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The best things to do for Burns Night in London

19/01/2016

Lashing of whisky, piles of tatties and an address to that great chieftain o’ the puddin-race.

VENISON, HAGGIS, NEEPS AND TATTIES 

Sit down, put your feet up, raise some amber liquid to the king of Scottish bards and induldge in extravagant dinners across town. 

London's restaurants have raised the game this Burns Night. Leading the pack is Scottish-themed Mac & Wilde who are running a haggis menu, with a different haggis dish every day until Burns Night. Expect Cullen skink, haggis beeps and tatties and Scottish macaroons.

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Just south of Oxford Street Quo Vadis are opening the doors to their renowded members club to host a Scottish supper. They've asked their buddies at Milroy's of Soho to pair a whisky to each of the four courses so this is going to be a particularly well-lubricated dinner with the promise of Milroy’s exclusive bottlings of single cask Scotch whiskies. 

Over in the City, lurking beneath St Paul's shadow, Bread Street Kitchen will be letting diners work their way through a special four-course Balvenie Dinner. The clootie pudding dessert and a delicious cheese flight paired with a rare edition 21-year-aged PortWood should serve to end the night on a particularly mouth-watering high. 

BAGPIPES, PUNCH, MARTINIS AND CEILIDH DANCING

Don't like being constrained to one night? Discount Suit Company have created their cocktail of the month around the famous poet, called a Burns Sipper. It's a great concoction of Dewar's Whisky, Amer Picon, maraschino cherry juice, Green Chartreuse and grapefruit bitters. Avaliable throughout January.  

After having addressed the Haggis in Edinburgh, Leeds and Manchester one raucous party of Hendrick's imbibers will arrive at Hawksmoor Spitalfields in London to complete their day of following The Voyage of the Black Haggis. Expect Martinis and house punch, haggis dogs, haggis nuggets and a selection of bespoke Burn’s Night Hendrick’s cocktails. 

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You might need to don your finest tartan for this next one, as Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings is inviting you to their ultimate Burns Night five course banquet. Expect a scrumptious feast paired with Scotch whisky, poetry readings, speeches and live music all finished off with a rousing rendition of Auld Lang Syne before the ceilidh starts. More into whisky than haggis? The team are also hosting a a Macallan tasting flight of five of Scotland’s best whiskies.

For something a little more...shall we say untamed...head to Callooh Callay where Scotcsmen Grant Neave and Bobby Hiddleston will be holding court in the upstairs bar. The two asked social media what everyone wanted for Burns Night and apparently the answer was delicious Whisky cocktails and a chip shop experience. So on Monday 25th January they're planning to bring a wee bit of Scotland to the heart of Shoreditch with Monkey Shoulder cocktails for £5 and some of Scotland’s more stereotypical cuisine, no addressing the Haggis here, just dressing the Haggis in batter and chippy sauce! 

AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...

If you're more Francophile than Scots-enthusiast (we're not judging) head down to Joyeux Bordel on the 25th and party the night away with Carry Nation, a bar from Marseille who are journeying over to wreck havoc in East London. Apart from great libations from their menu you can also look forward to the bar playing open decks and inviting guests to bring their favourites vinyls to play on the Joyeux Bordel vintage analogue sound system.

SCHOONERS, LITTLE CREATURES, TRIPPLE JJJ AND SAUSAGE SARNIES

If you know Monday 25th is Burns Night then you must also surely know Tuesday 26th is Australia Day. Yep, we're not finished with your livers just yet. Dust off your dancing shoes and head to The Hops & Glory for the ultimate Australia Day Celebrations. This year Pat Keeble of Stone & Wood is hosting a tasting session from 6pm onwards, or until he's drowned out by the sound of INXS. 

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