Pick a party from this round-up of Burns Night celebrations involving poetry, dinner and dancing to the honour of the Scottish Bard. All events take place on Saturday 25 January unless otherwise stated.
Ceilidhs for all
Reach for the Bunting Burns Night at Brady Arts Centre, E1. The Nest Collective’s spirited “bill ‘o fare” starts with a haggis supper with all the works followed by music from the Ceilidh Liberation Front, dancing, cocktails and spandex. Banquet & dancing tickets £30, prebook, 6pm
Burns Night Hootenanny at Netil 000 Hackney. Another alternative option, this Hootenanny takes place in a massive east London warehouse and includes Highland Games, a mobile cocktail bar on top of a rock ceilidh band and caller. Preparation comes in the form of Grannie Mac’s Highland Fancy Dance School. Dinner & dancing tickets £35+bkg (with vegetarian ticket option), prebook, 6.30-11.30pm
Burns Night at Albannach, Trafalgar Square. Known for its enormous whisky menu, there’s a six-course menu on offer, including three whisky tastings, the Selkirk Grace, piper and toasts, in two sittings. The first is on the ground floor at 6.30pm, followed by ceilidh dancing at 9.30pm. The second is upstairs at 8.30pm for those who just want to scoff and enjoy the music. Tickets £75, prebook, 6.30-11pm
Timorous Beasties Charity Ceilidh at Victory Services Club, W2. Join the Timorous Beasties (named for Burns’ poem, To A Mouse…) in honouring Rabbie Burns and raise some money for Arthritis Care along the way. This fun and informal ceilidh near Marble Arch is an all-dancing affair with a caller to guide you through the moves. Tickets £10, prebook, 8-11pm
Ceilidh Club Burns Night dos at Hammersmith Town Hall will be held on 17/18/24/25 January 2014 and 1 February. Each involves three energising hours of ceilidh dancing plus a brief stop to fuel up on “Warm-reekin’, rich” haggis, neeps, tatties (included in price) and whisky (not included in price!) These are always very popular so book now. Tickets £28.50/£15 +bkg in advance, prebook, get there early, 8pm
Burns Ceilidh + Wine Tasting at Vinopolis, SE1. Use seven wine tasting tokens to work your way round Vinopolis’ wine experience, which should get you in the mood for a spot of ceilidh dancing as band License to Ceilidh mix up modern beats with traditional tunes. No haggis here but stew and dumplings instead. Tickets £35, prebook. Wine tasting from 4pm, ceilidh at 8.30-11.30pm
Burns Club of London‘s Birthday Festival Dinner at the Caledonian Club is open to members and their guests. Enjoy an “excellent meal”, Address to the Haggis and two hours of ceilidh dancing in swanky surroundings. Tickets £85, prebook, 6.30pm-1am
Middle Temple’s annual Burns Night celebration is open to members of all Inns and Middle Temple Students. It’s sure to be a sumptuous spectacle as those barristers whirl around the historic hall. Tickets are £45 (non-dining), £95 (dining), 7pm-1.30am
The Rob Roy in Paddington welcomes ‘well behaved Sassenachs’ to drop by for their traditional celebration. A piper will be playing in the pub and the haggis will be piped in and addressed around 7pm before being stabbed with a knife and served up. However, you can get haggis in the Rob Roy (plus Scottish beers and Scotch whisky) any day you like. Free entry, just turn up, 7pm
Hootenanny Burns Night in Brixton promises live Celtic music, storming pipe and drums, hairy men and kilts. Free before 10pm, £3 after, 9pm-3am
Just looking for a Burns Supper? Here’s a round up of restaurants and bars offering haggis and whisky.