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25 places to celebrate Burns Night in London

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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 are 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!

Haggis Feasting Menu at The Marksman 

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Award-winning Hackney pub, The Marksman, is one of few in London to make its own haggis. So it stands to reason that it’s the place to be on Burns night. For one night only, the venue will be putting on a haggis feasting menu with curried mussels on toast to start, haggis, neeps and tatties for mains (there’s even a vegan option) and cranchan for dessert. 

Start with a glass of scotch at the bar, and either sit upstairs in the main restaurant or, if you’re with a larger group, take over the downstairs cellar.

Where: The Marksman, 254 Hackney Rd, East London E2 7SJ
When: Friday 25 January 
How much: £35

Burns Night at Craft London 

North Greenwich restaurant, Craft London, is hosting a night of merriment in its sophisticated space with a special Burns Night feast. The four course menu will be matched with four whiskies from whisky brand Compass Box to ensure that all that delicious food is washed down well.

 A couple of dishes include whisky salmon, black radish and apple and hay smoked buttermilk alongside whisky ice cream, aerated custard and oat biscuit.

Where: Craft London,  Peninsula Square, London SE10 0SQ
When: Friday 25 January 
How much: £48

Burns Night Feast at Brigadiers

Indian restaurant Brigadiers will be putting on a Scottish inspired feasting menu for Burns Night, with standout dishes including, Haggis Nargisi Kofta, Bone-Marrow, Lachha Paratha or Tandoori Masala Aberdeen Angus Rib Eye Steak, Talisker Bone Marrow Dopiaza.

To keep guests entertained there will be a roaming Scottish bagpiper and there’ll even be a chance to win a whisky vending machine card worth £75 if you find a gold stamp on your complimentary Hot Toddy. Bottoms up!

Where: Brigadiers, 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
When: Every evening from 23-25 January
How much: £65

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Burns Night Menu at J Sheekey Atlantic Bar

Leicester Square’s seafood restaurant J Sheekey Atlantic Bar will be putting on a tasty Burns Night menu and will be serving up two bespoke cocktails. Not only can diners treat themselves to a traditional Whisky Sour of Bowmore 15yo whisky, lemon juice and miraculous foamer, but there’ll also be the Rob Roy, a blend of Auchentoshan single malt whisky, sweet Vermouth and Benedictine liqueur. 

Accompanying these typical Scottish serves will be a special dish of seared Isle of Mill scallops, spiced heritage carrot and haggis crust.

Where: J Sheekey, 28-33 St Martin’s Ct, London WC2N 4AL
When: Friday 25 January
How much: From £12.50

Burns Night at Dean Street Townhouse 

Soho House’s sumptuous non-members restaurant, Dean Street Townhouse, is doing something a little bit special for Burns Night. In one of the most sophisticated settings in Soho, you can enjoy a three course menu and a delicious whisky cocktail, ensuring that you raise a toast to the famous poet in style. 

Cullen skink will start off the feast, followed by haggis, neeps, tatties and all the trimmings, with cranachan to finish. After which, you can enjoy some traditional live bag-piping, to get you in the celebratory mood. 

Where: Dean Street Townhouse, 69 - 71 Dean St, Soho, London W1D 3SE
When: Friday 25 January 
How much: £40

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Blade Hairclubbing does Burns Night

Blade Hairclubbing, the innovative hairdressers and bar in Soho, is treating customers to not only a fabulous new ‘do but also a stiff drink to go with it this Burns Night.

Special hair-themed Kilkerran cocktails and rare release whisky flights will be flowing all evening on the 25 January, as complimentary tastings are offered to hairclubbing guests with appointments, tutored by the special guest, Kilkerran ambassador Ronan Currie. 

There’ll be two cocktails to choose from, representing the blondes is the Rod Stewart with Kilkerran 12, Walcher Organic Amaretto, Oatly Barista, Copperhead guarana, lemon, mandarin bitters and a creamy vegan vanilla marshmallow garnish. While the Princess Merida Brave is a fiery mix of Kilkerran 12, Irn Bru, Copperhead ginger, grapefruit, orange bitters, garnished with crystallised ginger and a dried orange slice.

Where: Blade Soho, 26 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 5LD
When: Friday 25 January 
How much: Cocktails from £7.20

A different kind of Burns Night at CUB

Hoxton restaurant CUB likes to do things differently. Not only does it subscribe to a concept of sustainable luxury, its food and drinks offerings are seriously experimental (no surprise, given that infamous mixologist Mr Lyan is one of its co-founders).

So it makes sense that for Burns Night, CUB will be steering away from the traditional cullen skink and cranachan, and instead teaming up with Progressive Hebridean Distillers to create a multi-sensory 10-course set menu.

There’ll be five edible courses and five drinkable ones, with highlights like the Neo Caledonia, a martini-style drink created with both Port Charlotte 10 Year Old and The Botanist.

Where: Cub 153 Hoxton Street, N1 6PJ
When: Friday 25 January from 7pm 
How much: £75

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Burns Night at The Colton Arms 

From 7-10pm guests at The Colton Arms will be spoilt with a delicious four course menu and paired whisky flight, to ensure a raucous evening is enjoyed by all. 

To start, diners will feast on scallops ‘Skink’ with Abroath smokie, a Scottish speciality alongside a 10-year Glenmorangie whisky. For mains, it’s Hebridean lamb breast with Scottish clapshot, rosemary and whisky jus accompanied by a 10-year Talisker whisky to get the taste buds going. 

To finish, indulgence comes in the form of a raspberry and thyme Cranachan with an infamous Scottish special, a deep fried mars bar, complemented with a 15 year Dalwhinnie whiskey. Then top off your meal with Scottish Tablet and shortbread (petit fours) and a Talisker Port Ruighe. 

Where: The Colton Arms, 187 Greyhound Rd, Hammersmith, London W14 9SD
When: Friday 25 January, 7-10pm 
How much: £40

Celebrate Burns Night at The Jugged Hare

Feast on five delicious courses at this cosy gastropub in East London, where you can get your fill of plenty of haggis, expertly paired wines to match by sommelier Gui Mahaut, and of course a wee dram of whisky.

Settle in for an evening of tasty treats with a plethora of Scottish-inspired dishes including haggis croquettes with whisky HP sauce and roast rack of Herdwick mutton with black pudding, Isle of Mull Cheddar and whisky chutney. 

Where: The Jugged Hare, 49 Chiswell St, East London EC1Y 4SA
When: Friday 25 January at 7.30pm
How much: £75

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Burns Night at the South Place Hotel 

South Place Hotel’s restaurant, Chop House, will be hosting an exclusive menu in ode to Robert Burns on the most Scottish night of the year.

With haggis, Harviestoun beer and all the Scottish classics, the restaurant is inviting *diners* to have a jolly old time – including an almighty toast to the new year with a sing-song of Auld Lang Syne.

Where: South Place Chop House, 3 South Place, East London, EC2M2AF
When: Friday 25 January from 5pm to 2am
How much: £30

Burns Night Dinner at 1 Lombard Street 

1 Lombard Street in the City will be addressing the haggis in full Scottish regalia with a bagpiper and a three course meal. 

Diners will tuck into a delicious cock-a-leekie soup with haggis, neeps and tatties, followed by Cranachan. Oh and there’s bonus points for anyone wearing tartan of any form, so make sure you wear your best kilt. All those who do will be rewarded with a cocktail for their additional support. Cheers!

Where: 1 Lombard Street, East London EC3V 9AA
When: Friday 25 January, from 7pm
How much: £48

Rotunda 

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Rotunda in King’s Cross will be hosting a whisky tasting led by an ambassador from Glenlivet to help Londoner’s enjoy a very boozy Burns Night. The session will include a selection of single malts as well as blended whiskies. 

Following the address to the haggis, a selection of small plate food will be served featuring traditional Scottish dishes including cured salmon blinis and Mars bar ice cream. Delicious. 

Where: 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London N1 9AG
When: Friday 25 January from 6.30pm
How much: £29.50

Burns Night at Galvin HOP

This modern Spitalfields-based bistro is putting on a lovely evening of entertainment to celebrate the Scottish tradition this year, with not only a four course menu but a piper and poem reader to set the mood, too. 

The menu will include delights such as Scotch egg, Stornoway black pudding, apple ketchup and crackling to start and The Caley’s haggis, neeps and tatties for main.

Where: Galvin HOP, 35 Spital Square, East London E1 6DY
When: Friday 25 January from 7pm 
How much: from £38

To book call the restaurant on 020 7299 0404 or email elise@galvinrestaurants.com

Burns Night at The Glenlivet Glade at Rosewood London 

Tucked away in the courtyard of this glamorous Holborn hotel is an atmospheric, star-lit cabin that recreates the magic of the Scottish highlands. Under a dark canopy dotted with white lights, surrounded by snuggly fur throws, you can enjoy a particularly lavish Burns Night complete with three course meal and wine and whisky pairing.

Throughout the evening, Holborn Dining Room’s executive chef and piemaster, Calum Franklin, will serve a menu of typical Scottish dishes and ingredients including Cullen skink soup, haggis served inside a luxurious Wellington and homemade The Glenlivet custard tart with stewed pear.

Where: 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom
When: Friday 25 January, from 7.30pm
How much: £145

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Burns Night Dinner at Devonshire Club 

This swanky East End members club is hosting a special dinner on Friday 25 January, with exclusively created cocktails and a bespoke Scottish menu in honour of the great poet, Robert Burns.

There’ll be entertainment all night thanks to world champion piper Matthew Supranowicz, of Shotts and Dykehead, and a delicious menu with highlights including John Ross Jnr Scottish smoked salmon, haggis with neeps ‘n’ tatties, cullen skink fish pie, cranachan and of course, the deep fried Mars bars to finish.

When: Friday 25 January, from 7pm 
Where: Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, East London EC2M 4YD
How much: from £28

Burns Night Dinner at Smith & Wollensky

To celebrate this Burns Night Smith & Wollensky have created a special menu that revels in all things Scottish, with their American twist.

Executive Chef, Tom Cook, has created a three course menu in collaboration with Macallan Highland Scotch Whisky especially for the celebration, starting the meal the traditional way with a noggin of Macallan 12 year whisky followed by Macsween haggis with neeps and tatties and a red wine jus. 

Up next is a 225g Scottish fillet of beef, accompanied by pan-fried mushrooms or sautéed spinach and french fries. The meal will be rounded off with the traditional Scottish dessert of cranachan.

And because it is Burns Night after all, Smith & Wollensky will also have a piper to pipe in the haggis and a speaker with a traditional rendition of Address to a Haggis.

When: Friday 25 January 
Where: Smith & Wollensky, The Adelphi Building, Covent Garden Riverside, 1-11 John Adam St, London WC2N 6HT
How much: £59

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Burns Night at The Queen of Hoxton 

The Queen of Hoxton’s legendary rooftop wigwag will be taking a Celtic turn for Burn’s Night on the 25 January, hosting live traditional music, hearty Scottish fare, hot boozy drinks, games and - what we’re most excited for - a kilted Scottman performing an authentic and totally ridiculous Address To The Haggis.

If the venue’s previous events are anything to go by, it will be the most eccentric Burns Night extravaganza you’ve ever encountered. 

When: Friday 25 January, 7pm-10pm
Where: Queen of Hoxton, 1-5 Curtain Road, London, Greater London, EC2A 3JX
How much: Free but book tickets before for guaranteed entry

Burns Night Supper at Rex Whistler restaurant at Tate Britain

This year, Tate Britain’s iconic Rex Whistler restaurant is inviting guests for an evening of Scottish art, food and bagpipes. 

After an exclusive Scottish art tour in the upper galleries, guests will be piped down to the restaurant and treated to a Scottish four course feast including cullen skink, stovies, cranachan and of course haggis, neeps and tatties all washed down with drams of Glenfarclas twenty-one-year-old, Speyside single malt whisky. Dinner will take place amongst the famous wall murals painted at the age of 23 by the artist Rex Whistler, whom the restaurant takes its name from.

The star of the show, haggis, will be processed in on a silver salver by Head Chef Alfio Laudani whilst the piper plays a suitable, rousing rendition of “A Man’s A Man (For a That)” to kick off proceedings in true Scottish style. This will be followed by a recital of Burns’ poem ‘An Ode to a Haggis’ (Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o the puddin’-race!) before the theatrical cutting of the haggis when guests are invited to tuck in and enjoy a wee dram. The evening’s entertainment will finally conclude with the pipes leading the chorus of Auld Lang Syne.

When: Saturday 26 January, 7pm-11pm
Where: Rex Whistler restaurant, Lower Floor of Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
How much: from £55

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Burns Night Closing Weekend Bash at Skylight 

To mark the end of the winter season at this East London rooftop haunt, and to celebrate the enlightening work of Robert Burns, Skylight and Glenfiddich whisky have joined forces to put on the booziest of bashes. 

The outdoor space will receive a whisky-themed makeover and come to life with the sounds of Scotland, as entertainment rages on throughout the evening in the form of traditional Scottish music alongside the spectacle of a highly-anticipated rooftop ceilidh. Expect music, singing, dancing and storytelling.

The rooftop ice rink will be open for those hoping to try out their skating skills, and Skylight’s rooftop igloos will also be available to book – the perfect place to pull up a blanket and sip on mulled drinks to warm the cockles. Street food will also be on offer, with some Scottish twists added to the menu.

When: Friday 25 January, 5pm-11.30pm 
Where: Skylight, Rooftoop at Tobacco Dock, Pennington Street, E1W 2SF
How much: From £3

An Evening of Whisky and Words at 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 and 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 how popular last year’s event was, we reckon you should book yourself in pronto. 

When: Friday 25 January, 7pm
Where: B&H Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU
How much: £80 for five course dinner, cocktail and whisky pairing

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The Dalmore 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. 

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, 6.30pm
Where: Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, W1D 7DT 
How much: £55

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 whisky. 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, from 5pm
Where: Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, London W1J 6JD
How much: Free

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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: Friday 25 January, 6-11pm
Where: The Fentiman Arms, 64 Fentiman Road, Oval, SW8 1LA
How much: £30

Burns Night at Temper City

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Temper City will be throwing a Scottish knees-up with a twist to celebrate the famous poet, serving up sharing plates that reflect Scotland’s experimental cuisine, both traditional and modern. 

From haggis tacos and beef shin stovies to deep fried goat salami pizza slices with chippy sauce, each of the five sharing courses come with a wee dram of aged whisky, one dating back 15 years.

 The restaurant promises that those who attend will be entertained all night up until a 2am finish, for those wanting a full night out on the skite.

When: 25 January, 6.30-2am
Where: 2 Angel Court, 30 Throgmorton Street, EC2R 7HJ
How much: £95

Burns Night at Nicholson’s

The Horniman 

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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: 21-27 January, whenever you want
Where: All over the shop - find your nearest pub here
How much: To be confirmed - but last year’s was between £13-£17

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