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Each year on January 25th, Scotland celebrates the birth and life of one of its most famous and acclaimed poets and lyricists - Robert Burns. Although it's nearly 400 miles away from Edinburgh, there's still plenty of opportunities to embrace Scottish culture in London and honour one of its most famous sons.

Across the city there are a range of bars and restaurants offering exclusive events for Burns Night, but there are also some more family-friendly options if you plan to spend the day with younger loved ones.

Eating out

If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy a Scottish-themed meal then you won't be short of places to go in London. The Boisdale is offering guests a five-course meal showcasing the very best of Scottish cuisine, with Highland salmon, Aberdeenshire beef and, of course, haggis and tatties featuring.

For those who want something a little more fast paced, the Closer at Wilton’s Music Hall is hosting a night of dance. Taking inspiration from all over the world, the special Burns Night event will celebrate the very best of dance including Scotland's very own Ceilidh.

Family-friendly activities

Spending the day with younger guests? London still has plenty to offer families on Burns Night.

A couple of days before official Burns Night on January 25th, London's finest Ceilidh band 'Folk of the Wood' will be putting on an evening of family-friendly entertainment, while there will be scrumpy, cider and ale on offer for the adults.

Places all over London are offering a similar night of dancing and music for people of all ages, which allow you to take part as well as enjoy from the sidelines!

Raise a glass

London boasts a number of world-class whiskey/whisky bars for you to enjoy a wee dram in on Burns Night.

For a swanky night out in the heart of London, you can't do much better than the Whisky Lounge at Hilton London Metropole. With more than 70 different whiskies on offer, you may want to take advantage of the bar's “whisky flights” to take you on a tour of the best of Scotland's distilleries. Want to explore a little further afield? It also has drinks from the rest of the world, such as India or Japan, who are up-and-coming when it comes to their whisky-making skills.

The Whisky Bar at the Athenaeum has more than 300 types of whisky for you to try on Burns Night, as well as a range of nibbles that can be expertly matched to your chosen tipple. Boasting a comprehensive menu, you're sure to find a bottle here that takes your fancy, including the large menu of malted and blended Scottish whiskies.

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