The Scotch of St. James

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The Scotch of St. James
The Scotch
Address 13A Masons Yard, Westminster, SW1Y 6BU
London
England
Coordinates 51°30′28″N 0°08′14″W / 51.5078°N 0.1371°W / 51.5078; -0.1371
Operator
Type Nightclub, music venue
Capacity 150
Opened 1965 (1965)
Closed 1980 (1980) (re-opened 2013)

The Scotch of St. James is a nightclub situated at 13A Masons Yard, Westminster, SW1Y 6BU in London, England.[1] Tucked away at the bottom of an alley it served as a prominent nightclub, live music venue and historically significant meeting place for London’s rock elite in the 1960s. The club opened on 14 July 1965 at the height of 1960s swinging London and replaced the Ad lib Club, which closed in November 1966, as a meeting place for the swinging London set and rock musicians.[2] The heritage of the Scotch St. James was referenced when it was relaunched, after 25 years of closure, in 2012.[3]

History[edit]

1965-1980[edit]

The Scotch of St. James was where, a then unknown, Jimi Hendrix first performed on the night of his arrival in England on 24 September 1966,[4] when he joined the house band Gass for an impromptu session on stage.[5] It was on this night that Jimi met Kathy Etchingham who became his girl freind.[4] On 19 October 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience played their first UK gig as a private showcase at Scotch of St. James.[6] The club was also where Paul McCartney first met Stevie Wonder, after the latter's live performance at the club on February 3, 1966.[7]

During its heyday in the mid 1960's, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Rod Stewart,the Moody Blues, the Spencer Davis Group,[8] Eric Burdon, The Animals, Sonny and Cher, Inez and Charlie Foxx, Goldie and the Gingerbreads were regular patrons and The Beatles and Rolling Stones were given their own tables.[9]

In the mid 1980s the club was closed down.

2012-present day[edit]

The club was restored and re-opened by a group of investors in January 2012. After a brief collaboration with Parisian nightclub brand Le Baron between April and November 2013,[3] when the club was named 'Le Baron London at The Scotch of St. James' it reverted to the original name of The Scotch of St. James in March 2014.

The new club is a fashionable[10] night club frequented by the rich[11] and famous,[12] including fashion models such as Kate Moss,[13] Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Georgia Jagger, and Edie Campbell.[14] The club has also attracted pop stars such as Harry Styles[15] and Rita Ora.[16] Other events hosted by the club include performances by musicians such as Miles Kane,[17] Jack White and John Legend. The club has also hosted parties for fashion houses including Stella McCartney, J.W Anderson, Longchamp, Roger Vivier,[18] Matthew Williamson, Linda Farrow, Rockins and Eyeko.[19] Others who have held private parties at the club include Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Jack White, Dinos Chapman, Keira Knightley and Mark Ronson.[14]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Friends of The Scotch of St. James". Angelfire.com. Retrieved 7 December 2014. 
  2. ^ Cramp, Nathaniel (31 July 2006). "Ad Lib club: It happened here". timeout.com. Retrieved 2014-12-12. 
  3. ^ a b vogue.co.uk. "Le Baron London Reopening At Scotch Of St. James Playlist". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  4. ^ a b theguardian.com. "Jimi Hendrix: You never told me he was that good". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  5. ^ Record Collector issue 330 (2006) p.93
  6. ^ Record Collector issue 330 (2006) p.94
  7. ^ "Paul McCartney meets Stevie Wonder". Beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  8. ^ Miles, Barry (1998). Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now. London: Vintage. p. 140. ISBN 0-7493-8658-4. 
  9. ^ independent.co.uk. "A social club for The Beatles: return to rock'n'roll clubland". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  10. ^ standard.co.uk. "The London bars and restaurants where fashion folk hang out". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  11. ^ "SUPERMODELS AND SHY TYCOONS LAUNCH THE SCOTCH AND JALOUSE". Cityam.com. Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  12. ^ newnownext.com. "The Scotch: Where The Beautiful People Play In London". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  13. ^ dailymail.co.uk. "Kate Moss in leather trousers on night out with husband Jamie Hince". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  14. ^ a b designmynight.com. "The Scotch St.james". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  15. ^ dailymail.co.uk. "Harry Styles wears colourful headscarf to party with pals". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  16. ^ dailymail.co.uk. "Rita Ora puts her ample cleavage on display in unbuttoned denim dress". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  17. ^ "Purple Diary". Purple.fr. Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  18. ^ tatler.com. "Roger Vivier Virgule party". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 
  19. ^ tatler.com. "Rockins for Eyeko launch party". Retrieved 2014-12-07. 

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