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...Places to celebrate Burns Night

Date: 21.01.11 Category:

“In case you need an excuse to drink Whisky, Burns Night is only a wee way away.”

January 25th marks the birthday of Scotland's literary laureate Robert Burns, giving reason to celebrate with a hearty supper of traditional Scottish cuisine and a wee dram of whisky at some of London's finest establishments.

For live entertainment head to the Fifth Floor Restaurant at Harvey Nichols for an evening of traditional music and poetry to accompany a four-course menu with matching whiskies (£45 per person), specially created by Scottish Head Chef Eryk Fojcik. And for an exemplary exhibition of Scottish hospitality, take a party of eight people or more to Boisdale (set menus from £42 per person) where you will have haggis delivered to your table with piping from the honourable Pipe-Major Willie Cochrane and Ode to a Haggis recited in full. Still promising a lively (yet somewhat less confronting) atmosphere, Sam's Brasserie and The Cow are also planning live piping performances and recital of a selection of the bard's greatest works.

Ever a stylish affair, Kettners have devised a set menu especially for Burns Night featuring Scottish favourites that are guaranteed to please. And if tradition calls for a Burns Night celebration with family, the festivities at child-friendly Harrison's (£15 for 2-courses, £18 for 3-courses) will make for a fun and jovial evening.

A traditional offering of haggis, neeps and tatties is being served at St Pancras Grand and The Barbican Restaurant (£18 for 2-courses, £24 for 3-courses), where Lady Blonde readers will receive a complimentary dram of Glenmorangie whisky. And First Restaurant Group are offering Lady Blonde readers the opportunity to toast the life of Scotland's greatest poet with a complimentary scotch-on-the-rocks when dining at The Ebury, The Waterway and The Running Horse on Burns Night.

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Fifth Floor

Fifth Floor

Restaurant with bar

"Champagne in the newly designed bar is perfect for both shopping sustenance, and to kick off a glamorous evening."

Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ

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Sam's Brasserie

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Sam's Brasserie

Restaurant with bar

"With special menus, things to colour in and more, the tots will be more than happy whilst you enjoy the best hangover-curing..."

11 Barley Mow Passage, London W4 4PH

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The Cow

The Cow

Pub

"Oysters, Guiness and cigars? It sounds like a recipe for disaster but this is one of the most popular pubs in the area."

89 Westbourne Park Road, London W2 5QH

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Kettners

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Kettners

Restaurant

"The Champagne Bar at Kettner's offers a sophisticated retreat in central Soho."

29 Romilly Street, London W1D 5HP

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Harrison's

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Harrison's

Restaurant

"Informal but vibrant, this is a neighbourhood brasserie that hits just the right spot whether you are there for a family lunch,..."

15-19 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9EX

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St Pancras Grand

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St Pancras Grand

Restaurant

"For those whose passports say 'Lothario' is their middle name, a trip to St Pancras restaurant or bar before hopping on the..."

Upper Concourse, St Pancras International, London NW1 2QP

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The Barbican Centre

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The Barbican Centre

Event space

"From a conservatory to a theatre, this versatile space seems to have it all."

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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The Ebury

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The Ebury

Restaurant

"Relaxed but refined, The Ebury offers a reputable retreat away from some of Chelsea and Pimlico's more pretentious hangouts."

11 Pimlico Road, London SW1W 8NA

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The Waterway

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The Waterway

Restaurant

"When the sun is out, the terrace at The Waterway is one of the most sought-after places to be and with good reason."

54 Formosa Street, London W92JU

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The Running Horse

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The Running Horse

Pub

"Where the Mayfair gents head for sustenance."

50 Davies Street, London SW1W 8NA

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