Every year on January 25 (which falls on a Wednesday in 2016), Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, is celebrated with traditional food, verse, music – and drink. Even the Sassenach stronghold of London can’t resist the odd dram, so we've rounded up some of the best places to enjoy Burns Night suppers in London restaurants as well as some cracking Burns celebrations in London bars and clubs.
Burns Night suppers in London
Grand, striking brasserie set in an old bank, with all-white walls and hints of marble. A great place to impress all your City mates.
The food: Three courses of Burns Night classics with some fun additions, such as the salmon scotch egg.
The drink: Nothing special, however the extensive bar menu will leave you spoilt for choice.
The fun: Bagpipes and the traditional haggis address.
Go for: The complimentary cocktail that is awarded to those who wear a kilt or some tartan. Sounds like a deal.
£45. 7pm, Jan 25.Book now Read more
Relaxed yet sophisticated eating and drinking in the heart of Marylebone.
The food:A three-course set menu of Scotland's unique delicacies, including the infamous deep-fried Mars Bar.
The fun: Love it or hate it, the music of a highland piper will accompany your meal.
Go for:An 'idiot's guide' to Scotland's culinary fare at an affordable price.
£40. From 5pm, Jan 25.Book now Read more
Self-appointed as ‘Scotland’s unofficial embassy in London’, Boisdale purposefully hits every cliché, from mounted stag heads to a tartan carpet.
The food: A four-course menu of haggis-heavy fare, but eat before 9pm to avoid missing the show.
The drink: There’s no chance of you being left high and dry with the bar’s extensive list of fine whisky.
The fun: The house band will be providing a mixture of swing, classic pop and the odd Scottish surprise.
Go for: Probably the most Scottish experience you’ll get this side of Hadrian’s Wall.
£75. Music from 9.45pm, Jan 23.Book now Read more
Suitably seaside-shack-esque (for a seafood restaurant), with a Scottish-themed menu over the preceding weekend and a five-course meal for the main event.
The food: Traditional Burns Night favourites combined with the seafood staples that the restaurant does so well, like cock-a-leekie soup with rock oysters.
Go for: A fishy twist on the Scottish celebration (if you don’t mind splashing the cash that is).
£50. From 6pm, Jan 25.Book now Read more
A glamourous evening of eating and drinking in the leafy surroundings of this greenhouse and garden room.
The food: A five course banquet of Scottish classics, including haggis – piped, dressed and toasted the traditional way.
The drink:Choose from a selection of premium whiskeys or opt for a whiskey cocktail if you're feeling adventurous.
The fun: Bagpipes and the traditional haggis address.
Go for: A full evening of live music and classic Burns night traditions will make the price tag more palatable.
£55. 6.30pm Jan 25.Read more
Part of the Gordon Ramsay brand, with huge floor-to-ceiling windows on one side and an open kitchen on the other.
The food: Four courses of classics, such as cullen skink, haggis and clootie pudding.
The drink: A selection of Scotch whisky from The Balvenie, expertly paired with each course.
Go for: Good quality food and drink, prepared by head chef Paul Shearing and Balvenie brand ambassador James Buntin.
£55. From 7pm, Jan 25.Book now Read more
Celebrate in style with the official Burns Club of London.
The food: A formal three-course menu with haggis as the star attraction. The drink: A paired selection of wines and whisky will accompany the dinner.
The fun: A full bill of toasts, singing and pipes will see the evening through in style.
Go for: Guest speakers including MP Eleanor Laing and Scottish rugby player Peter Brown.
£75. 6.30pm, Jan 23.Book now Read more
Attractive and stylish wood-panelled dining room of the Brown’s Hotel, Mayfair.
The food: Scottish-themed selection of sharing plates and set-menu dinner, mixing tradition with the unusual – try Blackface haggis with bashed neeps alongside red deer curry.
The drink: A selection of Glenmorangie whiskies have been specially paired with each course.
The fun: Comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli will be celebrating the life and works of Robert Burns.
Go for: A Scottish supper with Indian influence, set in luxurious surroundings.
£95. 7pm, Jan 25.Read more
This bright, tiled dining room is part of the Mark Hix brand, specialising in meat and seafood.
The food: British produce with influences from all over the world, such as Speyside red deer curry and floating islands with Yorkshire rhubarb.
The drink: Start and end your meal with two offerings of Glenmorangie: the original and the signet.
Go for: There will also be a special selection of Irn-Bru cocktails. Because who doesn’t love Irn-Bru?
£35. 5pm-11pm, Jan 25.Book now Read more
Impeccably upholstered, luxurious American steakhouse.
The food: No set menus here, dip in and out of the Scottish-themed menu (including salmon, venison and a haggis croquettes) as you please.
The drink: There are two themed cocktails, both including 12 year-old Chivas Regal and served in a traditional quaich (shallow two-handled Scottish drinking container).
Go for: People who know how to handle their meat well.
Approx £45. From 6pm, Jan 23-25.Book now Read more
Burns Night celebrations in London
‘Around the World in 80 Days’ crossed with ‘Braveheart’.
The food: A traditional toast, followed by the freshly ‘murdered’ haggis in a selection of canapes.
The drink: Punchy, exciting cocktails from knowledgeable staff members.
The fun: A recital of several of Burns’ most loved poems for guests to enjoy.
Go for: The household staff will be swapping their usual livery for kilts, although we’ll leave it up to you to find out if they are wearing anything underneath.
6pm, Jan 25.Book now Read more