Tartan at the ready — the 260th birthday of Scotland's national poet is fast approaching. We've compiled the very best places to raise a dram and otherwise pay tribute to good old Rabbie Burns on Burns Night in London this year.
Burns Night at The Ceilidh Club
Brace yourself... three whole hours of Britannia Twosteps, Gay Gordons, and Highland Barn Dances awaits you at The Ceilidh Club this Burns Night. Traditional Scottish fare is served up, buffet-style throughout the evening to keep you twirling all night long. There's the traditional Address to the Haggis and Robert Burns buffs can even apply to perform a poem or song. Best brush up on your Selkirk Grace, then.
Hammersmith Town Hall, £25-£37.50, book ahead, 19/25/26 January and 1/2 February.
Burns Night at Boisdale of Canary Wharf
With a menu featuring Dunkeld smoked salmon, Buccleuch estate dry aged beef, and Highland heather honey baked cheesecake, Boisdale of Canary Wharf is bringing the sumptuous flavours of Scotland south of the border for homesick Scots and Sassenachs alike. The meal is accompanied by entertainment from The Rat Pack, who will perform swing classics, classic pop and a few Scottish surprises.
Boisdale of Canary Wharf, £59.50 for three courses, book ahead, 24-26 January.
Burns Night at Cutty Sark
Where better to celebrate Burns Night than an historic tea clipper which got its name from poem, Tam o' Shanter? Clamber aboard the Cutty Sark for a proper ceilidh, with live music from the esteemed Highland Pipers and a poetry performance. Your ticket includes a complimentary whisky and a traditional meal of either haggis, neaps and tatties; stovies; or vegan haggis.
The Cutty Sark (Greenwich), £35, book ahead, 25 January.
Burns Night at Glenfiddich x Skylight London
Single malt Scotch whisky brand Glenfiddich has teamed up with Skylight London for a rooftop Burns Bash featuring live bagpipes, storytelling, and a ceilidh beneath the stars. It's also your last chance to see the East End venue in its winter regalia before it closes, so squeeze in an ice-skating session while you're there.
Skylight, Tobacco Dock, £3 entry, book ahead, 25 January
Burns Night Banquet at Bourne & Hollingsworth
If you're after something really special (and feeling flush), this five-course feast at the ridiculously chic Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is the way to go. Expect dram and whisky cocktail pairings, as well as all of the traditional Burns Supper trimmings — the haggis will be piped in, Selkirk Grace recited, and hands joined for a closing rendition of Auld Land Syne before a mini ceilidh kicks off.
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings (Clerkenwell), £80, book ahead, 25 January.
Burns Night at The Rhythm and Booze Project
It's lucky that Burns Night 2019 falls on a Friday, because this celebration will likely get you more than a wee bit merry. Three words: Open. Whisky. Bar. The Rhythm and Booze Project (aka dynamic musical duo Felipe and Paul) blends live tunes with whisky tasting, plus a bit of poetry from the Bard of Ayrshire. Make sure you nab a few veggie haggis canapes to line your stomach... you'll need them.
Rhythm and Booze Project (Bermondsey), £50, book ahead, 25 January.
Burns Night at the Ceilidh Liberation Front
The rock stars of folk dance, the Ceilidh Liberation Front crash into The Nest to put their raucous twist on traditional ceilidh this Burns Night. Kilts are both welcome and encouraged.
St Mark's Church, Dalston, £12-£15, book ahead, 25-26 January.