With the dark nights of dreary January comes reason to throw a spectacular Scottish shindig; here’s where we’ll be celebrating Burns Night in London
Words Clara Van Duivenbode
As enamoured in Scotland as our very own Shakespeare in England, the birthday of Scottish bard, Robert Burns, is celebrated in raucous fashion each year on the 25th January with Burns Night suppers, an indecent amount of haggis and more than a fair few wee drams of whiskey. A pioneer of the Romantic movement and author of Auld Lang Syne, it seems fitting to don our tartan and toast the poet this Wednesday. Here are the best places in London to do so.
Where to celebrate Burns Night in London
When Mr Fogg’s met Robbie Burns
Mr Foggs is offering a truly Scottish experience that will have you feeling like you’re in the Highlands. Get decked out in traditional Scottish dress as you enjoy the welcoming sounds of bagpipes, listen to poetry recitals of Burns’ best works and enjoy Haggis Pops with Red John sauce from Scottish Champions Mac & Wild.
Thursday 25th January; mr-foggs.com
A Week of Celebrations at Mac & Wild
Scottish Champions Mac & Wild are celebrating Robert Burns with not just one spectacular night, but a whole week’s worth of offerings. The London-favourite is offering haggis-making masterclasses, beer and whisky pairings, whisky and chocolate making masterclasses, live music, Burns-inspired cocktails and more at both restaurant locations in Fitzrovia and Devonshire Square. Expect to tuck into delicious specials such as Mac & Wild’s Haggis, a Neeps & Tatties Burger and Rabbie’s Drams.
Prices from £25 per person; macandwild.com
Cook up a Scottish Storm at the London Farmer’s Market
If a night in is more your bag, the London Farmer’s Market has you covered. Haggis and Haggis sausages will be available both weekends either side of Burns Night so you can have a Highland hurrah at home. Look out for this special Scottish fare across the Marylebone, Pimlico and West Hampstead Farmers Markets.
The Scottish Supper Club, Bagpipe Procession and Hip Flasks at Pear Street Cafe
Start your celebrations right with a bagpipe procession and a flask of warming whisky, starting at Battersea Park and ending at the Pear Street Cafe. Once inside, prepare for a tasty five-course feast that includes bannock bread, Scottish Smoked Salmon and of course, haggis, neeps and tatties. If this doesn’t have you feeling like you’re in Scotland, what will?
£39 per person; peartreecafe.co.uk
Whisky 101 at the Gallery
Join in the festivities at everyone’s favourite hub, The Gallery. The Gallery in West Hampstead – known for its ample whisky and beer selection – is the perfect location to celebrate Burns Night in London. The Gallery has curated a menu which celebrates their personal favourite Scottish tipples, featuring a classic Bobby Burns with Glenlivet Founder’s Reserve for £8.50. Other beer and whisky pairing are available for £6.50.
Free entry; ilovethegallery.com
Blade Hair club
If you’re feeling a night out in Soho, the Blade Hairclub is celebrating the famous Scotsman with personalised whisky flights, tastings and Scotch cocktails. With a whisky selection from all over the world, you know you’ll have a great night here. Be sure to try the Penicillin cocktail and settle in for a cosy evening.
Free entry; bladesoho.co.uk