By | 17th January 2014

Now for a quick history lesson; regarded as Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns – or Rabbie as he was known, only lived until he was 37 but in that time his literary accomplishments were great. His poems portrayed his love of Scotland, the beauty of his birthplace Ayrhsire, and his appreciation of haggis. So it is not surprising that when his friends started to celebrate the anniversary of his death on the 25th January, haggis took centre stage.  200 years later and come Burns Night, you are sure to find a veritable Scottish feast near you. From whisky cocktails, to Tipsy Laird and ceilidhs to kilts here are some of London’s best Burns Night events, all topped off with Haggis of course.   

1 Lombard Street

1 Lombard Street is promising their Burns Night celebration will be filled with pipers, poetry and whisky galore – sounds good to us! Diners can feast on Scotch rarebit, cock-a-leekie soup and MacDrunken prawns – which we are very intrigued by! Oh and if you don a kilt then you will be rewarded for your efforts with a complimentary whisky… right where is the family tartan? 24th January

Bleeding Heart

Bleeding Heart’s Burns Night dinner menu is perfect comfort food in these cold temperatures! The 3 course menu which is available at the Tavern, includes MacSweens haggis, roasted venison and a heather honey and ginger pudding with malt whisky crème Anglaise, it is almost enough to make us want this cold weather!  22nd and 23rd January

Boisdale of Canary Wharf

Boisdale of Canary Wharf are celebrating Burns Night, with the Union Haggis – a haggis made from ingredients, from Scottish, English and Welsh lamb and barley from Northern Ireland – to show their support for the political union in this historic year. The Union Haggis will be available between the 20th -29th January, as well as Burns Night menus also being served. For those looking to host a private dinner during this time, Boisdale can also organise pipers in full Highland regalia and speakers to recite the Ode to a Haggis to be present! 20th – 29th January

Brown's Hotel

Brown's are serving up a Burns Night banquet, with a bit of a twist. Mark Hix, director of food at Brown's will be joined by the comedian, broadcaster and foodie – Hardeep Sing Kohli. The duo will be flaming the haggis and entertaining diners with their culinary quips. Food wise they will be serving up black-face haggis with neeps and glenmorangie, saddle of Kingairloch red deer with pan haggerty and woodland mushrooms and sea buckthorn cranachan!  24th January


Drop into any of the Bumpkin restaurants (apart from Westfields) on Burns Night as they are serving up a delicious supper, which sees dishes such as a full Scottish breakfast on the starters board, Arbroath smoky with buttered spinach and soft poached duck egg for a main course, and pudding includes a Clootie (possibly our new favourite word to say) dumpling custard. We also love the sound of the apple crumble whisky cocktail – pudding and cocktails? Yes please. 25th January


Over at Kettner's they are keeping things simple with a classic Scottish menu, expect to find dishes such as Scotch broth, haggis neeps and tatties (that’s turnips and potatoes, to us Londoners); whilst puddings include cranachan  – a delicious concoction of honey, whipped cream, oatmeal, raspberries and of course a good glug of whisky and the wonderfully titled Tipsy Laird trifle. A true Scottish feast! 25th January

Min Jiang at the Royal Garden Hotel

Brilliantly titled Chinese Burns, the Royal Garden Hotel’s celebrations are being given an oriental twist. The likes of char siew haggis puffs and sesame prawn and haggis toast are being served with accompanying whiskies. This is the sort of Chinese burn we like! 25thJanuary

Mr Fogg’s

Mr Fogg and his household staff have joined forces with Scotland’s finest Glenmorangie Single Malt Whisky to celebrate Burns Night in Mayfair. Bagpipers? Check. A toast to haggis? Yes. Haggis canapés? Definitely. Poetry recital of Robbie Burns’ work? Of course. Kilts? Check. Check. Check. Looks like Mr Fogg’s has it sorted then. 25th January

Outlaw at The Capital Hotel

Over at The Capital they are celebrating Burns Night with a wonderful menu in Outlaw. Paired with matching whiskies, the menu included haggis fritter canapés, chargrilled venison and Scottish scallops, but be quick as this is sure to be popular! 25th January

Quo Vadis

Haggis will be taking centre stage at Quo Vadis as it is on the theatre set menu from the 25th of January for a whole week. Served with clapshot, it will start the week being paraded through the restaurant accompanied by a piper. Well with Head Chef, Jeremy Lee having been born and bred in Dundee, he knows the importance of haggis! 25th January– 1st February

Rivington Grill

Over in Shoreditch at the Rivington Grill alongside their Burns Night menu they are also serving up two whisky based cocktails: The Hammer of God (which they say is legendary, the name certainly is!) and the Whisky Club, a muddle of whisky, Monin sugar syrup, lemon juice, egg white and fresh raspberries! 25th January


The Bingham

Richmond, boutique hotel The Bingham has joined forces with local charity the Poppy Factory to raise money for injured ex –service men and women. Head Chef, Mark Jarvis has created a menu which includes courses such as haggis croquettes with red onion and chilli jam and roast haunch of venison with cranberries, crushed swede and gratin of neeps and tatties. But that is not all, throughout the evening pipers from the London Scottish Regiment will be playing and there will be a silent auction afterwards. 25th January

The Dorchester

The Grill at the Dorchester are starting off their Burns Night menu with Cullen skink – for those not in the know, (and we weren’t sure to begin with!) it is in fact a thick soup made from smoked haddock, potatoes and onions. This will be followed by courses of haggis, roast beef and Caledonian cream and cranachan!  25th January

The Rib Room

Renowned for its flavour and showmanship, The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant at Jumeirah serving up the Burns blazer cocktail. Yes it taste greats, but we are entranced by the way it is so theatrically concocted, with the spirits being ignited and blended through being poured in a display of liquid fire! This is followed by Roast rib of Aberdeen Angus beef from the Buccleuch Estate. 25th January onwards


Vinopolis will be celebrating Burns Night across two days, starting on the Friday night they will be hosting a traditional Burns supper which will include the Address to the Haggis and Toast to the Immortal Memory and whisky tasting with whisky expert and resident Scot, Tom Forrest. Then the following night, guests can visit the Wine Tasting Experience to learn about their own individual tastes followed by a night of ceilidh dancing and a supper of stew and dumplings.  24th – 25th January


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