Burns Ceilidh Supper and Dance 2021

Following the success of the London Branch Christmas party on 19 December 2020 we are delighted to announce that the Branch will hold a virtual Burns event from 5pm on Sunday 24 January.  The evening will feature vintage videos from ceilidhs past plus music, poetry and all the traditional Burns features, including the  Address to a Haggis, the Immortal Memory, Toast to the Lassies and the Lassies’ Response. As for the Christmas party, the Zoom chat function will be open throughout and we’ll keep it open for 30 minutes after the end of the party to allow extras time for conversations with dancing friends.

Bring your own haggis and join us for a joyful evening of music, dance and good company.

Please click on this link from 5pm on Sunday 24 January 2021.

Combined Societies Dance 2020

Unfortunately, this dance on Saturday 4 April 2020 had had to be cancelled due to the current Coronavirus situation.

For further information see London Highland Club website.


Contact details for the Combined Societies are:

London Highland Club – holds formal and informal dances at St Columba’s Church, Pont St on Saturdays. Contact Catriona Bennett on +44 (0) 20 8544 5558 or email

St Columba’s Dancers – hold formal and informal dances at St Columba’s Church, Pont St most Mondays from Sept – May. Contact Bob Harman on 020 8642 7192 or email  – Website

Little Ship Club – is a well-established Scottish country dance group who meet at St Columba’s Pont Street on Thursday evenings every three weeks from September to May. We dance a wide variety of dances as well as the more familiar ones. We very often have a musician playing for us, and as a friendly social group we are always willing to welcome new members. It may be helpful to know the basic steps, but most dances are walked through. We break halfway through the evening for a picnic supper that participants bring themselves. Contact Stuart Thom on 0207 924 2081 or email.

London Reels – London Reels meets once per month (September – June) in the lower hall of St Columba’s Church in Pont Street,  SW1. This is a fantastic venue which can accommodate over 200 dancers on its large wooden dance floor.

We welcome novice and experienced reelers from around the world of all ages and backgrounds to share in this most beloved of Scottish pastimes.

At London Reels we teach and practise a limited number of dances. Beginners are especially welcome, and we pride ourselves on our ability to convert sceptical first-timers into reeling devotees!

Burns Ceilidh Dance 2019

On Saturday 12th January 2019 dancers and their families enjoyed a traditional Burns Night ceilidh and a supper provided by Margaret Shaw and her catering team. Piper Ryan Ellsworth piped in the haggis which was addressed by Ian Rutherford (See photos). 
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