Five things to do in London over St Andrews Day Weekend

Five things to do in London over St Andrews Day Weekend

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.

Tickets for dancing and stovies is just £30 – get yours before they sell out!

New Year’s Eve Ceilidh in South London!

What are you doing New Year’s Eve?


We love New Year’s Eve – and our now legendary hootenanny’s are the highlight of the Fiddle Paradiddle calendar! Join us as we rip up the dancefloor, say goodbye to the old and hello to 2019!

Hosted at our new favourite dancefloor in Balham – St Thomas’ Church, this year’s Hootenanny will feature all the traditional dances and some special new ones for the night. Our expert caller will guide you through the steps, and Fiddle Paradiddle will bring the dances alive our lively nu-folk tunes!

The bar will be stocked with tasty local  ales, lagers, and ciders, as well as wine, prosecco and cocktails throughout the night.

Buy your ticket with drinks tokens to enjoy discounted prices on ale,cider, lager, wine and soft drinks compared to buying them on the night.

Join Fiddle Paradiddle as we count down to the new year, sing Auld Lang Syne, and welcome 2019 the only way we know how – by having the best night out in Balham with your nearest, dearest, and sweatiest friends.

First 100 tickets – £45
Final 30 tickets – £50


Buy your tickets now

St Andrews Day Ceilidh Night

St Andrew’s Day Pop-up Ceilidh

It’s St Andrew’s Day! The best night of the year (equal with Burns Night and Hogmanay of course) to get on the dance floor and get ceilidh dancing!

Join Fiddle Paradiddle for our St Andrew’s special at St Thomas Church Balham – featuring all the usual fun and frolics – pop-up bar, expert calling and wild dancing – but with a few extra bonus features to make sure we truly celebrate the nation that gets us in a party mood!

This year we’ve brought in our Burns Night favourites, Julia’s Kitchen, to provide a meal of Stovies followed by home made shortbread!

With a massive dance floor, and all the fairy lights in South West London – there is no better place to celebrate the home of television, BIlly Connolly and deep fried pizza (locally known as pizza crunch. Try it, you won’t regret it. I mean you will, but anyway)

All in all, it’s going to be a grand night – let’s eat, drink and dance our socks off, for tomorrow is December!

Get your Tickets!

For details and ticket link check out the event page

Ceilidh Music and Mess – A South London Ceilidh Club

This south London ceilidh club has been jigging and reeling for 8 months now. We’ve seen crowds as big as 200 throwing each other round on the dance floor of the Battersea Mess and Music Hall, stomping so hard the pub below shook with fear and trembling (and also literally).

We’ve got plans to make this monthly night even more special as we invite some of the most awesome folk musicians to come and perform in between some of the dancing sessions. We’ll keep you posted about who and when, but for now come and enjoy some of the classic ceilidh and barn dance dances with your mates and others.

South London Ceilidh Night

Possible the only ceilidh night in south London – Ceilidh Music and Mess is a ceilidh (barn dance) night in Battersea. We kick off about 8pm and dance till about 10.30, with plenty of time to grab drinks and chat in between. It very chilled out and lots of fun. No need to know the dances before hand, we’ll run through them before we dance them.

You can come by yourself and meet new people to dance with, or bring a crowd with you. Either way you’ll have a good time!

See you there!
Fiddle Paradiddle.