Ronnie Scott's


Ronnie Scott's


3 / 5

May 11, 2018

Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club first opened its doors on a Friday back in 1959 and may very well be London’s longest-standing jazz venue. Since then, the club has hosted many a jazz icon, several of whom prefer its intimate setting and impeccable sound to larger concert venues.

Such solid musical credentials add a layer of cool that reliably draws in a truly eclectic crowd, from jazz aficionados to heat seeking hipsters, tourists and the merely curious alike, all keeping this venerable Soho institution full to the rafters almost every night.

Far from its humble basement bar beginning, Ronnie Scott’s is now large enough to house both a club and a bar across multiple floors. The programme is also intriguingly varied: aside from its world-famous concerts, the club also plays host to late night jams, weekly Cuban jazz evenings, blues sessions, flamenco, DJ sets – not to mention a spot or two of tap dancing.

The highly rated menu is fittingly diverse, veering from caviar to the signature Ronnie’s burger, alongside vegan-friendly mains like deep-fried artichoke and lentil. There’s a good mix of wines, beers, and spirits to wash it all down with, too. Try the house cocktails – Cubana Bop is a mix of Havana Club 7 Años with smashed pineapple and passion fruit, while the charmingly named Watermelon Man blends muddled fresh strawberries with Bombay Sapphire Gin, Aperol and, of course, watermelon juice.

Both the food and drinks are on the expensive side – none too surprising at such a prestigious venue. Alas, entrance isn’t free either. Still, the ambience here is priceless; if it’s not the oldest, then Ronnie Scott’s is definitely the coolest jazz club in London and more than worth experiencing. There’s a reason why it hasn’t lost its name-dropping “I’ve been there” value – it’s the same reason why you’ll very likely be back for more.

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