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The best Burns Night celebrations in South West London

The Christmas celebrations have receded to a dot in the background, so we are looking for another excuse for a party. Enter: Burns Night.

Bistro Union, Clapham, SW4 9NG

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This is a perfect one if you want a little nod to the celebrations but aren’t fussed about the bells and whistles (addressing the haggis, bagpipers…). In classic Bistro Union style, the food will be fantastic and refined. The 3 course menu-plus snacks- will feature smoked haddock gougeres, cock-a-leekie soup, haggis, neeps & tatties and finish with salted caramel shortbread.


Fiddle Paradiddle, Balham, SW2 4XW

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This Burns Night Ceilidh is the whole package. The evening kicks off at 7pm and there’ll be dancing starting from 7.15pm. Take a quick break for some haggis and a whiskey soaked pud at 8.15pm before returning to the dance floor. You’ll be lead through the ceilidh by Fiddle Paradiddle (aka ‘London’s wildest ceilidh band’) and there’ll be a pop up bar to keep the fun flowing.


The Little Orange Door, Clapham, SW4 7AB

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If there are two thing we know it’s that The Little Orange Door know how to throw a party and Burns Night is the perfect excuse for a party. So we weren’t even a little bit surprised when we heard about their event: The Ultimate Burns Night Supper. It’s a 3 course dinner and a house party afterwards and it’s what Robbie would have wanted.


The Marlborough, Richmond, TW10 6NQ

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Not only will you be in for a 3 course meal full of all the haggis, neeps and tattoos you could shake a kilt at, but this traditional Burns Night is also offering a whiskey tasting experience. The perfect way to wash down the Cullen skink!


Ginza, St. James, SW1Y 6AL

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Do Burns Night differently at Ginza this year where they are fusing “Scottish tradition and Japanese elegance“. Sip your way through a flight of Scottish bourbon and nibble on bites of Japanese food that have been carefully selected to enhance the flavours in the whiskies.


The White Horse, Parsons Green, SW6 4UL

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If you’re not free on the 25th January, then you’ll still be able to celebrate at the Sloany Pony. Your £40 ticket will get you your choice of a 3 course meal that’s all been influenced by Scotland. There’s the classics that you’d expect to see on a Burns Night menu, but if haggis isn’t your thing then there are some other options here for you: Scotch eggs, Scottish mussels and a gorgeous stem ginger sponge… served with Bourbon ice cream, of course. And on the whisky: you’ll have a flight of 3 different kinds to sip on throughout your meal (Monkey Shoulder, Glenfiddich 12 YO, The Balveie 12 YO).


Rose and Crown, Clapham, SW4 0JG

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The Rose and Crown are putting their own spin on some of the Scottish classics. Their cullen skink is made with smoked eel and they’ll be serving it with a cheese toastie (obviously made with Isle of Mull cheddar). And though there are creative twists, the whole menu will be a “celebration of Scotland’s culinary heritage“, all topped off with a dram of Glenfiddich 21 year old grand reserva. 


Boisdale Restaurant, Belgravia, SW1W 9LX

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This is a Scottish restaurant, so obviously they’re doing something for Burns Night, and obviously they’re going all out for it. It’s not just a 4 course dinner, bagpiper and address to the haggis, oh no, because during your meal you’ll be serenaded by Ali Affleck and her band, Bedlam Swing. Dinner and a show all in one!


The Cadogen Arms, Chelsea, SW3 5UG

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It couldn’t be a Burns Night guide without featuring The Cadogen Arms. This King’s Road spot has got a reputation for doing the 25th January really well for good reason. The whole evening costs £75 and you’ll be treated to a set 3 course meal, the first 2 courses are paired with an Aberfeldy 12yo based cocktail and the final course will be a simple dram of the good stuff. There’ll be an address to the haggis and a bagpiper too.


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