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 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,(http://www.goldieandthegingerbreads.co) 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.

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  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

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