From Miles Davis to Count Basie to Prince, all the greats grace the stage at this legendary jazz club
By Roseanne Hanley|
In a nutshell... It’s London’s legendary jazz club.
Where is it? Frith Street, Soho – you’ll see the famous neon sign outside.
What’s the vibe? It’s got a proper old school jazz club feel, wonderfully dark and decadent. There are long booth-style seats each side and tables in the middle, all pointed toward that iconic stage. There really isn’t anywhere like it – a visit to Ronnie’s is quite rightly on a lot of people’s bucket list.
What makes it a great venue? The late Ronnie Scott opened the club in 1959 and since then just about every jazz musician of note has performed there – seriously, even Miles Davis and Count Basie graced the Ronnie’s stage. They have a Late Late Show most nights – well worth checking out because it’s where the musicians hang out and you never know who’s in town and might sit in. Stevie Wonder joined a jam session back in 2012, and he's back in town to play British Summer Time in July, so you never know…
What’s the booze situation? Fine wine and cocktails. Our favourite is the espresso martini, which comes in at £10.75 – worth every penny, as it’s one of the best around and a must if you’re staying for the Late Late Show. Of course, you could always order a bottle of Dom Pérignon 1975 for a cool £1,300!
Finally, what happens to all the coats left in the cloakroom? After a couple of months they donate to them to charity – the campaigning jazz singer Ian Shaw took the most recent bundle to the Calais Jungle.