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by Kat Parr Mackintosh (subscribe)
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Tuesday the 25th of January is Burns Night, which is a fun night to celebrate even if you're not Scottish. If you're spending the evening at home you need to get out your Rabbie Burns poetry book, yer bottle o' whisky, 'n cook up yer haggis, yer neaps 'n yer tatties. If you're going out these are some of the best Burns Nights in town:

The Burns Club of London is 'the' Burns event to attend. They've been holding Burns Suppers for 140 years so they know what they're doing. This year they're holding it at the Caledonian Club where, as well as the traditional toasts and poetry reading there will also be two hours of a reeling (Scottish dancing). Tickets 75.

The Boisdale(s) in Belgravia and Bishopsgate are Scottish restaurants and they're making the most of the occasion by celebrating for as long as possible. They're having Burns night the way it should be on the night, with a piper and a proper eulogy for the haggis as well as a huge feast, but in the lead up to it they're having all sorts of smaller feasts.

The Albannach restaurant and whisky bar, just off Trafalgar Square, hosts a five course event of the good, traditional stuff: you'll be served by lads in kilts and after the food and the poetry there's a piper and a ceilidh to help you bring your poetry to motion. This year it's 95 a head.

With a more tenuous link than the two previous suggestions comes the long bar and restaurant of St Pancras Grand which used to be the home of the Flying Scotsman. They're doing Burns night all week, serving the proper grub, but on the poet's night itself they're getting in a piper and sharing their list of over 50 different whiskies.

And for something a little easier on the pocket, the Hootananny Brixton is having more dancing less poetry, at their "Superhoot", headlined by Scottish band Schiehallion which is known for their ensemble including pipes, accordion and drums.
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