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The Scotch of St. James is a nightclub situated at Masons Yard, London.[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


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 for an impromptu session on stage.[5] It was on this night that Hendrix met Kathy Etchingham who became his girlfriend.[4] On 25 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 3 February 1966.[7]

During its heyday in the mid 1960s bands such as The Gass were employed as the house band[8]. Patrons at that time included the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks, Rod Stewart, the Moody Blues, Debbie McGee, the Spencer Davis Group,[9] Eric Burdon, the Animals, Sonny and Cher, Inez and Charlie Foxx also Goldie and the Gingerbreads. People such as the Beatles and Rolling Stones were given their own tables.[10]

The club closed down in the mid 1980s.

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] the club was renamed 'Le Baron London at The Scotch of St. James' and reverted to the original name of The Scotch of St. James in March 2014.

The new club is a fashionable[11] night club frequented by the rich[12] and famous[13] including Kate Moss, Sofia Coppola and Benicio del Toro,[14] Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne, Debbie McGee, Georgia Jagger and Edie Campbell.[15] The club has also attracted pop stars such as Harry Styles[16] and Rita Ora.[17]

Other events hosted by the club include performances by musicians such as Miles Kane,[18] Jack White, Mark Ronson, and John Legend. The club has also hosted parties for fashion houses including Stella McCartney, J.W Anderson, Longchamp, Roger Vivier,[19] Matthew Williamson, Linda Farrow, Rockins and Eyeko.[20] Others who have held private parties at the club include Scarlett Johansson, Rihanna, Jack White, Dinos Chapman, Keira Knightley and Mark Ronson.[15] The venue's official Instragram account also mentioned Metallica partied there after one of the recent times they played in London. [21]

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