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Burns night celebrated in London

19th January 2012

While Parliament in Westminster bickers with Holyrood over future Scottish independence, the capital is set to join in with celebrations in honour of its northern neighbours during Burns Night.

Visitors to 5 star hotels in London may want to pack a kilt with them as the traditional January 25th celebrations of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns hit the capital with a number of events.

Nothing could be more Scottish than enjoying a few choice whiskies and traditional dishes at the Athenaeum restaurant on Piccadilly which will host its annual Whiskey Social.

After a few drinks, guests in London hotels may want to head down to the Leicester Square Theatre for the Glasgow International Comedy Festival Gala Launch.

The line-up of all-star talent performing in honour of the occasion includes Fred MacAulay, Stewart Lee, Robin Ince and Adam Kay, among many more.

"From the city that gave you Billy Connolly and Frankie Boyle, celebrate Burns Night with a line-up of top names showcasing the Glasgow International Comedy Festival," explained the venue.

London's resident Scot and outspoken chef Gordon Ramsay is set to mark the occasion with festivities at his Limehouse venue, Narrow.

Offering up a special lunch and dinner menu, with three-course treats such as cock-a-leekie soup and whiskey-marinated quail, those hoping to snap up a table have been urged to book early.

During the week around Burns Night, the Ceilidh Club's Hammersmith Town Hall venue promises to offer up Scottish country dancing with attitude.

"Dust down your edgy Vivienne Westwood kilt and jump to nearly three hours of live music and dancing," remarked tourism publication Time Out.

"No dress code, but tartan is appreciated," it added.

Music fans may want to book tickets for Babelfish: Alternative Burns Night by the Folk Union at Kings Place.

Babelfish is made up of an array of top Scottish musicians from bands such as Peatbog Faeries, Session A9 and Blazin Fiddles.

Combining fiddles, percussion, bass, keyboards and poetry, the group will rearrange the legendary poetry of Burns in a unique way.


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