Burns Night is a traditional Scottish celebration marking the birthday of poet, lyricist and national icon Robert Burns, born 25th January 1759. Festivities will be taking place across London, with restaurants and bars serving haggis, neeps and tatties with a wee dram of whisky, so dig out your best tartan as we bring you our recommended events.
Boisdale – Various locations
Join Scottish themed chain Boisdale for the best annual Burns celebration this side of the border. From Frank and Dean’s Hootenanny in Canary Wharf and Soul Classics with Wayne Hernandez in Belgravia to Speakeasy Blues in Bishopsgate and Jazz classics in Mayfair, there’s something for all tastes at Boisdale.
Fortnum and Mason – The Royal Exchange
Fortnum and Mason’s Burns Inspired Dinner takes place at their City outpost on Thursday 23rd January. The Royal Exchange’s glittering central courtyard plays host to a 4-course menu of traditional and delicious Scottish dishes including including Fortnum's Piccadilly Smoked Salmon with Soda Bread and Haggis, Neeps and Arran Victory Tatties with Whisky Sauce.
Rotunda Bar and Restaurant – King’s Cross
Head towards North London on Friday 24th January for an evening of whisky tasting with Glenlivet, paired with Scottish classics. A Glenlivet ambassador will be on hand throughout the evening, as you banish those January blues with a selection of blended and single malt Scottish whiskies.
The Ceilidh Club – Porchester Town Hall
A Ceilidh is the name for a traditional Scottish or Irish gathering and London’s Ceilidh Club hold their annual Burns celebrations at Porchester Town Hall on 24th, 25th, 31st January and 1st February. With 3 hours of dancing lined up, fear not if you have two left feet, as their wonderful caller will be there to assist with the steps. Haggis, neeps and tatties are, of course, served buffet style throughout the evening.
Burns Night Comedy Gala – Leicester Square Theatre
Round off the weekend with laughter on Monday 27th January as a special Scottish line-up takes to the stage as a preview to the Whyte and Mackay International Comedy Festival taking place in Glasgow in March.
Don’t forget to book your Winter Warmer stay at Corus Hotel Hyde Park with 12% off, free breakfast and a warm chocolate brownie with ice cream on arrival.
The Year of the Rat is approaching, and we look forward to the Chinese New Year celebrations at Corus Hotels starting on 25th January. Staying with us then? Take a look at some of the ways you get involved and mark the occasion.
London’s festivities are the largest outside of Asia as Chinatown, Trafalgar Square and the West End play host to a spectacular parade, stage shows, celebration zones and delicious food on Sunday 26th January. Stay at Corus Hotel Hyde Park, just a short tube journey away from the celebrations or base yourself just a 30-minute train ride outside of the city at Burnham Beeches Hotel.
Join 30,000 others from 11:30am-4:00pm on 26th January in the Chinatown area of the city in and around the Arcadian Centre in Hurst Street. Suitable for all ages, indulge in authentic Chinese street food and enjoy vibrant Chinese music from artists across multiple stages. Stay at The Regency Hotel in Solihull, a half an hour drive away from the city centre.
Events are taking place across the weekend, including Manchester’s famous red lanterns, a Giant Golden Dragon in St Anne’s Square, live performances and the legendary Dragon Parade from 12:30pm in St Peter’s Square outside the Central Library, finishing in the city’s Chinatown. Stay at The Hillcrest Hotel in Widnes, just under an hour’s car journey away.
New Year festivities on Merseyside will also be taking place on 26th January, with Chinese lanterns going up around the city in the build up to the big day. Check out Europe’s oldest Chinatown as traditional Chinese culture meets the modern age featuring everything from street, stage and musical acts and aerial demonstrations to family workshops and the iconic Chinese dragon. Don’t forget to sample gifts, souvenirs and food at the market on George Street. Stay at The Hillcrest Hotel in Widnes less than 30 minutes away.
Nothing gets the Corus Hotel Hyde Park team into the Christmas spirit like Winter Wonderland. London’s spectacular festive destination is back for 2019 and is right on our doorstep. Read on to find out why you need to visit this year...
1. The Giant Wheel
Winter Wonderland’s giant wheel is officially the biggest transportable wheel in the world. Relax above the crowds below and catch breath taking views of the capital’s skyline beyond the park’s treetops from 70m in the air. See for miles with an early morning spin, or ride at night with the park illuminated by the thousands of lights below. Beat the queues and purchase a Fast Track pass or guarantee your privacy with a private pod for up to six people.
2. Paddington on Ice
A new show for 2019, everyone’s favourite bear comes to London in a 45 minute show that’s sure to entertain all the family. Already a success in Germany this is the first time UK fans can see the show as you join Paddington on his big adventure travelling by ship from the Peruvian jungle to London.
3. Mr Men and Little Miss: The Show
Another family friendly show, this time from all your favourite Mr Men and Little Miss characters as they come to life at Winter Wonderland. Critically acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, earning five star reviews, this 45 minute show is the perfect length for even the youngest of children.
4. Comedy Club
Back by popular demand after its first year in 2018, laugh out loud at the Comedy Club, Thursday – Saturday from 9pm until 21st December. Stellar headline acts include the talented Marcus Brigstocke, Mock the Week regular Milton Jones, and Britain’s Got Talent finalist, Lost Voice Guy.
5. Cirque Berserk
Performed in the UK’s largest circus tent, the MegaDome, thrill seekers have to see this year’s new show, Freefall, combining off-the-chart thrills with mind blowing stunts. The highlight has to be the legendary Globe of Death with motorcyclists reaching up to 60mph inside a giant steel cage.
There’s so much more to discover at Hyde Park Winter Wonderland this year. Make a weekend of it and take advantage of Corus Hotel Hyde Park’s Weekend Bliss offer. Book now for 15% off your stay, free breakfast and we’ll even give you a complimentary glass of prosecco on arrival!
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