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Is there anything more Scottish than Burns night? Bagpipers, haggis, and readings of Robert Burn’s famous poems usually make up a traditional supper. Luckily, for London-based Scots, there are many options for where to spend January 25th.
Skylight Rooftop Bar, Docklands
London’s rooftop ice skating rink and bar is organising an alternate Burns night celebration, complete with cocktail on arrival, whisky tasting sessions throughout the night and a twist on a traditional poem reading. With live bagpipers, a highland dance performance and a live DJ, you’re in for an exciting and active Burns night here. Their famous ice skating rink will also be open on the night!
Top chef James Cochran has devised a five-course menu drawing on his Scottish roots and, while haggis does make an appearance, treacle cured salmon with smoked cod’s roe and Highland venison tartar are some of the imaginative dishes on offer. Teaming up with bestselling author Candice Carty-Williams to read her revised version of the address to the haggis, the ambiance of the night will see the live bagpiper replaced with a playlist featuring hip-hop legends. This is the event to attend if you’re looking for a modern take on the traditional Burns night supper.
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Brigadiers, Cannon Street
Indian restaurant meets army mess bar Brigadiers is putting a twist on the traditional Scottish supper, with dishes like haggis nargisi kofta and Scottish venison biryani. Alongside these unique dishes, you can opt-in to the whisky pairing menu and expect an appearance from a live bagpiper. If your principal is looking for a more intimate evening, private dining rooms with set menus are also available.
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Duke’s London, Mayfair
This Burns night soirée is perfect for the whiskey-and-cigar-loving principal. This elegant, historical hotel is opening its drawing room for a three-hour long celebration of whisky tasting and canapés. Though they’ll have to miss out on haggis and bagpipes, this sophisticated, paired back version of a Burns night is one to impress.
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