Scotch of St James

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The Scotch of St James club was a popular meeting place for rock musicians during the mid 1960s through to the mid 1980s in London, England,[1] situated at 13A Masons Yard, Westminster, SW1Y 6BU.[2][3] Paul McCartney frequently visited it, as well as Rod Stewart, Eric Burdon, Goldie and the Gingerbreads,( Aka Genya Ravan Ronnie Wood and bands like the Moody Blues, the Spencer Davis Group,[4] the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, and Stevie Wonder.[citation needed] 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.[5] On 19 October 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first UK gig as a private showcase at Scotch of St James.[6]

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.

The Scotch was restored and re-opened as a live music venue in 2012 and became one of the most exclusive nightclubs in the city with a regular clientele of both celebrities and royalty.[7][8]

After a brief collaboration with Parisian nightclub brand Le Baron between April and November 2013 which saw the club's speakeasy style interiors altered significantly, the club re-opened under its original name The Scotch of St James in March 2014.


  1. ^ Friends of the Scotch of St James 11 November 2006
  2. ^ Miles. p134
  3. ^ Scotch of St. James, 13 Masons Yard
  4. ^ Miles, Barry (1998). Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. London: Vintage. p. 140. ISBN 0-7493-8658-4. 
  5. ^ Record Collector issue 330 (2006) p.93
  6. ^ Record Collector issue 330 (2006) p.94
  7. ^ The Scotch: Where The Beautiful People Play In London
  8. ^ Super models and shy tycoons launch scotch and Jalouse


Coordinates: 51°30′28″N 0°08′14″W / 51.5078°N 0.1371°W / 51.5078; -0.1371