Top 10 Burns Night shindigs in London and Edinburgh

“My love is like a red, red rose that’s newly sprung in June; my love is like a melody that’s sweetly played in tune”. So wrote Scottish bard Robert Burns in his 1794 poem, A Red, Red Rose.

Rock star poet Robert Burns (sunglasses added post portrait)

As loved and celebrated in Scotland as Shakespeare is in England, the bard’s birthday – 25 January 1759 – is marked every year with Burns Night suppers and raucous celebrations involving indecent amounts of haggis and whisky.

Regarded as a pioneer of the Romantic movement, the rather dashing looking lyricist became a cultural icon in Scotland after his death in 1796 and his influence has never been stronger.

In 2009 Burns, who wrote New Year’s Eve favourite Auld Lang Syne, was voted the greatest Scot by the Scottish public, narrowly beating William Wallace.

His poems are known for their spontaneity, directness and sincerity.

If you’re keen to toast the poet next Wednesday with a wee dram, then read on for our round-up of the best Burns Night events talking place in London and Edinburgh.

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