Taking place on January 25th, Burns Night celebrates the Scottish poet Robert Burns. He was the most famous poet to write in the Scots language, and one of the main influencers of the European Romantic movement in the 18th century.
The main theme of this festival is traditional Scottish food & drink, along with plenty of music and dancing. So if you’re pushed for time, you don’t have to go all the way to the Highlands to celebrate! This is our guide of where to celebrate burns night in London.
The Boisdale Restaurants
Proudly proclaimed Scotland’s unofficial London embassy, the Boisdale is a great spot to sample some traditional Scottish cuisine. This year, on January 24th, the restaurant is serving a choice of delicious Scottish oak-smoked salmon, 70% Valrhona Dark chocolate fondant, and other Scottish specialities, all accompanied by top-notch whisky, of course! These Burns Day celebrations take place at the Boisdale Belgravia and Canary Wharf restaurants, the latter of which is a members’ event.
1 Lombard Street, City of London
On January 25th, Head to 1 Lombard Street at the heart of the City for more delicious Scottish haggis, bag pipes and whisky. Look forward to an inspiring Scottish menu from talented Head Chef Juri, with dishes such as smoked salmon scotch egg, ‘macdrunken’ prawns, and rhubarb & oatmeal crumble. This restaurant is also close to the opulent 5-star hotel The Ned and the charming Cannon Bridge Roof Gardens, two of the leading events spaces listed on Venueseeker.
The Bread Street Kitchen, Mansion House
Close to St Paul’s Cathedral, Bread Street Kitchen is a Gordon Ramsay restaurant in a magnificent award-winning warehouse-themed space. This year, on January 25th, the venue celebrates Burns Night with a mouthwatering five-course dinner with dishes ranging from grilled Scottish langoustines to Dalmore marmalade steamed pudding and custard. You can also treat yourself to some quality Dalmore Single Malt Whisky as well.
The Bonnie Gull, near the West End
It doesn’t get more Scottish than this, at least in London. Bonnie Gull offers some of the tastiest seafood in London, with a walk-in-only restaurant at Soho and another seafood shack at Fitzrovia that can be booked in advance. This year, on January 25th, the restaurants celebrate the Burns Supper with a tailored Scottish menu and plenty of whisky. Expect lots of bagpipe-playing and Scottish-poetry readings too!