Scottish frivolity in abundance and an indecent amount of haggis; here’s where to celebrate Burns Night in London
Words Helen Brown
Burns Week at Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild will be paying homage to the bard with not just one night, but a whole week devoted to Scottish shenanigans. Try your hand at haggis-making, and delight in beer and whisky pairing evenings, live music and Burns cocktails galore. Both Mac & Wild Fitzrovia and Mac & Wild Devonshire Square are on hand to celebrate the life and works of one of Scotland’s’ most renowned national treasures.
For a full line up and to book, visit Mac & Wild’s website.
When Mr Fogg’s Met Robbie Burns
Even if you put on a kilt and climbed inside a bagpipe you couldn’t get more Scottish than this evening at Mr Fogg’s Tavern. Guests will be welcomed by a delightful performance from a tip top bagpiper, before being invited to toast the haggis and enjoy some delicious haggis canapés. A poetry recital will follow, showcasing, of course, the very best of Burns’ works. Glenfiddich is the world’s most awarded single malt Scottish whisky and will be on hand to quench thirsts. They will offer a welcome drink on arrival, a taste of one of their rare 18 year old samples as well as a special libation menu featuring a batch of bonnie 12-year-old, 15-year-old and 18-year-old cocktails.
More information here.
Burns Night Feast at Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill
For an evening of gastronomic delight, Bentley’s have produced a five course tasting menu that will certainly tantalise the tastebuds of all. Kicking off at 7:30pm, the dinner features Scottish staples taken to creative culinary heights. Cock-a-leekie soup will be followed by highland hare with haggis, chicory and clementine cooked to perfection. No Scottish feast would be complete without it, so sweet tooths will be satisfied with cranachan – the traditional Scottish dessert of oats, cream whisky and tangy raspberries. An extensive collection of Scottish whiskies will be available and all will be accompanied by bagpipes and poetry.
Book your ticket here.
Curling Competition at Happiness Forgets
As referenced in Burns’ Tam Samson Elegy, curling is a big deal in Scotland. Essentially a game of boulles on ice, it is a little known fact that this quirky sport was invented upon the frozen lochs of medieval Scotland. To celebrate this highland frivolity, Hendricks Gin are putting on a ‘clandestine curling competition’ for bartenders and trade in the warmer surrounds of ultra hip cocktail bar, Happiness Forgets. If you work in the industry and fancy cheering on the bartenders as they battle it out on the polished wooden bar top, you can email your interest in attending on DrinkUp.London.
29th January, 12-4pm; happinessforgets.com
Burns Hootenanny with Kerb
Kerb and Monkey Shoulder are having a highland fling for two magical nights of Scottish street food, live music, games and cocktails. Making an appearance are Haggis Scotch eggs and Haggis Mac n Cheese from The Wild Game Co., slow cooked venison tacos and the famed Macbeth toastie courtesy of Deeney’s; as well as delicious fare from Oyster Boys’ Ghetto Grillz and Nonna’s Gelato. Drink provisions from Monkey Shoulder and Kerb will be whisky based, obviously, and include a Lazy Old Fashioned. With a satiated appetite, go the whole-highland-hog with a round of corn-hole or “human sheep shearing;” or try your luck on Donald Trump’s crazy golf course.
Friday 27the and Saturday 28th, 6pm-12am; more information here.
Robbie Burns Night at Rabbit and The Shed
Chelsea pairing Rabbit and The Shed will be celebrating Burn’s night in a style fit for the bard himself. Both Rabbit and sister restaurant The Shed are offering diners Scottish specials including a Neeps and tatties rosti with whisky ketchup, lamb faggots with pumpkin spaghetti and last, but most certainly not least, a traditional deep fried homemade Mars Bar. So for an authentic Burns night ‘baw’ don your kilts and head down to Rabbit and The Shed to celebrate Scotland’s most famous poet.
Burns Breakfast at Roast
Roast, of Roast Burger fame, are providing a breakfast of Scottish champions to fuel your day of celebrations. The Full Scottish features smoked streaky bacon, Ramsay of Carluke’s black pudding and haggis, not one but two types of sausage, tattie scone, grilled tomato and field mushroom all served with your choice of egg. If breakfast isn’t your bag and you fancy a dinner, sample their imaginative Scottish fare by ordering a five course feast paired with whisky and wines, including cullen skink with smoked yolk and haddock crackling and hay smoked venison loin with parsnip skirlie. A whisky makers table is open to those who fancy themselves an aficionado of the spirit; join Maxime from Moet Hennessey whilst he talks you through the paired Glenmorangie whisky and plays your host for the evening. You don’t need to don your tartan to get into the Scottish spirit however it helps if you do; Roast will serve a cocktail on the house to anyone brave enough to turn up in a kilt.
Suntory Japanese Whisky X Sakagura
New hotspot of Heddon Street, Sakagura are adding a Japanese twist to Burns Night celebrations with their bespoke whisky cocktail, the Hibiki Moyasu. Available for a limited time throughout January and February, guests can enjoy this tipple exclusively created with Hibiki Japanese Harmony, served over a hand carved ice ball. Blending smokiness with the delicate expressions of this exquisite Japanese whisky, the cocktail is smoked with infused wooden chips, prepared old fashioned style and is the perfect offering for those looking to enjoy an alternative whisky serve this Burns Night.