That's me at the Callanish standing stones on the Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides, earlier this year. A magical place!
My concept is to bring some famous Scottish hospitality to London and surrounding areas.
Whether it's the pop up whisky bar, a fun whisky tasting session or a guided walking tour there's sure to be a way for you to experience that Scottish spirit.
Scottish culture is unique and can be found in all corners of the world, something I'm extremely passionate about and I'd love to share that with you in some small way!
My mission is to make Scottish single malt whisky accessible to all. For too long whisky has had an image problem. If you think it's expensive, difficult to navigate and only 'an old mans drink' then think again!
Forget about connoisseurs and experts, hire the bar, taste some whisky and make up your own mind. Let me bring the orange antlers and over 20 Scottish single malts to your wedding, private party, corporate or other fun event.
The bar covers from London to the South coast and beyond. I've divided the malts in to 4 areas of taste and cover all 6 of the main whisky producing areas. There will be a plan on the bar to help you choose. There might even be a couple of bottles of rare whisky hiding under the bar.
To keep things simple I only have 3 mixers; natural highland spring water (my preferred choice), ice cubes (don't listen to the experts) or more whisky.
There are even a couple of whisky cocktails and craft Scottish gins if that's your thing! The bar also stocks a small selection of quality hand rolled Cuban and Honduran cigars that you can enjoy paired with your scotch.
Alongside the bar I also host fun informal whisky tasting events. Perfect for private parties and corporate events. For prices to hire the bar and tastings please see below. To book or enquire please complete the contact form below or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks.
Did you now that London has several Scottish landmarks? Some you might recognise others need some local knowledge. Join an authentic Glaswegian as we discover Scotland right in the heart of London. There are 2 tours to choose from.
Explore some great London pubs as we go on our scotch journey.
Learn how whisky in Scotland was first produced, who started making it, the illicit trade and what made it the drink it is today.
Discover the different whisky producing areas of Scotland and learn how each has it's own particular history and taste profile.
If you think all scotch is smoky and peaty then think again! By the end of the evening you will know your single malts from your blends.
In the pub we can enjoy a dram and share some stories, a Scottish tradition dating back centuries. I don't include the price of any whisky in the tour to give you the freedom in each pub to buy what you want. However I will recommend good value drams and ensure you get a broad taste of the different flavours and regions.
Find out if you prefer Lowlands, Speyside or maybe you're a fan of the Highlands? Each person will be given a whisky tasting map to take notes and I will explain where each whisky is positioned.
Departure Point: Exit of Temple Underground Station (Circle and District lines)
Departure time: 6.00pm
Must be booked in advance: Yes (please click below)
Max Group Size: 6
Age: Strictly 18+ (please bring ID)
Pubs Visited: 3 or 4 depending on how long we spend in each
Drinks Included: No. Recommended to bring £20 (cash or card) to enjoy 3 or 4 whiskies. Please feel free to purchase other drinks in each pub
Walking Distance: 2.5 Miles
Duration: Approximately 3hrs
Finish point: Close to Covent Garden
Join me on a walking tour as we explore some Scottish landmarks right in the heart of London. Some you may recognise others need a little local knowledge.
We'll start by visiting the statue that commemorates where Scotland's most famous freedom fighter was executed over 700years ago. Discover whether he did actually shout 'Freedom'!
Pass a few lesser know landmarks as we wander back towards central London.
Walk along a short stretch of the embankment and hear how a Glaswegian helped build one of London's most famous and iconic bridges.
Finish at the statue of Scotland's national poet Rabbie Burns. Hear about his humble beginnings and life that is still celebrated around the world. I'd be surprised if you didn't know at least one of his poems or songs!
As we walk round I will share some of Scotland's national drink, no not whisky but Irn Bru! Keep fuelled by trying some sweet snacks popular at home.
Departure Point: Exit of Barbican underground station (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines)
Departure time: Various
Must be booked in advance: Yes (please click below)
Max Group Size: 8
Age: All welcome
Included: Small sample of Irn Bru and traditional snacks
Walking Distance: 2 Miles
Duration: Approximately 1hr 30mins
Finish point: Close to Embankment underground station
Private and bespoke tours with alternative departure times can be arranged. Great for corporate events, stag and hen parties, birthdays etc. Please email email@example.com for details.
Please remember these are walking tours and a reasonable level of fitness is required.
What to Bring/Wear
Although sunnier and drier than Glasgow please check the weather before the tour starts and bring an umbrella if required! Sensible walking shoes, clothes for the British weather, cash/card to buy drinks (Tour 1), camera, sense of humour. Bottle of water during warmer days might be handy.
To book now please click below.
Card payments accepted including contactless as long as venue has mobile signal or WiFi. A Temporary Events Notice (TEN) can be applied for on your behalf if required.
Starting from £100 the bar comes to your event and it's a cash bar. No drams sold no problem, the hire fee covers costs. All drinks priced between £3.00 and £6.00 Cigars start from £5.00
Hire the bar then pay to treat you guests to some drinks or tastings. The cost of a drink can either be a whisky or gin with mixer or 3 whisky tastings.
Hire the bar, £100, then purchase some drink tokens at £4.00 each, say 50 which would cost £200. Buy as many or as few tokens as you want.
Issue your tokens to guests to allow them to enjoy any whisky/gin on the menu or 3 whisky tastings. Example Total £300.
Cash bar also operates.
Starting from £15 per person I can offer private whisky tastings. I can visit your home, office or other venue of your choice and provide everything required from glasses to place mats.
This is a great option for smaller events where you don't require the bar to be set up. Good for small private parties, after dinner entertainment, stag and hen events etc. Note if you require the pop up bar please choose option 1 or 2 above.
Whiskies may change subject to availability but the aim is always to have 20 different malts.
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