11 Things to Do on Burns Night in London

© John Haslam/Flickr
Photo of Ruaidhrí Carroll
London Travel Writer16 January 2018

Despite his untimely death at just 37 years old, 18th-century poet Robert Burns is one of Scotland’s most revered sons for the mastery with which he captured the essence of his nation in words. Falling on his birthday, January 25, Burns Night is one of the most important days in the Scottish calendar. Here are a few of our favourite ways to celebrate Burns Night 2018 in London.

Galvin Bistrot de Luxe

Restaurant, French, $$$
Map View
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, 66 Baker Street
Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, 66 Baker Street | Courtesy of Galvin Bistrot de Luxe
Get down to the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers’ flagship restaurant in Marylebone, Galvin Bistrot de Luxe, where diners are invited to devour a delicious six-course meal, with a side of poetry in the spirit of Robbie Burns. The restaurant is teaming up with Glenmorangie Whisky, so whisky pairings will also be available to complement the meal for £45 per person, while the wine pairing package is £35.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

From £49 per person

Town House

Boutique Hotel, Hotel
Map View
The Kensington Hotel, London
The Kensington Hotel, London | Courtesy of Town House

Delve into a delightful three-course Scottish meal at Town House, the antiqued restaurant at stylish West London hotel The Kensington. Available with whisky pairing for an extra £20 per person, the Burns Supper menu options include haggis served with bashed neeps and tatties and a Selkirk bannock bread and butter pudding.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

From £45 per person

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW

Nicholson’s National Whisky Showcase

Returning for its second year, the National Whisky Showcase will be launched by Nicholson’s Pubs on Monday January 15. A special Burns Night menu will also be available in 44 pubs across London from January 22-28. Two pubs – The Hoop & Grapes in Aldgate and The King’s Head in Mayfair – are pairing up with Maxxium to host ticketed whisky evenings on Thursday, January 25.

January 15-28, 2018

Multiple locations.

Auchentoshan and Laphroaig, two whiskies featuring in Nicholson’s Whisky Showcase 2018 | Courtesy of Nicholson's Pubs

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

Bar, British, Pub Grub
Map View
Bloomsbury Club_ Hot Toddy 6_HighRes
Bloomsbury Club_ Hot Toddy 6_HighRes | Serving up a hot toddy
Enjoy an evening of live music at The Bloomsbury Club Bar while sipping on a range of concoctions from the unique Talisker Whisky cocktail menu. There will also be a selection of Scottish small plates, including haggis and truffle sausage rolls and Irn-Bru sorbet.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Jugged Hare

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, Bar, British, $$$
Map View

Ideal for anyone working in the City of London, this five-course meal with wines to match at The Jugged Hare incorporates a unique Scottish twist at every turn of the plates, including quirks such as whisky HP sauce and deep-fried Mars bar with Glenfiddich ice cream. Scottish bagpiper Alan Henderson will be on hand for an address to a haggis before leading a whisky toast to Rabbie Burns.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 – 7.30pm

From £75 per person

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Casual, Relaxed

The Fentiman Arms

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Map View
Receive a whisky on arrival at The Fentiman Arms in Vauxhall, where there will be a live bagpipe player helping to instill an authentic Scottish atmosphere to accompany the traditional three-course meal on offer. Turn up in traditional tartan for a wee dram on the house.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

From £35 per person

The Castle

Pub, Pub Grub, $$$
Map View
The Castle, Tooting High Street
The Castle, Tooting High Street
Any wannabe whisky connoisseurs should get down to The Castle in Tooting, where Chivas Regal will be taking guests on an adventure encompassing the heritage and flavour profiles of a range of whiskies. For an extra £10, there will also be the chance to create your own blend to take home.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

From £10 per person

Brasserie

Cocktail Bar, Restaurant, Bar, Brasserie, European, Vegetarian, $$$
Map View
108 Brasserie, London
108 Brasserie, London | Courtesy of 108 Brasserie

Head to 108 Brasserie in Marylebone, where guests are invited to indulge in a very Scottish three-course meal featuring cullen skink, haggis and deep-fried Mars bar. Get the menu complemented with selected whisky pairings for an extra £20 per person.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

From £45 per person

Young’s Ode to Haggis

Young’s Pubs across the capital will be getting in full Scottish swing to honour Robbie Burns Night with mighty meals inspired by his cherished Caledonia. The Fox & Anchor in Farringdon and The Duke’s Head in Putney are just two Young’s Pubs hosting events in the city.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

From £40 per person

Multiple locations.

Courtesy of Young's Pubs

The Lamb Tavern

Gastropub, Pub, Tapas, Pub Grub, British, $$$
Map View
Poetry, cocktails and a Scottish take on tapas are on the agenda at The Lamb Tavern. Adam Handling from Frog by Adam Handling is looking after the food, Matt Whiley of Scout is taking care of the drinks, while Loud Poets will be offering up their own unique interpretation of Rabbie Burns’ work. Tuesday, January 23, 2018

From £25 per person

The Spring Grove

Pub, Pub Grub, Dessert, $$$
Map View
Tuck into a three-course dinner at The Spring Grove in Kingston featuring Scottish classics executed with modern pizzazz. The meal starts with a cock-a-leekie consommé with leeks, peppered chicken, pearly barley and a side of sourdough bread; then it’s a choice of haggis or wild saithe fillet for the main; while a traditional cranachan will be served up for dessert.

Friday, January 26, 2018 – from 7pm

From £25 per person