Five things to do to celebrate St Andrew’s Day in London

Five things to do to celebrate St Andrew’s Day in London

Trust the Scots to be the gatekeepers of the festive season. Bookending Christmas and New year with celebrations of all things Scotland with St Andrews Day and Burns Night, it is the people of Scotland who sound the klaxon, keep dancing when the lights go up, and let’s be honest – sweep the floor whole enjoying a final dram once you’ve headed home.And since 2012, Fiddle Paradiddle a pop-up ceilidh has been bringing that party down to London. And while we can fulfil your every St Andrews Day desire at our pop-up ceilidhs in Balham, we thought we’d give you a rundown to make the most of this big weekend!

Have a proper big breakfast at Mac and Wild

Mac and Wild is a good shout, nae the best shout, when looking for a meat and whisky pairing for any meal of the day. But we’ve got to say it’s their breakfast that keep us coming back for more. There’s nothing we could say that their beautifully curated Instagram account couldn’t say better, but we’ll have a go at describing their full Scottish: we’re talking black pudding, tattie scones, Lorne sausage and bone marrow beans, amongst other things. Even our vegetarian band member can’t say no (even though there are plenty of veggie options available to him)

Book a bottomless brunch for £24pp

Have a run round Rabbie Burns

London Kilt Run

The best way to run off sausage and bacon on St Andrews Day weekend must be the London Kilt Run! On the back of their sell out event in January, this social run starts at the Robert Burns statue in Victoria Embankment Gardens and follows a route up to Lambeth Bridge and down to Tower Bridge before returning. If you need to catch your breath, don’t worry – they’ll be taking in the cultural landmarks at five stops along the way!

Tickets will sell out – get yours now

Finish the Day with a wild ceilidh & stovies!

Once you’ve loosened up with that 10k run, it’s time to jump on the Northern Line to Balham and join Fiddle Paradiddle for our St Andrews Day ceilidh! On Friday 29th and Saturday 30th we’ll be dancing the night away in the beautiful St Thomas’ (irl friend of Andrew) Church. The band will be calling the best dances on our books, playing some big loud folk tunes, and starting the party season with a bang! While you’re not dancing, get yourself some stovies made by our friends Julias Kitchen (included in the ticket price) and check out the offerings from our carefully curated pop-up bar.

Ceilidh & Stovies tickets just £30, get yours before they go!



A huge thank you to you all for the fantastic ceilidh! Everyone had an amazing time and couldn’t believe how quickly we danced the evening away. You were so accommodating with the timings of the party and pitched the music and complexity of the dances perfectly.



Absolutely brilliant night out. The band were excellent and the calling really clear, so much fun. We danced so many dances and I loved every one (and I’m Scottish so it was great to do some I’ve never heard of). I would highly recommend!



Excellent night and excellent venue. Fiddle Paradiddle are a brilliant band. The caller is clear and great at giving instruction. He also chooses some interesting dances so you get to meet new people on the dance floor. The band were so good I hired them to play at my engagement party.

Suzanne G-B


It was a fantastic night … even better than I expected – lots of laughs, very sociable, – great to have something that brings people together & that is just as much fun for people on their own, with friends or in couples. I haven’t enjoyed myself so much in ages – great excercise to boot! Will be recommending to all my friends



This was the most fun I’ve had in a long time, and the dances were easy to follow despite drinking way too much cider! Great way to start the New Year!

Peter D


The standard of musicianship was high and the calling worked well. It is clear that everyone had a whale of a time and that (a real measure of success) people of all ages threw themselves into the dancing with equal gusto.

Kai & Laura


My wife and I would just like to thank the band for playing at our wedding – we thought they were really good and we’ve had great feedback from everyone. There were many first time ceilidh-ers that evening and we thought the caller handled this really well.