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So you’ve never been to… St Moritz Club?

This basement club is tucked away beside a Swiss restaurant and has been entertaining Soho revellers since the ’60s

By Rhian Daly

In a nutshell…

It’s a cave-like hidden gem that’s home to some of London’s longest-running cult club nights.

Where is it?

On Wardour Street, next door to a Swiss restaurant also called St Moritz. It’s one of the last remaining venues in Soho not blitzed by Crossrail’s wrecking balls.

What’s the vibe?

There’s no room for pretension here: St Moritz is for music lovers only. Regular club nights like Gaz’s Rocking Blues (every Thursday) and Blow Up (every Friday) have dedicated followers keen on northern soul, blues and ’60s psych. There are also live acts who’ve ranged from ska legends like Lee Scratch Perry to buzzy indie bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Big Moon.

St Moritz

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 What makes it a great venue?

Its small, subterranean feel (it’s dark and dingy in the best possible way) gives the perfect sense of intimacy when you’re watching a live band or dancing until your soles ache. Even though the venue’s tiny, there’s still space to have a rest in the alcove tucked away next to the bar.

What’s the booze situation?

This is an unfussy place so don’t expect any fancy cocktails or cool craft beers on tap. Practically everything is a fiver: a pint, a glass of house wine or a spirit-and-mixer. At least that’s less fumbling about with change.

Which famous faces might you bump into?

Legends like Lemmy and Joe Strummer used to hang out here. These days you might see some acting royalty: Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant have both been spotted in the past.

Previously: So you’ve never been to… Village Underground?

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