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Start a Scottish Love Affair

So, if you’re visiting the UK for the games this summer, get a dose of Scottish culture right here in London. Here are our suggestions of where to go.

 

Boisdale

Three vibrant restaurants with music venues across London bring a distinctly Scottish flavour to the capital. Expect plenty of cigars, whiskey, hearty haggis and tartan decor – it’s enough to make you think you’ve travelled to a castle north of the border.

The live music line-up is a roster of impressive jazz legends and stylish modern acts who bring a celebratory atmosphere to Boisdale evenings. Big-name acts like Jools Holland, The Three Degrees and Laura Mvula have played here recently. So, enjoy the atmosphere of a Scottish supper club and toast a Scotland win at the Commonwealth Games at Boisdale this summer.

Head to Boisdale’s venues at Canary Wharf (E14 4QT), Belgravia (SW1W 9LX), Bishopsgate (EC2M 4NR). 

William Wallace Memorial

On the wall of St Bartholomew’s Hospital, a William Wallace plaque overlooks the Smithfield spot where the legendary Scottish patriot was hung, drawn and quartered for treason following his defeat in the Battle of Falkirk.

Many historians think St Bartholomew the Great church, standing since 1123, was one of the last things Wallace would have seen as he was tortured to death. You can visit this atmospheric church today and pop across to see historic medical instruments at the 900-year-old St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum for a gripping and gruesome insight into mediaeval London.

See the William Wallace Memorial at Smithfield (EC1A 7AQ).

The Whiskey Thing Experience

Become a whiskey connoisseur and learn about the history, production and many flavours and characteristics of this popular Scottish tipple on the Malt Floor of The Distillery on Portobello Road. Book your Whiskey Thing Experience online then turn up to sample 10 distinct malt whiskeys from around the world.

You also craft your own whiskey blend and celebrate with a bespoke cocktail using your own recipe. It’s a fantastic way to celebrate Scotland in London during the 2022 Commonwealth Games this summer.

Visit The Whiskey Thing Experience, Portobello Road (W11 1LA). The nearest underground station is Ladbroke Grove.

Orasay

Take a trip to the Western Isles right here in London with a visit to Orasay, a stylish fish and seafood restaurant in Notting Hill. The neighbourhood bistro is named after the Scottish Island head chef and owner Jackson Brown visited for childhood holidays.

The menu is a subtle, elegant nod to the Western Isles and food from across Britain. Try Shetland cod with Delica pumpkin and chanterelles, Isle of Mull scallops or oysters from Lindisfarne. A cardamom rice pudding with pink forced rhubarb is the perfect way to finish off your meal.

Enjoy a meal at Orasay, Notting Hill (W11 2EU).

Statue of Robert Burns

With a quill in his hand and a scroll at his feet, the statue of Robbie Burns sits proudly in the Victoria Embankment Gardens, on the north side of the Thames. It was commissioned by fellow Scot John Gordon Crawford and created by Scottish sculptor Sir John Steele in 1884.

Rabbie himself never visited London, but for Scots in the capital looking for a place to mark the Commonwealth Games this summer, this is a great summer picnic spot. The park also has a cafe, bandstand, kids play park, and green gym. So, you could pick up a Tunnock’s Teacake and take a trip to see the great Scottish poet’s statue in the summer sunshine.

Explore the statue of Robert Burns at the Victoria Embankment Gardens (WC2R 3AA). The nearest underground station is Temple Station.


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