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Where To Celebrate Burns Night In London


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Where To Celebrate Burns Night In London

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Here are the best Scottish shindigs London has to offer, featuring an abundance of haggis, neeps & tatties, poetry readings, whisky and jaunty pipers…

What is Burns Night?

Burns Night is a celebration of the life of 18th century Scottish poet Robert Burns, who is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland. It was initially organised as a memorial by family and friends after he died back in 1796, but over the years it has merged into a nationwide affair, taking place on his birthday, 25 January, each year.

Burns is considered to be a pioneer of the Romantic movement, and after his death he became a source of inspiration to the founders of both liberalism and socialism. His iconic poem and song, ‘Auld Lang Syne’, is sung at Hogmanay, while ‘Scots Wha Hae’ was considered Scotland’s unofficial national anthem for many years.

     

Where to celebrate Burns Night in London…

Roast

Roast

Borough-based eatery Roast are putting on a bright and cheery whisky pairing dinner, complete with bagpipes, poems – and of course a tantalising Scottish menu. Begin with a selection of canapés, followed by grilled Orkney scallop, roasted loin of Highland vension with haggis bon bons and Scottish cheese, and finish with a classic clootie dumpling. Enjoy alongside a variety of whisky pairings, from fruity Dalmore to malty Glenmorangie’s Signet. Finally – probably not one for everyone – but if you’re a hardcore haggis fan, try the haggis doughnuts, created exclusively for the night by Executive Chef Paul Shearing and served with marmalade and malted ice cream. £145pp roast-restaurant.com

Ten Trinity Square Private Club

Enjoy an evening of Scottish food, whisky, poetry and dancing at city members club Ten Trinity Square. Celebrations will begin in the UN Ballroom at Four Seasons Hotel London, where guests will be treated to cocktails and music from a traditional piper. Next, indulge on a carefully curated four-course gourmet dinner, featuring haggis with a roasted loin of venison for the main course followed by cranachan: a traditional Scottish dessert of oats, cream, whisky and raspberries. The evening will also involve a number of traditional poetry readings, as well as an address from celebrated Scot Kirsty Gallacher. From 7pm. Tables of 10 are priced at £1,000 and single tickets at £125 club.tentrinitysquare.com

Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild

Mac & Wild will be hosting a whole week of Burns-inspired shenanigans in both their Fitzrovia and Devonshire Square locations. On 25 January, guests are invited to Devonshire Square to dance the night away at London’s first silent ceilidh party while tucking into Glenfiddich high balls and the classic Scottish dish of haggis served with ‘neeps & tatties’ (swede, turnip and potatoes) . You can also enjoy tasting menus at both restaurants, featuring Highland delicacies like Mac & Wild scotch eggs and a show-stopping ‘Dive and Deer’ dish, complete with lobster tail, venison chateaubriand and haggis pepper chips. Or if you fancy getting in the kitchen yourself, why not try their haggis-making masterclass, hosted by Mac & Wild’s co-founder Andy Waugh? Alternatively, take things a step further and host your own Burns Night bash at home using one of Mac & Wild’s Burns Night kits, featuring all the essentials needed to host a Scottish knees up, including haggis, whisky, recipe cards and guides. Mac & Wild Burns Kits cost £18, masterclass tickets cost £40pp, Silent Ceilidh tickets cost £25pp, Tasting Menu costs £75pp. Book via email [email protected] macandwild.com

The Glenlivet Glade at Rosewood London

Glenlivet Glade

For one night only, Holborn Dining Room’s Executive Chef Calum Franklin will be serving up a Scottish-themed menu, paired with whiskys from The Glenlivet. Begin with cullen skink followed by Highland venison and haggis wellington, and finish on a sweet note with a stewed custard tart. All this amid the magical surroundings of the hotel’s iconic courtyard, which has been transformed into a woodland glade for the winter season. £145pp holborndiningroom.com

Roux at Parliament Square

Michel Roux Jr will be serving up a Scottish feast to remember at his elegant Parliament Square restaurant. After welcome drinks and canapés, guests will sit down to a five-course tasting menu, starting with a smoked haddock broth, followed by some traditional haggis, neeps and tatties, and venison loin with red cabbage and parsnip. Two Scottish desserts will then be served: a rhubarb cranachan followed by a clootie pudding with clotted cream.  Tickets are £130pp, £250 for 2 or £490 for 4. To book, call 020 73343737 or email [email protected] rouxatparliamentsquare.co.uk

108 Brasserie

     

Enjoy live performances from award-winning piper Hattie McCall Davies at the lovely 108 Brasserie as you indulge in a three-course menu of Scottish delicacies, from cullen skink to haggis to deep-fried mars bar. £45pp or £69.50pp with whisky pairing 108brasserie.com

Rotunda Kings Cross

Whisky connoisseurs, head to Rotunda in Kings Cross this Burns Night for a whisky tasting led by a top Glenlivet ambassador. You’ll sample a selection of single malts and blended whiskies alongside a number of small plates, including cured salmon blinis, haggis and Mars bar ice cream. From 6.30pm, £29.50pp rotundabarandrestaurant.co.uk

Brigadiers

Brigadiers

Whisky has been a big part of Indian restaurant and drinking tavern Brigadiers since its opening, courtesy of their legendary whisky vending machine. Using a pay-as-you-drink top up card, guests can sample tasters of different malts, ideal for whisky novices, and from 23-25 January, guests will be able to enjoy three different malts as part of a Burns Night special flight. On Burns Night itself, celebrations will involve Hot Toddys on the heated outdoor terrace – and some lucky guests will win a whisky vending machine card worth £75 (look out for a gold stamp on your drink). Food-wise, enjoy Indian dishes with a Scottish twist, like tandoori masala steak, haggis kofta, Scottish salmon tikka and cranachan kheer (rice pudding). Bookings can be made via email [email protected] or online at brigadierslondon.com 

Plum + Spilt Milk

Chef Director Mark Sargeant has put together a quintessentially Scottish four-course menu at Kings Cross eatery Plum + Spilt Milk, with options for both carnivores and vegetarians. Meat-eaters can enjoy the classic haggis, neeps & tatties or beef with roast celeriac and wild mushrooms; while veggies can feast on Jerusalem artichoke soup, vegetarian haggis or a mushroom wellington with spinach and goat’s cheese. Each course is paired with a Dalmore whisky, so guests can get merry like the Scots. £70pp plumandspiltmilk.com

Galvin HOP

Galvin HOP Burns Night

     

At Spitalfields bistro Galvin HOP, Burns Night festivities will kick off with a piper and poem reader to set the mood for the evening. This will be followed by a 4-course Scottish inspired menu, with dishes like Scotch eggs, black pudding and crackling and cured salmon with horseradish making an appearance. The star of the show will of course be haggis, served in the traditional way with neeps & tatties – but here there’s also an option of vegan haggis. £38pp, £35 extra for wine pairing galvinrestaurants.com

Indian Accent

For something a bit different, head to Mayfair restaurant Indian Accent, where Burns Night celebrations merge Indian and Scottish culture. Arrive to the sound of bagpipes as you kick things off with a whisky cocktail, and tuck into some of the tasty canapés on offer including butter chicken bouchées, and panko crusted Amritsari fish with coriander tartare. After Charlie Ward’s traditional reading of Burns’ ‘Address to a Haggis’, guests can tuck into the four-course menu. Dishes include a haggis koft and a turnip korma, served with a selection of kulcha flat breads, including applewood smoked bacon with barbeque butter, while dessert is a mithai cheesecake with besan ladu tart, accompanied by the fine sherry notes of Glenmorangie ‘Lasanta’. £75pp, an extra £25pp for whisky pairing. Book by calling 020 7629 9802 (extension 2) or online indianaccent.com

Smith & Wollensky

Smith & Wollensky’s celebrations will be a hybrid of Scottish and American cuisines, including a three-course menu in collaboration with Macallan Highland Scotch Whisky. Begin with a noggin of Macallan 12 year whisky followed by the classic haggis, neeps and tatties; then tuck into a Scottish fillet of beef served with mushrooms, spinach and french fries. £59pp, to book call 02073216007 or email [email protected] smithandwollensky.co.uk

The London EDITION

London’s top Scottish Ceilidh five piece, Licence to Ceilidh, will be heading up the festivities at The London EDITION’s Lobby Bar this Burns Night. Guests can enjoy traditional Scottish tunes and dances with a twist, alongside Chivas whisky-based cocktails and Scottish bites including both vegetarian and meat haggis balls and shortbread. Meanwhile in The London EDITION’s drinking den, Punch Room, revellers are invited to blend their own whisky alongside experts from the Chivas team. editionhotels.com

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