Where to celebrate Burns’ Night 2018 in London
You don’t have to be Scottish to celebrate Burns’ Night, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. January 25 is an annual festivity to mark the birthday of Scottish poet Robert ‘Robbie’ Burns, who died in 1796. Traditionally, a meal of soup, haggis, tatties, neeps and lots of whisky is served to celebrate his life and poetry. With a host of Scots living in the capital, there are tons of Burns’ Night celebrations on around town.
- Burns’ Dinner and Music @ Boisdale (22 – 27 January)
Scottish restaurant chain Boisdale will be hosting a series of Burns evenings, featuring special three or four-course meals, with live music in some venues (each branch’s menu choice and price differs). Menus from £35.
– Boisdale – Four branches in Canary Wharf, Belgravia, Bishopsgate and Mayfair. For more information, visit the Boisdale website.
- Burns events @ Barworks (various venues) (22 – 27 January)
Barworks will be running special Burns events at a selection of their bars and restaurants across the capital. Haggis and Neeps & Tatties will be on offer, as well as a dram of R&B Distillery’s Raasay While We Wait. Meanwhile, Harrild & Sons in Farringdon will be hosting a three-course traditional supper on actual Burns’ Night, coupled with Scottish cocktails which includes the Grain & Ginger a of R&B Distillers’ Borders Single Grain Scotch Whisky with fiery Ginger Ale. From 7.30pm. Dinner: £45 pp including whiskies.
– Venues taking part included the Slaughtered Lamb, Exmouth Arms, Well & Bucket, Harrild & Sons and Singer Tavern. For more information, visit the Barworks website.
- Week Of Burns @ Mac & Wild (22 – 28 January)
Scottish eaterie Mac & Wild will be celebrating with a whole week of Burns inspired menu and events. Including Whisky and Beer Pairing, Haggis Making Masterclass, Whisky Tour Tasting Experience, Whisky and Chocolate Pairing Masterclass and traditional Burns’ Night menu. Throughout the week, customers can order Mac & Wild Haggis, Neeps & Tatties Burgers and Rabbie’s Drams whisky flights.
– 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 @ The Gallery (25 January)
The Gallery bar has created a special Robbie Burns drinks menu featuring their favourite whiskies and beers, including Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve and beer and whisky pairings including Chivas 12 with 6° North Four Saisons. Open 12pm-12.30am. Free entry.
– The Gallery, 190 Broadhurst Gardens, West Hampstead, NW6 3AY. Nearest station: West Hampstead. For more information, visit their website.
- Burns Night Supper Club @ Pear Tree Cafe (25 January)
A late night supper club comes to the Pear Tree Café in Battersea Park. Featuring bagpipe procession and Whisky hip flasks, a five-course candlelit supper and Whisky cocktails. From 7pm. Tickets: £39pp.
– The Pear Tree Café, Lakeside Café, Battersea Park, SW11 4NJ (guests to meet at 7pm in the car park). Nearest station: Battersea Park or Queenstown Road Battersea. For booking and more information, visit the Pear Tree Café website.
- Burns Night @ Devonshire Club (25 January)
Members’ club Devonshire Club are hosting a Burns’ Night supper with entertainment. The menu starts with Cock-a-leekie soup, followed by haggis with neeps & tatties or an Arbroath smokies fish pie for main with Cranachan and whisky-laced coffee and a deep-fried Mars Bar for dessert. Also including live music from internationally acclaimed piper Matthew Supranowicz with the pipe band Shotts and Dykehead. From 6pm. Price: £28 for 2 courses £35 for 3 courses.
– Devonshire Club, 5 Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M 4YD. Nearest station: Liverpool Street. For more information, visit the Devonshire Club website.
- Burns Night with Compass Box Whisky @ Craft London (25 January)
North Greenwich bar and restaurant Craft London will be hosting a special Burns’ supper, featuring four-courses paired with Whisky as you enjoy fabulous views by the Thames. From 7pm. Tickets: 4 course menu and 5 Compass Box serves, £48pp.
– Craft London, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0SQ. Nearest station: North Greenwich. For more information and booking, visit Craft London.
- Robbie Burns’ Night with The Gladwin Brothers (25 January)
The Gladwin Brothers will be marking the poet’s night with special menus at their three restaurants. Featuring delicacies such as Haggis Sliders and Deep Fried Homemade Mars Bar.
– Rabbit, 172 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW3 4UP (Nearest station: Sloane Square or South Kensington), Nutbourne, 35-37 Parkgate Road, Battersea, SW11 4NP and The Shed, 112 Palace Gardens Terrace, Kensington, W8 4RT (Nearest station: Notting Hill Gate).
- Burns Night with Douglas Laing @ Milroys (25 January)
Scotch Whisky Blenders and Bottlers Douglas Laing & Co Ltd are hosting a whisky tasting evening to celebrate the life of Robbie Burns at London’s oldest whisky shop. Tickets: £35pp.
– Milroy’s, 3 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4NX. Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Milroy’s website.
- Mr Fogg’s Burns’ Night (25 January)
Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair will be hosting an evening of Scottish revelry, featuring welcome whisky, bagpipes, haggis canapes and poetry recitals. From 5pm. Free, but table reservations advised.
– Mr Fogg’s Residence, 15 Bruton Lane, Mayfair, W1J 6JD. Nearest station: Green Park. For more information, visit the Mr Fogg’s website.
- Whisky Tasting @ Blade Club (25 January)
Blade Hair Club offers a cross between a hairdressers and a night out, with cuts, drinks and live music. Blade’s owner Stroo’s subterranean bar will be serving cocktails, such as the Penicillin, a blend of 35ml of Clynelish 14-year-old, 25ml of Ardbeg Uigeadail and 10ml of King’s Ginger liqueur along with fresh pressed lemon juice, honey and orange bitters, garnished with organic candied ginger. Open until 9pm.
– Blade, 26 Frith Street, Soho, W1D 5LD. Nearest station: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square. For more information, visit the Blade Hairclub website.
- Burns Night Ceilidh @ Cutty Sark (27 January)
A night of drinking and dancing underneath the Cutty Sark. Featuring a Ceilidh with The Ship Band, poetry reading, welcome drink, whisky and Scottish food. Doors open 7pm. Tickets: £30.
– Cutty Sark, King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9HT. Nearest station: Cutty Sark (DLR), Greenwich or Maze Hill. For booking, visit the Royal Museums Greenwich website.