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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47 Frith St
|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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If you're looking for the perfect date spot, somewhere to sit back, relax and take in some music or just have a couple of cocktails with a friend, Ronnie Scott's is perfect. Leaning to the more expensive side of London jazz clubs on offer, the club hosts top range talent on a daily basis with a nightly jam session taking place after 11pm for the night owls amongst you. Try the Smoking Vespa cocktail - it'll knock your socks off!
I took my father to Ronnie Scotts for his 60th birthday. The music was fantastic and the food was good but the acts of one member of staff ruined my whole experience.
During the performance, almost a whole third of the audience was taking photos or even filming. I will never forget what took place next. Whilst my father was taken out his phone, a member of staff (claiming to be the manager) rushed over to him and grabbed his phone, threatening to kick him out. She only approached my father although many other people had their phones out. She demanded that she would kick him out unless he put his phone away. This created a scene in the middle of the show. Her words were exactly, “If you do not put your phone away I will kick you out”. I was so shocked and horrified. My poor 60-year-old father on his 60th birthday was struggling to close his phone because of the aggression of this staff member grabbing his phone. She didn't approach anyone but myself and my father, making it clear that she had an agenda to make us feel singled out.
The club as whole welcomes a multicultural audience but it is evident that not all staff agrees with this.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
"love the place" seen some great artist there,try ronnies bar upstairs. Drink the house wine great value at £18 a bottle.