It’s not just Scottish expats who get a bit emotional when it comes to their national poet, Robert Burns, although it will probably be Jock Tamson’s bairns who embrace his birthday celebrations (January 25) with most gusto. A Burns Night supper is great fun for all, though – apart from the traditional food (sometimes smoked salmon, Scotch beef or game; always haggis, neeps and tatties), there’s often a bagpiper, recitations of the bard’s poetry and Highland dancing. Pick one of our recommended spots to celebrate, arrange your kilt hire if you don’t own one, and always book ahead. Euan Ferguson
Check out our selection of London’s best Burns Night events.