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16 places to celebrate Burns Night in London

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Megan Murray
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Whether you’re a Scot or not, who could say no to a night of haggis addressing, whisky drinking and Ceilidh dancing?

Come 25 January, bars and restaurants all over London will be springing to life with celebrations for the esteemed poet, Robert Burns. 

Whether you fancy knocking back a wee dram or indulging in a full nine-course meal, there’s plenty of events happening in our fair city that will appeal to your inner Scotswoman. 

So get your bagpipes at the ready and don your finest tartan, because this Burns Night is going to be one to remember!

An Evening of Whisky and Words at Bourne & Hollingsworth

Bourne & Hollingsworth

Grab your dancing shoes and head to the superbly stylish Bourne & Hollingsworth for a night of food and poetry. 

A five-course supper will be served paired with a delicious dram or delectable cocktail. The Selkirk Grace will be recited, the haggis piped in, addressed and toasted and the immortal memory enacted. 

There’ll be live music played and as dinner draws to a close, everyone will join hands for a rendition of Auld Lang Syne and a spot of traditional ceilidh dancing.

It all sounds pretty good to us, and considering that last year’s tickets completely sold out, we reckon you should book yourself in pronto. 

When: 25 January, 6.30pm
Where: B&H Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
How much: £80

See more information and book yourself a place here

Whisky 101 at The Gallery 

The Gallery 

The Gallery in West Hampstead is known for it’s premium whiskies, boasting 101 different types behind the bar. This Burns Night, The Gallery has created a drinks menu which celebrates a selection of their favourite whiskies and Scottish beers. 

The menu will include a classic Bobby Burns with Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve, vermouth blend, Benedictine and beer as well as whisky pairings including Chivas 12 with 6° North Four Saisons and Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve with 6° North Scotch Ale.

When: 25 January, all evening 
Where: The Gallery, 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY
How much: Free

No need to book a place, but you can see more information here

Burns Night cocktails at Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard

Sky-high British cuisine restaurant and bar, Aqua Shard, may not be throwing a Burns Night event as such, but the luxurious establishment is putting on a special cocktail offering in honour of the famous poet. 

Head over to the Shard-based bar to sample a Made By The Sea cocktail, created with Robert Burns in mind. Seafood lovers will love this tipple, which is crafted with maple syrup fat-washed smoked salmon, lapsang tincture, lemon juice, egg whites and Talisker 10, topped with a garnish of dried trout skin.

When: Anytime you like - the bar is open from 10.30am-1am Sunday to Thursday, and 10.30am-3am on Fridays and Saturdays
Where: The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, SE1 9RY
How much: £14 per cocktail

Book yourself a place here.

Burns Night at Plum + Spilt Milk

Plum + Spilt Milk

Plum + Spilt Milk’s annual event is actually a nod to the heritage of the restaurant’s name, taken from the dining livery of the famous Flying Scotsman train. Chef Director Mark Sargeant has created the four-course supper which features an Arbroath Smokie with leek and whiskey soup to start, followed by the traditional dish of haggis, neeps and tatties, which will be ceremonially piped in by a bagpiper. 

The menu will also be accompanied by a selection of Dalmore whiskies to keep guests sufficiently merry throughout the evening.

When: 25 January, 7pm
Where: Plum + Split Milk, Pancras Road, King’s Cross, N1C
How much: £70

See more information and book yourself a place here

Burns Night Dinner at Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel

Ham Yard Hotel is hosting a night of merriment in its boutique-style Archer Room with a five-course menu of warming seasonal dishes and a selection of Dalmore Whiskies. We have to say, the Loch Fine smoked salmon with thyme and heather honey crème fraiche sounds divine, as does the venison with fondant potato. 

Daryl Haldane, the brand ambassador for Dalmore, will guide guests through the pairings and taste profiles, explaining the exceptional processes and unusual distillation regimes behind the award-winning distillery that result in Dalmore’s distinctive taste.

When: 25 January, 6.30-10pm
Where: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT 
How much: £50

See more information and book yourself a place here

Burns Night with Compass Box Whisky at Craft London

Craft

Modernistic, South East London bar and restaurant Craft is holding a special Burns Night dinner in association with Compass Box Whisky, and it promises to be an absolute hoot. Starting with a tipple from the boutique whisky maker and some light snacks, guests will have the chance to admire the view before sitting down for a four-course meal and whisky pairing.  

The restaurant will be serving their own ‘Craft London’ haggis – using Yorkshire lamb and a fantastic blend of spices and grains, served with neeps and parsley tatties smothered in homemade cured butter, and a whisky sauce made using Compass Box’s signature blend, Spice Tree. 

When: 25 January, 7-11pm
Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, SE10 0SQ
How much: £48

See more information and book yourself a place here.

Mr Fogg’s Burns Night

Mr Fogg’s

Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair is holding a night of celebration in partnership with Glenfiddich Scotch whiskey. After sipping on their arrival dram, guests will be invited to sit back and enjoy the sounds of the bagpipes before a communal ‘toast the haggis’. 

Although haggis pops and highland libations will be rife, this evening is more focused on creating a proper Scottish atmosphere rather than simply serving up a table full of food. In true Scottish spirit, all household staff shall also be temporarily swapping their traditional military uniforms for adorning kilts and sporrans, with guests encouraged to take part in traditional dress too, though not compulsory.

When: 25 January, 5.01pm
Where: Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD
How much: Free

See more information and book yourself a place here.

Burns Night Dinner at Pollen Street Social

Pollen Street Social

Foodie types will love this Michelin-starred restaurant’s super-deluxe, nine-course dinner. Held in the private dining room, Chef Patron Jason Atherton has carefully selected the finest Scottish produce to create dishes such as cook-a-leekie bun, Isle of Mull langoustine and Fearn Abbey cheese ice cream, honeycomb and oat cake crumb. 

Each course will be paired with cocktails and drams of whisky, each of which will be introduced with a brief history. 

When: 25 and 26 January, 7pm
Where: Pollen Street Social, 8-13 Pollen Street, W1S 1NQ
How much: £135

See more here and make a reservation by calling 02072907600.

Burns Night Supper at Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe 

Michelin-starred chef brothers, Chris and Jeff Galvin, are celebrating in style with a special six-course feast and wine or whisky pairing. Kicking off with Highland canapes and moving on to traditional Scottish fare such as Cullen Skink and Isle of Mull cheddar & oatcakes, guests will end the night with an enticing Ecclefechan Tart topped with clotted cream. 

When: 25 January, 7pm
Where: Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, 66 Baker St, Marylebone,W1U 7DJ
How much: £49

See more information and book yourself a place here

Burns Night Supper at The Jugged Hare

The Jugged Hare

East London haunt, The Jugged Hare, is putting on quite the Burns Night spectacular to celebrate everybody’s favourite Celtic poet. Described as a traditional Burns Night supper and fine wine evening, those attending will enjoy five courses, each with wine pairings, and have the chance to listen to guest speaker Alan Henderson, who will address the haggis and invite guests to recite their favourite works by Robert Burns if they wish. 

Delicacies include haggis, neep and tatties gratin, roast loin and braised belly of Herdwick mutton and deep fried Mars bar with Glenfiddich ice cream. 

When: 23 January, 7.30pm
Where: The Jugged Hare, 49 Chiswell Street, EC1Y 4SA
How much: £75

See more information and book yourself a place here.

The Exclusive Balvenie Supper at Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen

Guests are invited to gorge on a six-course Scottish feast at Gordon Ramsey’s Bread Street Kitchen. 

The evening will begin with a delicious whisky cocktail accompanied by a selection of canapes, with delights including haggis croquettes, smoked salmon and langoustines. Once the main event begins, guests will be tucking into heather smoked Highland venison, Orkney scallop served with crispy sea vegetables and the main of Highland longhorn beef served with traditional swede, pearl barley, crispy onions and mustard cream. 

Every dish will be accompanied by a different Balvenie malt whisky. Finally, to top things off, there will be a Clootie pudding custard followed by a selection of cheeses, complimented with a wee dram to end the evening. 

When: 25 January, 6.30pm
Where: Bread Street Kitchen, 10 Bread Street, EC4M 9AJ
How much: £95

See more information and book yourself a place here.

Burns Night at The Fentiman Arms

The Fentiman Arms

This South London pub’s cosy atmosphere and roaring fire make it the perfect place to celebrate this famous Scottish tradition. Guests will be greeted with a cocktail on arrival before being sat down for three courses of hearty grub. 

For those who come proudly sporting some tartan there’ll be a free dram of whisky on offer. What’s more, the pub’s website promises to serenade it’s customers with the romantic sounds of the bagpipes once the evening gets underway. 

When: 25 January, 6-11pm
Where: The Fentiman Arms, 64 Fentiman Road, Oval, SW8 1LA
How much: £32

See more information and book yourself a place here.

Burns Night Supper at The Duke’s Head

 The Duke’s Head

The Duke’s Head in Putney invites guests to try their traditional haggis with neeps and tatties in a three-course sitting with a high-end wine pairing. After sipping on a welcome cocktail, guests will be treated to a whole host of Scottish fare and three glasses of vino to wash it all down with. 

The pub’s website assures patrons that this is the place to be if you want to enjoy a raucous night with your friends, which is something we’ll always raise a glass to. 

When: 25 January, 7-10pm
Where: 8 Lower Richmond Road, Putney, SW15 1JN
How much: £40

See more information and book yourself a place here.

Burns Night at Temper City hosted by Neil Rankin and Hardeep Singh Kohli

 temper City

Temper City will be throwing the ultimate knees-up to celebrate all things Scottish, from bag pipes and haggis to deep fried Mars bars and Irn Bru. Restaurant owner and award-winning chef Neil Rankin has designed a bespoke four-course menu especially for the evening, including classics such as aged Highland beef and haggis Scotch egg. Personally, we’re tempted by the sound of the ‘Bananaramadrama’ with Islay malt butterscotch and deep-fried Mars bars.

Each course will come with a whisky pairing and there’s even the promise of a booze-laced Celtic quiz, created by radio and television broadcaster, Hardeep Singh Kohli.

When: 25 January, 7-11pm
Where: 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, EC2R 7HJ
How much: £80

See more information and book yourself a ticket here

Burns Week at Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild

Scottish street food sensation Mac & Wild are paying true homage to their roots by hosting not one, not two but seven nights of Scottish-themed events at the end of this month. 

Burns Week is set to be a haggis-filled bonanza with opportunities to revel like a real Scot, starting on the 22 January and running until the end of the week. You can check out the full list of activities below, but some highlights include a haggis-making masterclass and a whisky and chocolate pairing experience. 

When: 22-25 January at various times
Where: 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN
How much: from £25

See more information and book yourself in for all the fun here.

Burns Night at Nicholson’s

The Horniman 

Those looking for a Burns Night on a budget will be thrilled to hear about the UK-wide offer on at all Nicholson’s pubs from the 22 to 28 of January. Guests can pick from a selection of starters, mains and deserts for a set price depending on whether they’ve got room for two or three courses, the latter of which includes a dram of whisky. 

Of course, the menu is themed by Scottish classics including smoked Scottish salmon, haggis and Balmoral chicken. With 47 pubs in London alone, we reckon you won’t have much trouble finding one close by. 

When: 22-28 January, whenever you want
Where: All over the shop - find your nearest pub here
How much: £13.95 two courses, £16.95 three courses

See more information here.

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