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Burns Night in London

25 January 1759 marks an important day in history: the birth of Scottish poet Robert Burns. What better way to celebrate his life and works by eating, drinking and dancing? Whether you are going for the traditional sit-down dinner (of course including haggis), or are more interested in the drinks the Scots have to offer – this guide will explain give you the info on the best places to be in the city for Burns Night 2018 in London!

Dinner:

  1. The Narrowboat in Islington.
    The name gives it away: The Narrowboat is a pub, on the water. On Burns Night, The Narrowboat offers a 5-course meal including whisky in between courses. Bringing this all together with a poetry recital, this sounds like a lovely Scottish evening. Booking are definitely needed, which you can do here.
    Date: 25 January
  2. The White Horse in Fulham.
    Every year, The White Horse hosts a cracking Burns Night evening. This year, with a 5 course meal and beers served by Fierce Beer (The Scottish Beer Award Winner of 2017), it is bound to be the best one yet. Not only will there be a piper and a fiddler, you can also listen to a live poetry performance. Get in touch with The White Horse for tickets here.
    Date: 24 January
  3. HIX Restaurant in Soho.
    Interested in fancying up your Scottish meal? HIX does this perfectly. A menu with the likes of: ‘rack of Speyside roe deer’ and ‘cranachan with poached rhubarb’ for pudding, HIX will bring all the class to your Burns Night celebration. Book a table by following this link.
    Date: 25 January

Drinks:

  1. Rev. JW Simpson in Fitzrovia.
    Reverend JW Simpson has teamed up with Copper Dog to host an evening of cocktail masterclasses. There is a 6.30 and 8.30, so perfect for either a pre-dinner or pre-party celebration. For a £15 ticket, you get to listen to the cocktail bartenders’ wisdom to finish off with trying to shake up the drinks yourself! Tickets can be bought online here.
    Date: 30 January
  2. Lamb Tavern in The City.
    The Lamb Tavern has collaborated with the kings of whisky – Glenfiddich, to present to you the best drinks to celebrate the Scottish bard. Adam Handling will be presenting his take on the traditional dishes in tapas form and Matt Whiley of Scout will get you to taste his creations of cocktails. There will be music, poetry and more, but the keyword for this evening is ‘experimental’. Everything with an experimental take on Burns’ work. Tickets are £15 and you can buy them here.
    Date: 23 January
  3. Black Horse in Kingston.
    This Kingston based pub always has fun events on, but their celebration of Burns with a Whisky tasting sounds like something we wouldn’t want to miss. A classic, introductory evening to the art of tasting Whisky. With tickets costing only £10 and including 4 tastings and light bites to pair, this evening won’t break the bank either. Limited places left, so book your ticket here.
    Date: 25 January.

Dancing:

  1. Ceilidh Club in Hammersmith Town Hall.
    Ceilidh Club celebrate Burns Night with a an evening of traditional Scottish dancing. There will be people on site to show you all the steps, so do not fear! There is a poetry recital and buffet style food, to keep you energised in between all the dancing. Tickets cost £36, and you can book them here.
    Dates:19, 20, 26 and 27 January, and 3 February.
  2. The Sun Tavern in Bethnal Green.
    With their award-winning Whisky list, The Sun Tavern must be able to pull of a Burns Night. With a poetry recital and Scottish DJ, the only thing that would make this evening even better is with a cocktail created especially for this night. And guess what, they have it – and it’s only £6. No tickets needed, just walk in as you wish.
    Date: 25 January
  3. The O2 Academy in Islington.
    Every Saturday, this legendary venue hosts ‘Burn Down The Disco’, an evening of dancing and great tunes. This Saturday, in memory of Robert Burns, it is ‘Burn’s Down The Disco’ night. As to be expected, the DJ will play an array of Scottish tunes. It is up to you to find your favourite whisky! Tickets are £5.50 which you can buy here.
    Date: 27 January

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