The Highland maverick penned ‘Tam O’ Shanter” and ‘Auld Lang Syne’
The London Edition (Fitzrovia)
This Friday evening, The London Edition in Fitzrovia is hosting an evening of Highland high jinks within the chic Lobby Bar, soundtracked by live music from the renowned Licence to Ceilidh band. Against a backdrop of marble, rich velvet a roaring fire, guests can sip on Chivas Regal whisky cocktails and enjoy complimentary vegetarian and meat haggis bites.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP, editionhotels.com
Boisdale (Canary Wharf, Mayfair, Belgravia)
Burns Night is like Christmas Day at Boisdale, the tartan-clad restaurant group with outposts in Mayfair, Belgravia and Canary Wharf. Kilted waitresses are serving a four-course feast of Orkney salmon, Hebridean crab and Highland red deer, with pairing wines and generous whisky measures. A live piper will address the haggis in true Scottish style, followed by a late-night party with music from the restaurant's resident swing band.
Wiltons (St James's)
The impeccably smart seafood stalwart, Wiltons in St James’s, is honouring the Bard with a decadent six-course tasting menu. The evening begins with Loch Ryan oysters and whisky sour cocktails, followed by smoked Loch Duart salmon, cock-a-leekie soup and haggis. The meal finishes with a supreme cheese board and a dram, naturally.
From £85 per person, wiltons.co.uk
The whisky trolley is set to be the highlight of 34 Mayfair's Burns Night celebrations, which begin at lunchtime this Friday. A four-course menu includes Highland venison, haggis croquette and the requisite neeps and tatties, crowned in whisky sauce. With handsome leather banquettes and a gleaming marble bar, the art deco dining room is the ideal anecdote to dreary January.
34 Grosvenor Square Entrance on, S Audley Street, London W1K 2HD
Plum + Spilt Milk (King's Cross)
Plum + Spilt Milk, the smart restaurant within the Great Northern Hotel by King’s Cross, takes its name from the carmine and ivory livery worn onboard the Flying Scotsman. It is therefore only fitting that it should celebrate Burns Night in quintessential Scottish style, complete with a live piper. Traditional haggis, neeps and tatties will be served with Dalmore whisky and a hearty dose of Highland cheer.
St Pancras Station, Pancras Road, London N1C 4TB
Mac & Wild (Fitzrovia, Liverpool Street)
Acclaimed Scottish restaurant Mac & Wild is hosting a whole week of Robert Burns-themed festivities, including a haggis-making masterclass this Thursday evening. On Burns Night itself, guests can sink their teeth into a decadently dirty neeps & tatties burger, created in collaboration with Haig Club whisky, and a crispy deep fried mars bar dessert, served with Glenfiddich high balls. Burn off dinner with an eightsome reel or three at London’s only silent disco ceilidh, open until 2am.
Brigadiers (The City)
Brigadiers, the modern Indian barbecue restaurant and high-end sports bar in the City, is placing an Indian twist on Burns Night this weekend. Warm up with live bagpipes and whisky Hot Toddys on the heated terrace, followed by a fiery medley of haggis kofta and Scottish salmon tikka in the main restaurant. A handful of lucky revellers will also win a complimentary card, worth £75, to use in the restaurant's self-service whisky vending machine (yes, that's really a thing).
1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR, brigadiers.com