. Fave bit was dancing with Scots, they really know how to do it! Watch for the piping and fire when procession of the haggis comes through. Good food, good drink and dance, deff going again.
11 Jan 2016 by Adam
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