Where to celebrate Burns Night as a group

Where to celebrate Burns Night as a group

Updated on 13 January 2019 • Written By Tonje Odegard

Where to celebrate Burns Night as a group
Get your best tartan on and go full Scottish for Burns Night on 25 January 2019. Here are the top spots for groups to celebrate 
 

Number Five at Devonshire Club, Liverpool Street 

 
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What? A traditional Burns Night dinner finished with a deep-fried Mars bar
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? World champion piper, Matthew Supranowicz, will be entertaining for the evening. From 7pm onwards, groups can devour a menu of traditional cock-a-leekie soup, haggis with neeps and tatties with a whisky gravy, and cranachan for pudding. There’s an alternative menu of smoked salmon, crème fraiche and lemon, followed by fish pie, finished with a Scottish cheese board. 
 
How much? £28pp for two courses | £35pp for three courses  
 
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Mac & Wild Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street 

 
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What? The perfect spot for the full Scottish experience 
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? Mac & Wild do not only serve up high-quality Scottish produce such as quality venison, lobster and salmon (not to mention top-notch whisky). There are also interesting twists on neeps and tatties – the haggis pops is a must-try, the tattie tots are delicious (and vegan) and the venison scotch egg is a novel and tasty experience, made with venison, black pudding and haggis. The snazzy PDR further makes it ideal for groups and you can go full Scottish and be transported to the Highlands with the virtual shooting range. 
 
How much? Minimum spends apply for the PDR and set menus start from £60pp | The virtual shooting range is £600 per hour 
 
 
 

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

 
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What? An evening comprising the whole shebang of Burns Night with the haggis’ prayer and the plunging dagger surrender 
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? Fortnum & Mason’s Gallery is a pretty neat spot for any occasion, but particularly so when putting on its Burns Night event, ideal for a group to attend. The four-course meal will start off with the long-held tradition of the Selkirk Grace – the triumphant procession of addressing the centrepiece haggis. There will be entertainment during the night (pipers will appear of course), before it concludes with the surrender to the plunging dagger blade of the dirk. Wines and whiskies will follow the ceremony.
 
How much? £75pp | Book here 
 
 

Skylight, Tobacco Dock

 
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What? A rooftop Burns Night party 
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? Maybe the fact that there won’t be any neeps, tatties or haggises. What there will be, though, is a range of Burns Night-inspired drinks and entertainment. Traditional pipers will welcome the evening in at 7pm, followed by a special highland dance performance at 8.30pm, and at 9.30pm the Piping of the Haggis and the ‘Ode to Haggis’ by Robby Burns will commence. Elsewhere, you can sign up to a whisky tasting and drink special Glenfiddich cocktails all night while listening to a specially-curated DJ set. Oh, and its famous ice rink will still be standing if you fancy a spin. 
 
How much? £3pp, which includes a free Glenfiddich cocktail on arrival | Book here 
 
 

Temper City, City

 
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What? A late-night party filled with drams and haggis tacos 
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? Excellent for groups wanting a twist on the traditional Burns Night celebrations. With haggis tacos (we’re intrigued) and beef shin stovies, there’ll be an abundance of aged-whisky drams (five types of them to be exact) at Neil Rankin’s joint. Food will be served sharing style and come with a side of entertainment and Irn Bru – open until 2am. 
 
How much? £95pp | Book here 
 
 

Barge East, Hackney Wick 

 
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What? A night of live music on a boat 
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? The three-course Scottish feast with live music, toast to the haggis and interactive Burns evening is elevated by being hosted in this beautiful barge might be reason alone to visit. But the boat’s lovely atmosphere (moored as it is in Hackney Wick), is another incentive. Locally sourced produce and rustic feels are further plusses. 
 
How much? £35pp | Book here 
 
 
 

Boisdale restaurants, various locations 

 
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What? An authentic Burns Night celebration with food and music 
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? The chain calls itself the ‘unofficial Scottish embassy in London’ and claims sanctuary for homesick Scots across its locations in Canary Wharf, Mayfair and Bishopsgate. Haggis (obvs), angus beef and smoked salmon will be served while pipers pipe and a live band performs. Whisky and wine will be in abundance too. 
 
How much? From £15pp depending on location | Canary Wharf bookings | Mayfair bookings | Bishopsgate bookings 
 
 

Haymarket Hotel, St. James 

 
Where to celebrate Burns Night as a group
 

 

What? A whisky masterclass 
 
Apart from the neeps, why go? No neeps! If Burns Night is synonymous with whisky for you, there’s nowhere better to go than to a whisky tasting masterclass – also great as a teambuilding experience. This can be found at the Haymarket Hotel, where a dram or two can be enjoyed with a selection of canapés. Scotsman Danny Whelan, an expert in scotch whisky, will host an evening of BenRiach’s unusual approach to Speyside Single Malt Scotch whisky.  
 
How much? £40pp | Book here
 
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