Fancy some Scottish revelry? Guide to London’s Burns’ Night 2017
January 25 is an annual celebration for Scots to mark poet Robert Burns’ birthday. Traditionally, a meal is hosted to celebrate the life and poetry of Robbie, with soup, haggis, tatties, neeps and lots of whisky being consumed. With a host of Scots living in London, it’s no surprise there’s plenty of Burns’ Nights events on in the capital. Here’s some of the events on around town.
- Week Of Burns @ Mac & Wild (23 – 27 January)
Scottish eaterie Mac & Wild will be celebrating with a whole week of Burns inspired menu and events. Kicking things off is a Haggis Making Masterclass (23 January), followed by Whisky and Beer Pairing Masterclass (24 and 27 January). On Burns’ Night itself, both branches of the restaurant will be offering a special Burns Set Menu, including a suitably Scottish host to address the haggis and the option of washing down each course with a specially paired whisky. There will also be Burns’ specials on the menu all week, including Haggis, Neeps & Tatties, a Burns Whisky Flight and a Bobby Burns Whisky Cocktail.
– Mac & Wild Fitzrovia: 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS (Nearest station: Oxford Circus) or Mac & Wild City: 9A Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M 4YN (Nearest station: Liverpool Street). For booking and more information, visit the Mac & Wild website.
- Whisky 101 : Siren Of The Glen @ The Gallery (24 January)
The Gallery are kicking off Burns’ celebrations one night early with an evening of whisky and beer pairing. Siren Craft Beer Co. and The Glenlivet. Guests will be able to get educated while sampling the good stuff. 7pm-11pm. Tickets: £20 (include four flights of whisky samples, four samples of beer and food pairings).
– The Gallery, 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY. Nearest station: West Hampstead. For booking, visit Billetto.
- Robbie Burns’ Night @ Rabbit and The Shed (25 January)
Chelsea restaurant Rabbit and its sister venue The Shed in Kensington will be offering special Burns’ Night dinners. The menu will feature Duck Livers on griddle cakes and smoked salmon, rye and rose geranium; followed by neeps and tatties rosti with whisky ketchup or lamb faggots with pumpkin spaghetti and artichoke mud. To finish, will be the traditional deep-fried homemade Mars Bar.
– Rabbit, 172 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 4UP (Nearest station: Sloane Square or South Kensington) and The Shed, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, W8 4RT (Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate). For booking and more information, visit the Rabbit website or The Shed website.
- ‘Bobby Burns’ cocktail @ Milroy’s (25 January)
R&B Distillers have teamed up with London’s oldest whisky shop Milroy’s to create a special cocktail for Burns’ Night, which will be on sale during the evening. The concoction is a peppery play on the classic ‘Bobby Burns’ and has been inspired by the spices used in haggis.
– Milroy’s, 3 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4NX. Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Milroy’s website.
- Burns Night Whiskey Pairing Supper @ the Lillie Langtry (25 January)
Cosy pub the Lillie Langtry has teamed up with Ballantine’s for an evening of whisky pairing and food. There will be a Scottish-inspired menu featuring cock-a-leekie, (soup of leeks and peppered chicken stock and often rice or barley); Haggis neeps and tatties (Scottish mash and turnips), and Cranachan (dessert of whipped cream, whisky, honey and fresh raspberries, with toasted oatmeal soaked overnight in whisky).
– Lillie Langtry, 19 Lillie Road, West Brompton, SW6 1UE. Nearest station: Earls Court or Fulham Broadway.
- When Mr Fogg’s Met Robbie Burns (25 January)
Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair will be hosting an evening of Scottish revelry, featuring a live bagpiper, ‘toasting the haggis’ and haggis canapés. Following the traditional poetry recital of some of Roberts Burns’ best works, there will be plenty of Glenfiddich cocktails to celebrate his life. All the staff will be embracing the spirit of the evening by swapping their traditional military uniforms for kilts.
– Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, W1J 6JD. Nearest station: Green Park. For more information, visit the Mr Fogg’s website.
- Burns Cocktails @ Mango Tree
Award-winning Thai restaurant Mango Tree has created two cocktails to mark Burns’ Night. ‘The Mango Tree Old Fashioned’ (Bourbon whisky, brown sugar and angostura aromatic bitters and orange bitters and is garnished with cinnamon sticks and dried orange) and the Scotch Prune (Haig club whisky, vieille prune liqueur, strawberry syrup, fresh lime juice and cranberry juice is finished off with fresh mint and some dried lemon).
– Mango Tree, 46 Grosvenor Place, Belgravia, SW1X 7EQ. Nearest station: Victoria. For more information, visit the Mango Tree website.
- Bourne & Hollingsworth Burns’ Night Party (25 January)
Head to Clerkenwell bar and restaurant Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings for a good old Scottish knees up. Choose Bruichladdich Tasting with Abi Clephane (6.30-7.30pm, £25) or a Burns’ Supper (From 7.30pm, Dinner & entertainment:£60, Dinner and drinks pairing: £85), featuring a welcome reception with a Scots piper, before a five-course supper by executive chef Adam Gray, along with traditional Burns’ Night poetry. There will be a poetry competition The Burns Factor, as well as Ceilidh dancing and plenty of cocktails. Guests are encouraged to wear tartan.
– Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings, 42 Northampton Road, Clerkenwell, EC1R 0HU. Nearest station: Farringdon or Angel. For booking, visit DesignMyNight. For Metro Girl’s review of B&H Buildings, read this.
- Kerb presents Burns Hootenanny (27 and 28 January)
Travelling foodie wonderland Kerb are teaming up with Monkey’s Shoulder to host a street food night market party to celebrate the Scottish poet. As well as plenty of food and drink stalls, there will also be an electric cèilidh, dancing, addressing of the haggis, Highland themed games, poetry slam corner and more. 6pm-12am.
– Kerb @ The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, Bermondsey, SE16 4DG. Nearest station: Bermondsey. For more information, visit the Kerb website.
For a guide to what else is on in London in January, click here.