Every year on 25 January (which falls on a Sunday in 2015), Scotland celebrates the life of its national poet, Robert Burns. Wondering where to marking Burns Night? Help is at hand: Haute Time has the low-down on five haute spots sure to get you into the Scottish spirit without leaving London
On Saturday 24 January, newly-opened Chelsea restaurant, Rabbit will be celebrating Burns night by offering diners the perfect traditional Scottish Burns feast - think a special home-made haggis - fit for the bard himself. So for an authentic Burns night baw don your kilts and hop down to King’s Road…
172 Kings Road, SW3
2. Randall & Aubins
This winter, Burns night will be celebrated at the acclaimed Randall & Aubin restaurant with a finger-licking menu of Mussels in a whisky, caramelised onion and peppercorn sauce with fries and a Premium 1936 beer. Applauding Scotland's greatest poet, the Soho institution will be serving up the delicious menu not just for Burns Night but throughout the whole of January. Result.
14- 16 Brewer St, W1
3. M Restaurants
On Saturday 24 January, M Restaurants will be celebrating Robbie Burns night with an evening of delicious Scottish dishes, which the bard himself would be happy to tuck into. With a very special Glenmorangie marinated short rib Aberdeen Angus steak on offer for this night only and a warming whiskey cocktail to match, diners will be ready to do the highland fling before the night is out. M will also be asking its Twitter followers to pen their own poem that Burns himself would be proud of in just 140 characters: the winner will receive a magnum of gorgeous Glenmorangie. Sláinte!
2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2
4. Mr Fogg’s
Mr Fogg and his household staff will partner with their good friends from Scotland, Glenmorangie 10 Year Old Original Whisky, to host Bruton Lane's very own Burns Night celebration on Saturday 24 January. Guests will be welcomed by delightful little performances from a talented, tip top bagpiper, before they are all invited to toast the haggis with a glass of Glenmorangies finest and enjoy some delicious haggis canapés. The evening will then continue with a poetry recital that shall of course showcase a selection of Robert Burns best works. In true Scottish spirit, all household staff shall also be temporarily swapping their traditional Gieves & Hawkes military uniforms for a range of rather fetching and suitably festive kilts. Equally, Mr Foggs male guests shall also be encouraged to sport sporrans and kilts too.
15 Bruton Lane, W1
5. The Wild Game
Elsewhere The Wild Game Co will be celebrating Burns night with a whole week dedicated to the Scottish bard. Each day of the week will feature a different variety of haggis including wild boar with the week culminating in a traditional Burns Supper at their newly launched Charlotte Street pop-up. Diners can enjoy the finest haggis and venison sourced directly from the Scottish Highlands, in a charmingly rustic setting. And in keeping with tradition, on the evening of the 24 January, The Wild Game Co. have arranged for the haggis to be piped in and several of Robbie Burns poems to read allowed. The evening will end with a live sing-a-long of the Bards most famous poem: Auld Lang Syne.
65 Charlotte Street, W1