Top 10 Burns Night Restaurants In London
Every year on January 25, Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns, is celebrated with traditional food, verse and music. We have selected some of our favourite restaurants celebrating him with special menus and offers.
Overlooking the fountains of Cabot Place in a Gotham City style building, Boisdale of Canary Wharf is poised to become one of London’s most iconic dining and entertaining spots. Frequented by business types fresh from the high powered towers of Canary Wharf, Boisdale blends a stunning setting with comfort and a high level of service with a warm, smiling welcome. With Jools Holland as their music patron, you can’t go wrong.
Located in a converted Victorian wharf building on London’s famed Ladbroke Grove, The Dock Kitchen is the West London restaurant venture of Stevie Parle, one of the capital’s most exciting young chefs. Trained at The River Café, Moro and Petersham Nurseries, Stevie has a nose for the new and a keenness to experiment, resulting in a spontaneous, exciting modern rustic menu, constantly changing and built around the best and most interesting ingredients that happen to land on The Dock Kitchen’s chopping board.
Green's is practically an institution, and one that we cherish. From its clubby yet relaxed decor and ambience, to the shining freshness of its fish, Green's is unique among London restaurants. Fish dishes are perfectly cooked, whether practically unadorned, like grilled Dover sole, or beautifully sauced, like seared sea bass with saffron and fennel broth. Carnivores will delight in the highland venison, grilled fillet of beef, the bangers and mash or steak tartare.
Seriously sexy and sophisticated, this Michelin starred restaurant inside London’s St James’s Hotel and Club is one of the capital’s best kept gourmet secrets. Luxurious and discreet, Seven Park Place by William Drabble’s intimate dining room - with its glossy black walls, Deco-print banquettes and lavish wallpaper - is Diana Vreeland-esque, and the menu is a modern French work of art made with fresh British ingredients.
Rejuvenated and reinvigorated for the 21st century, The Rib Room and Restaurant is located in the heart of London’s Knightsbridge. For around fifty years, The Rib Room has played host to Hollywood stars, high-powered politicos, supermodels and royalty, the lavish surroundings and food appealing to the most discerning of diners. Styled by designer-du-jour Martin Brudnizki, The Rib Room and Restaurant is elegantly put together to combine heritage and modernity, encompassing a glamorous destination cocktail bar harking back to a bygone era and a unique cigar terrace alongside the main dining room space.
Kensington has never been lacking in the restaurant department but it now has an extra slice of Eastern glamour thanks to Min Jiang. A new breed of Chinese restaurant, Min Jiang occupies a stunning position high above the city on the tenth floor of the beautiful Royal Garden Hotel. For Burn’s Night Min Jiang has created a ‘Chinese Burns’ package for two in the bar.
One of the most stunning restaurants in the City of London, 1 Lombard Street Restaurant is close to the hearts of its lucky locals. It’s not only the spectacular interior of this Grade II Listed building with its Pietro Agostini neo-classical glass domes and sinuously curving banquettes that makes 1 Lombard Street so popular, but the fact that this all day venue really is so flexible.
Situated in an elegant Regency townhouse moments from Buckingham Palace, Boisdale of Belgravia is a Scottish restaurant fit for a laird. Decorated in masculine red and grey with, of course, bold tartan upholstered seating, Boisdale has a comfortable but chic look which doubtlessly appeals to Belgravia’s moneyed locals. With a number of spaces, including the atrium roofed Macdonald Bar, the lovely Courtyard Garden, and the comfortable Cigar Terrace, Boisdale of Belgravia really is suitable for any occasion from romantic diners to drinks with colleagues.
Blueprint Café restaurant located in London’s Design Museum offers spectacular views of the London skyline from Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Swiss Re building in the West, sweeping across and along the Thames to Canary Wharf in the East. In fact, the Blueprint Café provides each table with a pair of binoculars to get a closer look at the view – or spy on the warehouse flats opposite.
Tucked away in London's Limehouse in the East End, this buzzy little gastropub has a rich history and a robust menu filled with old-fashioned and new-fangled British favourites. Originally built as a Dock Master's house in 1905, The Narrow is set right on the banks of the Thames in what is now a grade II listed building, and the softly coloured and sympathetic décor chosen by Gordon Ramsay's gastropub mod squad has returned the building to its former glory.