Monday 25th is Burn’s Night, but the celebrations start this weekend – if you can’t beat them – join them!
Here’s our round up of the best of Burn’s Night.
In honour of the famous bard himself, Island Grill restaurant on Hyde Park will be offering every diner wearing a kilt a complimentary dram of Whisky on Burns Night, 25 January 2016.
Island Grill will be offering an array of Scottish delights such as House-smoked salmon; Haggis croquettes; and Chargrilled Ayrshire pork cutlet with white pudding and a whisky jus.
2/3-course menu for £15.50 / £18.50
Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings are hosting an extravagant Burns Night Party. Revellers are encouraged to don their finest tartan attire for a sophisticated evening of whisky cocktails, ceilidh dancing and a five course Scottish banquet in the beautiful Clerkenwell setting. Tickets
At The Gallery in West Hampstead, guests will be transported on a whisky-based exploration of the Lowlands, Highland and Islands of Scotland. At this Whisky 101 event, guests will sample the finest Scottish Single Malts, compile their own tasting notes and learn about the history and origin of each distinct whisky with the evening rounded off with a taste of haggis.
With the help from the boys at Cocktail Trading Company, R&B Distillers have created a pair of Burns Night cocktails to showcase the brand’s two new whiskies – ‘While We Wait’ and ‘Borders’. The two playful ginger-infused cocktails ‘Mac Daddy’ and the ‘Spicy Red Head’ will be available to sample at CTC Smithfield for one night only.
The Queen of Hoxton will be hosting a serious celebration of all things Scottish on 25th Jan up on their rooftop.
Warm your cockles with whisky tasting courtesy of the award-winning Glenfiddich distillery, take in musical entertainment from traditional Scottish fiddle player Tom Newell, enjoy an Address to a Haggis, and of course a special menu of hearty Scottish fare.
The whisky tasting with Glenfiddich allows ticket holders to sample four of their famous whiskies and a whisky based cocktail each, and learn about the history and family story of the distillery. Held in the atmospheric and cosy winter WigWam – Scott or not, Kilt or not, you’d be a fool to miss it!
This January Mac & Wild will be celebrating Burns night with a whole week dedicated to the Scottish bard. Each day of the week will feature a different variety of haggis including clapshot, haggis in the hole and haggis pops with the week beginning on the Saturday before with a traditional Burns Supper at their newly launched restaurant. Diners can enjoy the finest haggis, venison and whisky sourced directly from the Scottish Highlands, in a charmingly rustic setting.
In keeping with tradition, on the evening of the 23rd January, Mac & Wild have arranged for the haggis to be piped in and several of Robbie Burns poems to read. The evening will end with a live sing-a-long of the Bards most famous poem Auld Lang Syne whilst all diners have a good auld time.
On Monday 25th, Chelsea restaurant, Rabbit and sister venue The Shed, will be celebrating Burns night with an array of delicious delicacies including a very special homemade haggis and Hot Toddy daily loosener to chase the winter blue away. www.rabbit-restaurant.com
On Monday, Guests at Mr Fogg & Cahoots will be welcomed by a delightful little performances from an extremely talented, tip top bagpiper, before they are all invited to toast the haggis with a glass of Glenmorangie’s finest and enjoy some delicious haggis canapés. The evening will then continue with a poetry recital that shall, of course, showcase a selection of Robert Burns’ best works.
In true Scottish spirit, all household staff shall also be temporarily swapping their traditional Gieves&Hawkes military uniforms for a range of rather fetching and suitably festive kilts. Equally, Mr Foggs male guests shall also be encouraged to sport Sporrans and Kilts too.