The Scotch of St James

Night Club in St James's
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13 Masons Yard
St James's
078 7386 6693
St James's
Nearest Station
Piccadilly Circus
0.20 miles
Night Clubs
Opening Summary
Wednesday - Saturday: 23.00 - late
Venue Facilities

Credit Cards Accepted

Live Music Played

The Scotch of St James club was a popular meeting place for rock musicians during the mid 1960s, situated on Masons Yard, Westminster, London SW1Y 6BU. Paul McCartney frequently visited it, as well as Rod Stewart, Eric Burdon, Goldie and the Gingerbreads, Ronnie Wood and bands like the Moody Blues, the Spencer Davis Group, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Stevie Wonder. The Beatles and the Stones were provided their own private tables at the club.

The club was where a then unknown Jimi Hendrix played his first gig in England on 24 September 1966, when he joined the house band for some blues standards. On 19 October 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first UK gig as a private showcase at Scotch of St James.

Located amongst other iconic landmarks such as the Indica Gallery & Bookshop, where John Lennon first met Yoko Ono and where famed rock photographer Gered Mankowitz photographed many a legend in his studio, The Scotch tucked away at the bottom of an alley in Mason’s Yard served as a prominent live venue and historically significant meeting place for London’s rock elite in the 1960s.

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Originally The Scotch was <i>the</i> rock and roll spot of the Sixties with bands like The Beatles, The Stones and Jimmy Hendrix all with their own table in the Mayfair bar. Thankfully rock history has been resurrected and the bar is back open again as a late night drinking den for the seriously hip. Open from 11pm until 5am, access is by appointment only. Bag a table, take a date and knock back whisky and water till the wee hours.

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Sleazy, hip and happening, The Scotch is back in business and opening later than ever. Once an infamous rock star hangout in the Sixties, it has summoned that spirit back to become a night owl’s paradise in Mayfair opening from 11pm till 5am.

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It first opened in 1965 and hosted all the rock stars of the Swinging Sixties, from The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to Jimi Hendrix and Rod Stewart. It's technically a members' club, but you can book in advance to visit and drink till the early hours of the morning.

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User Reviews

Laurence Fagan
from laurencefagan@virginmedia

Dec 5, 2014

I played at 'the Scotch' many times in the late 60s with my band, THE WORRYING KYNDE, and saw many well known celebs in the audience during that time. Once, the Beatles occupied the band's table while we were playing and had to be asked (by us) to vacate it when we finished as some of our stuff was under it...they obliged. We also saw Micky Most pull a gun one night...never found out why. Many great memories from nearly 50 years ago.
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