London showcase for best of Scottish culture
Scotland is celebrated in style this weekend as the two-day London Gathering showcases the best of Scottish culture. Taking place for the first time on 8–9 September at The Inner Temple Gardens in London, the main stage is hosted by Hardeep Singh Kohli and Clare Grogan, with music from Eddi Reader, Sandi Thom, Laura McGhee and Beefcake (fronted by Lords of the Rings actor, Billy Boyd). Scottish authors appearing include Boyracers author Alan Bissett, Wodehouse Prize winner Christopher Brookmyre, Isla Dewar and AL Kennedy.
Celebrity chef Nick Nairn, Shirley Spear of The Three Chimneys, winner of the 2007 Hotel Review’s Best Restaurant in Scotland, and Master Chef Winner Sue Lawrence will be on hand to demonstrate their culinary prowess.
To round the festivities off, a mock ‘Princes Street’ walkway, running 130m, will be set up along the Thames, with models showing off some of Scotland’s most luxurious and famous brands. (AM)