Ronnie Scott's

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Opened by the British saxophonist Ronnie Scott in 1959, this legendary Soho institution made its name as the first club to host American jazz musicians in the UK. As well as welcoming the biggest names on the jazz scene (Zoot Sims, Johnny Griffin, Lee Konitz, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt) it's also made room for other artists that fit the distinctive Ronnie Scott's vibe – Tom Waits, Elkie Brooks and even Mark Knopfler have all performed here.

Ronnie’s was completely refurbished in 2006 when theatre impresario Sally Green took over – Scott had died ten years previously and his business partner wanted out. Capacity was expanded to 250 and the club is now consistently booking a wide variety of top-notch artists that  – while featuring the biggest names from the world of jazz: Kurt Elling, Christian McBride, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea, Billy Cobham – has also included the likes of guitar hero Jeff Beck, former Cream bassist Jack Bruce and soul and blues stars. The club's success is testimony to Ronnie Scott's original ambition: to create a place for British jazz musicians to perform at regularly, and in turn to create our own world-class jazz scene.

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Venue name: Ronnie Scott's
Contact:
Address: 47 Frith St
London
W1D 4HT
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-3am; Sun lunches noon-4pm; then 6.30-12am
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Rd
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Lily B.

Whether you’re into jazz music or not, any stint in London should feature a visit to the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in Soho. Picture walking through the red velvet curtains into a dimly lit basement room. Your eyes slowly adjust to the soft, red glow of the lamps which illuminate each table lined up around the stage. As you sink into your seat, you are at once transported to the 1950’s. You can imagine the club in its formative years, cigarette smoke coiling upwards towards the ceiling, the room abuzz with chatter. The sound of red wine being poured into glasses by the impeccably dressed staff. Ronnie Scott’s is still today an intimate venue where you can catch both jazz royalty and upcoming stars and is packed out every night night of the week.


Sam B
tastemaker

As they say in Ronnie Scott's, it's always 2am inside these walls. Dark, atmospheric and with history pumping through its pipes, Ronnie's is a musical institution. 


It's so legendary that it's actually amazing how accessible it is. The Sunday lunch concerts are brilliant (especially when you leave at 3pm and it's bright daylight outside.... take your sunglasses for the transition!). Weekend nights in the upstairs bar and more dancey and pretty cool, and if you manage to get tickets to the amazing Soul Family Sunday's on Sunday evenings, you are in for a treat. The upstairs bar is usually free entry, so if your wallet won't allow for a full gig, or if jazz 'isn't really your thing', then this is your best bet. And food.... well, you're in the middle of Soho, so while the food in Ronnies is perfectly acceptable, there is every cuisine in the world right outside, so make the most of it. This is Soho, after all! 


Caroline W

I used to love watching old black and white films and in my teens, wished the old-school night clubs with proper sit-down tables and great music still existed. Then I came to Ronnie's and all my dreams came true! This place is old-school night club heaven: great vibe, food and drink (achingly expensive I'll admit) and above all, fantastic music. Lovely. 

Carmen
Staff Writer

I love this iconic London jazz bar located in the heart of Soho. Great artists. truly classic jazz atmosphere with the red velvet decoration and mini lamps on your table. The variety of shows and selections of artists make the Ronnie Scott probably the best jazz bar in town for me. There is also a live latino music bar on the first floor. 

Tiago Almeida
Tastemaker

HI absolutely love this place, this time I went to the bar on the first floor and ordered some wine and both cheese and meat boards.

Lovely evening and lovely music.

Katie F
Tastemaker

Confession: I'm not a big fan of jazz which speaks volumes for Ronnie Scott's because I had an amazing evening there on Friday. We arrived while the warm up act were playing and there is no disputing, even if you're not the greatest jazz fan, that the talent that these bands have is absolutely superb. I could have sat for hours watching the pianist, his fingers moving quicker than the speed of light! The real highlight was the main show though, a band called PB Underground. A young group playing funk music and joined by some fantastic singers (including Dan Pierce, yes, him off the x-factor a few years ago). I think I've discovered my jazz genre. Food is not cheap and is of an adequate standard (you don't have to eat, i should add) but you're not really there for the food anyway. By the end of the set, everyone was up and dancing, it's fairly difficult not to get caught up in the music and passion. A really great night recommended for anyone who wants to jazz-up their evening!

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tastemakerTastemaker

What a venue. When I walked in, I couldn't help but be bowled over by the atmosphere: I had no expectations, but I immediately felt like I'd come into a true jazz club. The ambiance is perfect - dimly lit, with little red lamps on the tables, the crowd speaking in hushed tones (but only between songs as to do otherwise would be rude!), and the staff very quick and efficient. The cocktails were good, though pricey - hey, it is soho, after all. I saw Kyle Eastwood and his band here with my flatmate and we had the best time. Apparently on Wednesdays they have jam nights - I'd love to check that out!

Sarah P

Ronnie Scott's is an iconic venue in London for a reason – steeped in history, it attracts a wonderful roster of legendary jazz musicians from across the world… The music, ambiance, delicious food and excellent service all make for a very special evening indeed. Highly recommended.

claudia

Simply amazing: the best venue for jazz in London. Also, don't miss the chance to go upstairs: I've been on Friday night, during the cuban night. It's stunning! Live music, high level, very good atmosphere! Just for 10 pounds, definitely worthy!

Birute

Best place to lost youself in jazzy mood in the middle of city! Love it every time Im there.

Luca

My girlfriend and I came here to see the Upstairs Jazz Jam hosted by Andy Davies in Ronnie's Bar and we were impressed by the group of highly talented musicians who showed up and jammed until late. Ronnie's Bar had a typical jazz club atmosphere minus the heavy cigarette smoke smog but personally, i'd rather breath clean air than be a passive smoker for the night.

Jo Reed

We went here for our wedding anniversary and had a BLAST! The venue is the perfect size, the winter we had was very friendly and polite, the food was good and the entertainment stonking (we saw Ray Gelato) After dinner we were moved nearer the stage as a party had left and there we remained until the wee small hours enjoying the late show. Ronnie Scott's is the perfect place for those (like me) that want to stay up late, have a drink and a dance but are totally over nightclubbing. Can't wait to go again.

K Shackleton

"love the place" seen some great artist there,try ronnies bar upstairs. Drink the house wine great value at £18 a bottle.