One of the great things about London and the UK in general is the great mix of cultures from all over the world that all come together here. There’s also a very strong Irish, Scots and Welsh history here as those countries are our neighbours. One of the best celebrations in Scottish culture is Burns Night (officially on 25th January). In honour of the poet Robbie Burns (or Rabbie in Scotland) since 1801, it’s become a great night out to party and make sure you have at least a whisky in honour of the great man!
Here’s some of the funky Burns night shenanigans happening in London in the next week:
1) Mr Foggs Residence, Mayfair
Quirky yet stylish cocktail bar Mr Foggs Residence in Bruton Lane is going full on Scottish theme for Burns night , with a retro-Victorian authentic take on the night. We are liking the idea of ‘Haggis Pops’ – makes the traditional food accompaniment to a shed load of whisky sound sexy!
2) Bourne and Hollingsworth Burns Night Extravaganza
These stylish party folk rarely disappoint so expect sophisticated fun with whisky cocktails, banqueting, poetry recitals and a traditional ‘ceilidh’ (a traditional Scottish or Irish social gathering for those of us non-Celtic peeps).
There’s be Whisky tasting and if you pay extra you can go for the full Five Course Dinner including drinks and entertainment.
Laddies and Lassies are invited to don their finest tartan attire and enter the stunning cocktail bar for a welcome whisky cocktail reception, a choice from a cocktail menu of specially created Burns night creations, complete with the traditional Burns night bagpiper!
Check it out on Nightset for ticket info.
3) Spirited Sermons – Burns Night Special at Reverend JW Simpson
On 30th January, The Reverend invites you to another of his Sermons, which unlike the more traditional type of sermon, is a little more fun and involves learning about fine cocktails and spirits and the art of mixing them .
They’ve partnered with Copper Dog blended malt scotch whisky to bring Rabbie Burns to life with an evening of Copper Dog cocktails, whisky and words.
Tickets are priced at £15 and include a tasting flight of 3 expressions and 3 cocktails.
4) Burns Night at The Fellow
Between 25th and 28th Jan, you can raise a toast to Scotland’s best loved poet in this cool pub / bar behind Kings Cross on York Way.
In the bar they’ll be playing a completely Scottish playlist from 8pm and they’ll be some Scottish food specials on the menu and some awesome whisky based cocktails.