Where To Celebrate Burns Night In London

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Where To Celebrate Burns Night In London

Don tartan, say the Selkirk Grace, pipe in the haggis, recite a poem, toast with whisky and do some ceilidh dancing to mark Robbie Burns' birthday this month.

Scottish restaurants Boisdale of Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Canary Wharf are getting in there early with their Burns Celebration on Monday 16 January. Expect all the traditional stops pulled out with a piper and a bloke in period costume stabbing the haggis at your table. Set menus from £42-69 per person.

Scottish Ale Week should get you in the mood for Burns revelry at the White Horse in Parson's Green from Friday 20 January. They're also serving up a traditional Burns supper menu in the pub on 25 January and upstairs there's a special beer and food matching event, including an address to the haggis (£45, please book).

The Ceilidh Club runs a string of Burns Night ceilidhs at Hammersmith Town Hall on 20, 21, 27, 28 January and 4 February. Expect a slap up Burns Supper (dollops on paper plates) and a bar selling passable whisky but these events are all about the dancing. Get there early, put your coat in the cloakroom and get on the floor (tickets £13-25).

Take a tasty Scottish tour of London with Tastour's Robbie Burn's Haggis and Whisky fuelled Birthday Celebration on Saturday 21 January from 1.45pm (£5-15).

Join the Burns Club of London to take part in an elegant and old school black tie ball at the Caledonian Club with a traditional Burns Supper, reciters, toasts and ceilidh dancing on Saturday 21 January.

Friends of Tate South Lambeth Library throw a 'pre-Burns Night Party' on Monday 23 January with free Scots culture, including haggis, neeps and tatties and news about the future of the library, from 7pm.

The Glasgow International Comedy Festival Gala provides laughs for Burns Night on Wednesday 25 January at Leicester Square Theatre. Will the not very Scottish Stewart Lee and Robin Ince kilt up? Book to find out (tickets £14.50).

The most Scottish pub in London, the Rob Roy at Paddington will celebrate, as is traditional, with their Piper, Mr. Dave Brooks, playing at the pub and around 7pm, the haggis will be piped in and addressed, before being decimated and distributed to everyone. All are welcome, including 'well behaved Sassenachs'.

Albannach, the upmarket Scottish restaurant and bar off Trafalgar Square, hosts two sittings of a 5 course Burns Supper (including Tipsy Laird Trifle) on 25 January — one at 6.30 for 7pm (£70 per person) and another at 7.45 for 8.15pm (£85 per person) with poetry, piper and all that too.

Vinopolis throws an extravaganza of a Burns Night Ceilidh on 25 January from 7pm with a sit down supper involving unlimited drinks, recitals, toast to the haggis and dancing till late (tickets £89).

Green's Oyster Bar is going for an upmarket approach to haggis, neeps and tatties, promising 'no other Burns night supper London will compare'. Book your table for 25 January at either the Duke Street SW1 or Cornhill EC3 restaurant for fine dining, whisky, poetry and tartan.

The Islington Barn's serving up a Burns Night supper with all the works at £45 for 5 courses, including wine and whisky, courtesy of @pipsdish, on 25 January from 6.30pm.

Have a Scottish inspired dinner at Gordon Ramsay's The Narrow, Limehouse (£30 a head).

You can also find a Scottish menu at Restaurant One08 in Marylebone on 25 January only (£29.50 per person, kids 4-12 half price).

Edible Experiences' Supperclub dishes up a traditional Burns Night menu with a few contemporary twists on Friday 27 January (£25 per person, BYO wine).

Hootananny Brixton lays on storming pipe and drums, Braveheart hairy men and kilts to lift the roof off! Live folk music all night from 9pm-3am on Saturday 28 January (free entry).

Do you know someone at Middle Temple? Their Burns Night Ball on 28 January sounds fabulous. Get in if you can!

The Button Club's 10th Spectacular Burns Nicht Extravaganza involves a 5 course Highland menu, copious wine and whisky and joupin aboot at the Royal Overseas Club, St James’s on Saturday 29 January from 7.30pm (tickets £100).

Are you having a Burns Night supper? Here's how it should traditionally go.

What have we missed? Let us know in the comments.

Last Updated 07 January 2012