The Ceilidh Club Blog is here to bring you interesting things to do in London as well as highlighting small Scottish companies and the odd poem as well as other stuff you might find interesting. All you need do is stop by from time to time to find out what’s new. 

London is a great city and we love the multicultural feeling. We’re lucky at the Ceilidh Club to have access to so many wonderful people from all over the world, they bring their energy and their culture to our night and put their own spin to our dances. We remember well the Lithuanian Folk Dance group that came along and demonstrated their stuff at half time. So we like to highlight in this Blog some of the wonderful things to do in London – cultural highlights, sporting events etc.

There are lots of Scottish things to do in London too – from Gaelic choirs to Shinty, from whisky tasting to haggis eating.  If you want to know where to hire a kilt then check out our blog post on it. Are you interested in organising an Office Night Out or a Charity Ceilidh then you’ll find posts about that as well. We try to answer as many of your regular questions as we can via our blog posts or through the usual array of social media. 

We like to bring small Scottish companies to your attention – there is a wealth of high-quality businesses in Scotland and we like to showcase them here. Scotland produces 70% of the UK’s gin. That’s a lot of G and T’s. Scotland has also joined in the UK (worldwide?) boom in craft beer production and there are now over 30 beer producers in and around Edinburgh alone, with new ones popping up all the time.  

So please feel free to delve into the Ceilidh Club blog when you have the time. If there is anything that you would like us to cover then let me know and we’ll see what we can do. We try to keep it short, snappy and sweet. Because let’s face – you’re worth it. 

If you’re hankering for a bit of ceilidh then come down and see us…

The Dashing White Sergeant

By |October 14th, 2019|Categories: Dancing, Scottish Country Dances|Tags: , , , |

The Dashing White Sergeant is based on the old Scottish dance formations of ‘setting’ and ‘reeling’. To begin, everyone must be in a group of three, traditionally either a man and two women or two women and a man. Non traditionally everyone can dance with everyone else, so don't worry about gender. Each trio should [...]

Southwark Playhouse – Islander: A Musical

By |October 3rd, 2019|Categories: Plays|

The Southwark Playhouse is hosting Islander in association with Helen Milne Productions. Here we chat with Bethany Tennick, one of the actors in the play.    Where are you from and how did you end up in the show? I’m from Edinburgh, but I grew up moving all over and have lived in 12 cities [...]

London Scots Podcast S2 E4 – The Magnificent 7

By |September 23rd, 2019|Categories: Podcast|Tags: |

We chat with Caitlin Brannigan about moving from 'The Port' to 'The Smoke' and the implications on the availability of 'Slice'. All important considerations. We touch on Gothic London by hearing about the Magnificent 7. You can find out more about the Famous Graveyards of London here Check out our previous podcasts here If you [...]

Cumberland Square Eight

By |September 10th, 2019|Categories: Dancing|

The Cumberland Square Eight is done in groups of eight but within the larger group of eight everyone has a partner. The dance is formed when four couples stand in a square facing in the way towards each other. We use the terminology 'Lady' and 'Man' when describing the roles in the Cumberland Square Eight [...]

London Scots Podcast S2 E3 – Musicians in London

By |August 29th, 2019|Categories: Podcast, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

Musicians in London We chat with Mairi Warren and Christina McNeill from Edinburgh whose love of music has taken them to London to work with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Along the way, we cover Kung Fu, Independence and Pole dancing. Obs   You can find out more about the London Philharmonic Orchestra here. If you [...]

London Bees

By |August 21st, 2019|Categories: Environment, London|Tags: |

We have launched a campaign to help London Bees by asking the mayor, Sadiq Khan, to trial bee-friendly Bus Shelters. You can sign the petition here. The idea is being trialled in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Their goal is to be the healthiest region in Europe. There is no cost to the city council [...]

Whisky Tasting London – Podcast with Rab Young

By |June 3rd, 2019|Categories: London Scots, Podcast, Scottish business|Tags: , |

Our second season continues with Rab Young who talks about his love of Big cities, the Outer Hebrides and Whisky tasting London. You can find out more about Rab's pop up whisky bar here  If you are interested in getting together with other like-minded souls and tasting some whisky, then sign up to our whisky [...]

London Scots Podcast – S2 Episode 1 – Colin MacIntyre / Mull Historical Society

By |May 20th, 2019|Categories: London Scots, Podcast|Tags: , |

We chat with musician, novelist and playwright Colin MacIntyre (Mull Historical Society) about growing up in Mull and moving to London via Glasgow. Find out how to use the London tube for creativity and the importance of hearing a seagull on the banks of the Thames. There's also an update on the Mishnish and a [...]

Loomshed Brewery

By |April 29th, 2019|Categories: food and drink, Scottish business, Uncategorized|Tags: , |

We catch up with entrepreneur and head brewer, Calum Bennett at Loomshed Brewery Hi Calum, tell us why you think Harris needs a brewery? Personally, I think everywhere should have a local brewery, it makes for a much more interesting beer scene, increases consumer choice, increases local employment and is environmentally better than importing beer. [...]

The Orcadian Strip The Willow

By |April 23rd, 2019|Categories: Dancing|

Orcadian Strip The Willow - positioning The Orcadian Strip the Willow is a high energy dance, couples form a line down the centre of the room facing each other. Traditionally men stand on the right and ladies on the left (as viewed by the band). However,  as long as you stand opposite your partner and [...]