We have the best excuse to fall off the wagon a week early! The annual celebration of the life of Robert Burns, the national poet of Scotland. Burns himself was known to have a good old knees up and it would be bad form indeed not to follow suit. Traditionally Burns Night involves whisky, haggis, more whisky, bagpipes, more whiskey, kilts, more whiskey then dancing all leading to a night of pure Scottish debauchery
The Wonder List team has picked the best places in London to get your Mars Bar dipped and fried.
Pollen Street Social
25-26 January, from 7pm
Want to impress or need a huge hit of Michelin-starred food this is the Burns Night experience, your best bet is this offering from Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social.
Alongside the traditional Burns Night fare, you’ll get Isle of Mull langoustine, braised oxtail and paired cocktails for each course – make sure you have a light lunch because there is 9 course… its time for the wheels to really come off.
To book call 020 7290 7600
Saturday 25th January, from 6pm
Get all the Burns Night classics in the heart of the city at the Devonshire Club, a hotel and private members’ club.
Alongside the traditional cock-a-leekie soup, haggis and cranachan (as well as deep-fried Mars bars), diners will experience a performance from Matthew Supranowicz, winner of the 2015 world championship with his pipe band Shotts and Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band.
£35pp for three courses
Saturday 25th January, from 7.30pm
Craft London, which received incredible reviews when it opened, is hosting what it promises will be a fun-filled evening of traditional Burns Night food and festivities.
The restaurant is teaming up with boutique Scotch producers Compass Box, so expect some excellent tipple with your food. Chef Stevie Parle will be on hand to introduce each course, while Compass Box’s team will guide you through the whiskies.
There will also be poetry readings, the addressing of the haggis, and much more.
Vegan Burns Night – Emi’s Good Eating, Hampstead
Sunday 26th January, 7pm
With veganism all the rage this January, it’s unsurprising that a vegan Burns Night has popped up. If you’re sceptical of missing out on the finest Scottish seafood or an offal-y haggis, fear not, as this night is hosted by the excellent supper club chef Emilia Leese.
On the menu is a vegan cock-a-leeky soup, haggis (minus the entrails), and a sticky toffee cranachan, proving that vegans can still celebrate Burns Night.
As an added bonus, proceeds are going to Baraka Community Partnerships, a charity helping to support vulnerable children in Zambia.
When Mr Fogg’s Met Robbie Burns
Saturday 25th January, from 5pm
The eccentric Mayfair boozer is going Burns crazy this year.
There’ll be bagpipes aplenty, poetry recitals, and delicious haggis pops (a deep-fried haggis snack) provided by Mac & Wild. The finest whiskies Glenfiddich have to offer will be available, and all staff will be in full Scottish attire – with guests strongly advised to follow suit.
Minimum spend of £25pp for groups of four or more