Burns Night 2022: 11 of the best celebratory Burns Night suppers in London

If a baird is worth celebrating, he's worth celebrating properly. Here's where to head for a bonnie celebration this Burns Night

Updated on • Written By Rosie Conroy

Burns Night 2022: 11 of the best celebratory Burns Night suppers in London

A day held fondly in the heart of any Scot – plus all and any adoptive Scot – is Burn’s Night, the country’s official unofficial national day. While St Andrew’s Day might mark the calendar as the formal commemoration of Alba, Burns Night is when the main magic really happens.

On Tuesday the 25th of January each year the Scottish poet Robert Burns is celebrated in all his artistic glory. Giving him his appropriate dues, the day is filled with haggis, neeps, and tatties and usually a little bit of ceilidh dancing too, for good measure. Those who are happy to be out and about partying can expect a traditional three course meal – typically bookended by Cullen skink soup and a smoky cranachan pud – as well as a dram or two.

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While of course the very best Burns Night celebrations are to be had in Scotland, with Edinburgh hosting many a soiree, the best place in England for a right royal knees-up is certainly London. The UK’s capital has taken it upon itself to create a home from home for any revellers who choose to get stuck into a night of merrymaking. From fine dining, fancy dinners through to rough and rustic slap-up meals, Burns Night in London has something for everyone.

If it’s your first-time celebrating Burns Night in London then you’re in for a treat, and may we suggest a dress code of wearing something tartan for the evening. Other optional extras include finding a deep-fried Mars bar somewhere, partaking in a dram or three and of course indulging in a glass of Irn Bru to keep energy levels up. Guests are typically also encouraged to perform at Burns Night suppers, showing off their Scottish country dancing, reciting a classic poem or presenting a song. If you have a hidden talent, now’s the time to dust it off and take a moment to shine.

Boisdale of Belgravia

Tartan upholstery? Check. A lively atmosphere? Check? A bar stocked with the world’s best whiskys? Check. Boisdale of Belgravia is one of London’s only Scottish restaurants, and as such is a popular spot for people looking for an authentic experience in the heart of the capital. Between the 25-27 January 2022 the restaurant will be offering diners a four course meal accompanied by an address to the haggis and some good old fashioned bagpiping. The fourth course here is a haggis made from Dumfriesshire Blackface lamb accompanied by neeps, tatties and liquor, while starters include the choice of things like smoked salmon; Orkney herrings and a Scottish blue cheese salad with wildflower honey. Mains run from a Cullen Skink fish cake through to a prime Scotch steak. Boisdale also has a restaurant in Canary Wharf which is putting on a similar celebration.
Book now: Boisdale of Belgravia

Brigadiers

It might sound a little unorthodox, but on the 25 January 2022 Indian restaurant Brigadiers will be putting a spiced twist on a classic Burns Night dinner by fusing Scottish ingredients with Indian flavours. Dishes on the special menu include Shahi Highlands venison biryani feast served with neeps korma, and Scottish salmon tikka. Guests will also be able to add a whisky flight pairing option to the meal, including two Scottish whiskies and two Indian whiskies. Book in for the Burns Night Feast Menu for £65 per person. 
Book now: Brigadiers

Ham Yard Hotel

Providing a taste of the Highlands this year, the Ham Yard Hotel in the heart of London’s west end is putting on a special Scottish menu come the 25 January. Here you’ll find three courses that kick off with a rich Cullen Skink before moving onto mains of haggis, neeps and tatties - which is of course served with a wee dram. Dessert is a poached rhubarb cranachan made up of layers of rhubarb, yogurt, oats and honey. For those who enjoy a well-mixed drink, there are also bespoke Scottish cocktails available. The Ham Yard Hotel is part of the Firmdale Hotels group so a similar menu is available across all their sites which includes the Charlotte Street Hotel, Haymarket Hotel and the Dorset Square Hotel.
Book now: Ham Yard Hotel 

Rotunda

If you prefer things a little more lowkey, why not take the gas off a bit and save yourself a spot at Rotunda’s whisky tasting? Here in the heart of King’s Cross, you’ll be led through a whisky tasting with the experts from Whyte & Mackay. You’ll enjoy a welcome drink before being taken through a series of single malts, all accompanied by a selection of small sharing plates that are created with the very best Scottish ingredients.
Book now: Rotunda

Galvin Bar & Grill

Burns Night doesn’t get much more refined than an evening spent settling into a spot at a Michelin starred table. On the 25th January Galvin Bar & Grill will be sharing a vibrant menu of Scottish dishes and carefully picked whiskys. Cullen Skink kicks things off, a traditional Scottish leek and haddock soup, while meat-lovers are also given the choice of enjoying plates of glazed highland beef ribs for starters. The star of the show is of course the haggis, neeps and tatties for main, while dessert brings a delicious sounding raspberry cranachan trifle. Hot drinks and tablet finish things off for a wonderfully high-end celebration.
Book now: Galvin Bar & Grill

Park Row

The UK’s first DC inspired restaurant might not be the first place you’d look when hunting for Burns Night celebrations in London, but the team here never overlook an opportunity for a party. Join them as they put on an evening of top-class Scottish food and drink in association with Glenfiddich, The world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky. You’ll start the night with cocktails and canapes before dinner is piped in (haggis, neeps and tatties, of course). After dinner you’ll be treated to a ceilidh band and the opportunity to take to the dance floor.
Book now: Park Row

Bourne & Hollingsworth

The pretty, Instagrammable surrounds of Bourne & Hollingsworth in Clerkenwell play host to a pretty impressive party come the 25th January, offering guests five courses and a whole lot of entertainment. You’ll be greeted by a welcome cocktail and a traditional piper before you get stuck into a classic supper. The haggis will be addressed and toasted – of course – and there’ll be a recital of the Selkirk Grace. Following the feast you’ll join in singing a rendition of Auld Lang Syne before finishing things off with a traditional jig or two during the evening's ceilidh celebrations.
Book now: Bourne & Hollingsworth

Deeney’s

Day to day Deeney’s appeal lies in the brand’s hugely popular haggis toasties which managed to take it from a street food stall through to an international player (there’s even a Deeney’s stall in Tokyo now). Come Burns Night and the brand’s offering is a popular party, putting on a supper of all the traditional bells and whistles for diners to get stuck into with the added bonus of ticket sales going towards charity. This one’s held on a Saturday so is great if you want to really let your hair down. If you can’t make it to the London location for the night then why not take a taste of Deeney’s home with you instead? The guys here have come up with a DIY meal kit where they’ll send you everything you need to make a feast of haggis, neeps and tatties from the comfort of your own home.

The Farrier

Camden Market's first ever pub, The Farrier, is jumping in the kitchen to host a home-style Burns Night celebration dinner this year, for one night and one night only (27 January). The three-course sit down dinner will feature smoked salmon on tattie scones or leekie soup, followed by traditional haggis, neeps  and tatties with charred cavolo nero, honeyed oats and red berry reduction, and rounded off with an indulgent 'Cranacotta'. Not around on the night? Never fear, because the pub will also be serving a host of Scotch cocktails throughout the week. Tickets for the Burns Night dinner cost £22 per person.
Book now: The Farrier

St Mary’s Church

If you’re serious about your Burns Night celebrations, you may well be committed to a ceilidh. London’s Ceilidh Club – naturally – has the answer in its annual dinner dance held at St Mary’s Church in Marylebone. You’ll be treated to the full works including a band and dance caller (for those of us who don’t know our Strip the Willow from our Gay Gordons) guiding you through the moves needed. The buffet dinner includes haggis, neeps and tatties as well as veggie and vegan options for plant-based eaters. Expect a big crowd looking to have a good time all accompanied by the sweet sound of bagpipes.

Skylight Peckham

South of the river you’ll find Skylight Peckham, an expansive rooftop destination that attracts a lively crowd every night of the week. Come the 25th there’ll be the usual merrymakers with the addition of an expert-led whisky tasting. Join the team from Glenmorangie X to run through a range of interesting serves, all while enjoying a series of sharing plates inspired by Scotland, carefully devised by head chef Karan Ghosh. Think crispy spiced neeps and tatties terrine with chipotle mayo; haggis sausage rolls with port and red onion chutney; and Scottish fish cakes with home-made tartare sauce. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, and you can expect some special poetry recitals too.

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