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Ronnie Scott's

Music, Jazz Soho
5 out of 5 stars
(21user reviews)
 (Dee Dee Bridgewater – © David Sinclair)
Dee Dee Bridgewater – © David Sinclair
 (© Paul Wilkinson)
© Paul Wilkinson
 (Roy Ayres – © David Sinclair)
Roy Ayres – © David Sinclair
 (Christian Scott – © David Sinclair)
Christian Scott – © David Sinclair
 (Wynton Marsalis – © Benjamin Amure)
Wynton Marsalis – © Benjamin Amure
 (Kai's Kats, Live and Let Jive – © Ronnie Scott's)
Kai's Kats, Live and Let Jive – © Ronnie Scott's
 (TV Nights, Goldheart Assembly – © Ronnie Scott's)
TV Nights, Goldheart Assembly – © Ronnie Scott's
 (Wednesday Night Jazz Jam – © Benjamin Amure)
Wednesday Night Jazz Jam – © Benjamin Amure

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
Address: 47 Frith St
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6pm-3am; Sun lunches noon-4pm; then 6.30-12am
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square/Tottenham Court Rd
Price: Various
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Yes! For me, one of the tightest, greatest music go-to places in London. The venue has two areas - (an expensive one), where the best concerts take place, inviting famour artists from across the world, and a smaller one great simply to pop by, have a drink or two and listen to the most incredible music jamms played by the most talented peeps out there. An absolute must! The location also helps, as its right in the heart of the city.  


Wow, I can't believe that today was my first visit to Ronnie Scott's. It's awesome. We went to the Sunday Lunchtime show: Profoundly Blue, and they were fantastic. Adrian Cox on clarinet, Gethin Jones on drums, Simon Reed on double bass and Joe Webb on the piano. Not only was the music incredible, but I had the best Bloody Mary every! Good job Ronnie Scott's.


Ronnie Scott's. After 5 years in London, I finally had the chance to visit this legendary place. And what a night! I didn't go to a quiet jazz concert but to the upstairs bar for a jam session. Anyone can go on stage and start singing/playing an instrument. It is vibrant, messy, lovely. Everybody was dancing until around 2 am. I didn't expect that for a weekday. It definitely lightens up your week. 


I treated my parents to a night at Ronnie Scott's for my dad's 60th. We had some great seats, slightly to the side but front row. The seats are pretty cosy, so check any oversized bags and coats in at the cloakroom. If you're sitting at the main tables in the centre, be aware that you may be sat with your back to the stage. We opted to have dinner before arriving as we had tickets for the later show, but we managed to polish off a few tasty snacks during the show. The staff are quite attentive, so it doesn't take long to order another round of drinks!

The jazz itself was as I would expect from somewhere as prestigious as Ronnie Scott's, the musicians knew their music. The evening was a little pricey, but for a special occasion it was worth it. As with most jazz clubs you're encouraged to keep chatter to a minimum out of respect for the musicians.

They also had a late late show after the main act, which was fun but having been for a big meal beforehand we snuck out after a couple of songs.


The upstairs club is a slightly cheaper alternative to a full on jazz performance in the main area. Given its legendary reputation it is still shockingly accessible and expect to queue for less than 15 minutes after 8pm on a Friday. be careful what you drink upstairs though, some of the drinks can set you back a fair whack. Overall a great place for a night out with amazing music.

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.


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! 

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. 

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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. 


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.


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!


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!

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!

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

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.

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