Burns Night: Where To Do The Haggis Thing

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Burns Night: Where To Do The Haggis Thing

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It is Burns' night this Sunday, which means haggis, whisky and many recitations of Rabbie Burns' Address to a Haggis. Here's how to do it, the traditional way, without getting the sleeper train to Edinburgh for your fix of Scotch fun.

The Boisdale is having an ultraditional Burns' week with its special menu and specially booked highland piper at both its Belgravia and Bishopsgate restaurants. Book in advance for a party of eight or more and for the price, you'll get Johnny Walker whisky, bagpipes and the speaker will address the haggis at your table.

Or there's Burns' night at the Finborough Theatre, with a greater emphasis on the poetry and 'event' provided by performance group Live Canon. Returns only at this point but get on the waiting and list and you might get lucky.

Or a whisky masterclass at Vinopolis on Monday 26 January with a special Burns night menu to follow at the Brew Wharf restaurant.

Or get down to Fulham Town Hall this evening for a bit of traditional Scottish dancing and a buffet.

Or you could stay at home and improvise the tartan, booze, Scottish literature and least delectable bits of an animal: put on a kilt, open a miniature of Bells and recite bits of Trainspotting in your best Wegie accent to a frankfurter to save you from going out. But as Rabbie himself would say: 'If ye wish her gratfu prayer, Gie her a haggis!'

Last Updated 23 January 2009