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A Guide to Burns Night in London

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Embrace your Scottish side with these raucous (and whisky drenched) Burns Night events

Scotland may be over 400 miles away, but that shouldn’t stop you getting into the spirit of one of the country’s most cherished traditions. Burns Night is a night to celebrate the life and works of Scotland’s bard, Robert Burns, most famously the writer of Auld Lang Syne. If you’re a fan of Scottish culture or you’re Scottish and feel a long way from home, this list is for you.

Milroy’s Bar

Whisky is a crucial part of Burns Night, and London’s oldest whisky shop is certainly stepping up for the occasion. They’ll be hosting a lively Burns Night at their bar in Soho with a night focusing on tasting Port Askaig whisky. The night comes in at just 20 quid, and alongside an extensive selection of different whiskies there will be music, poetry and haggis on offer to bring a smile to your faces.

Ceilidh Club

Don your tartan and do your stretches - this self-described ‘little piece of Scotland in London’ holds regular ceilidhs and will be honouring Burns Night with a big celebration on several nights in January. There will be three hours of ceilidh dancing, as well as haggis, neeps and tatties served as a buffet when you’re taking a break from the dancefloor.

Streetwise Opera

This homelessness charity will be holding a Burns Night with all proceeds going to help those sleeping on the streets. Featuring music from the ceilidh tree, dance the night away whether you’re a beginner or a little more advanced - either way there’ll be callers to help you learn the steps. After showing off your moves enjoy haggis, tatties and drinks at the bar.

Burns Night Remixed at EArtH

If you're looking for something a little more contemporary, try a Rave-Ceilidh: old school dances to banging beats and bass lines. No previous experience required, the Caller-MC’s will talk you through the dances. It’s time to dance with the whole room in this ceilidh re-boot for the 21st century. Piping hot haggis, neeps and tatties are also on the menu.

Burns Bash at Skylight

Skylight's big Burns bash features special guest DJs and party time all night long - you'll even get a cheeky free coktail on arrival. The night will see a special Highland dancer performance and whisky tasting sessions as well as the obligatory poem reading.