An Essential Guide to Ronnie Scott’s

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London's most iconic Jazz Club is open for business with lots of fantastic performances and magical music!

Since 1959, Ronnie Scott’s lush red low-lit basement in the heart of Soho has been an iconic escape for jazz lovers. Graced by the likes of Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, the jazzy intimate atmosphere breathes history alongside its superb musicians.

Book a table for the main stage and enjoy a night of music magic and sophistication alongside a menu of delicious food and award-winning cocktails. Upstairs @ Ronnie’s offers a more laid-back speakeasy energy, with an area for dancing next to the sax players and music makers. 

From the Cuban rhythms of Omar Puente to the rising star that is Ashley Henry, there is music to be adored by all who visit. 


What to expect?

Jazz Jazz Jazz and so much more! Confirmed artists include jazz vocalist and Puppuni Sister, Emma Smith, playing tribute to Ella Fitzgerald.

Young lion Mark Kavuma, a prominent trumpet player on the British jazz scene and old-school jazz funksters James Taylor Quartet will be sure to rock your jazz socks off.

Scalding hot saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch and genre-blurring pianist Ashley Henry will host a night not to miss.


Where is it again?

47 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4HT


How long should I spend there?

If you can, all night.

Opening times:

Monday to Thursday Show 1: Doors open at 5.30pm, show begins at 7.15pm.

Show 2: Doors open at 9pm, show begins at 9.45pm - 11pm. Late Late Show, 11pm-3am.

Friday and Saturday Show 1: Doors open 6pm, show begins at 7.30pm.

Show 2: Doors open at 9.15pm, show begins at 11pm - 00:15.

Upstairs Bar closes 2am


Events at Ronnie’s:

For a calendar view of Ronnie Scott’s performance schedule, click here


Unmissable Evenings:

For the night owls of London, prepare to be whisked away as the rest of London shuts its eyes…Upstairs @ Ronnie’s rages on until 2am.

Their weekly schedule looks something like this:

Upstairs @ Ronnie’s - The Wednesday Night Jazz Jam! Lose yourself in the dazzling improvisations of the renowned Ronnie Scott’s House Band.

Upstairs @ Ronnie’s - The Thursday Jazz & Funk Jam! Dance the night away to an explosion of funk and fun.

Upstairs @ Ronnie’s - The Friday Live Cuban Band! Escape into a world of Cuban salsa.

Every night, Ronnie’s basement hosts a concert of the highest calibre, each one brilliant. 

Benjamin Amure

Who is Ronnie Scott?

Ronnie Scott (1927-1996), was a renowned London-born jazz tenor saxophonist and co-founder of the UK’s most popular jazz club Ronnie Scott’s

Originally, the club was hosted in the basement of 39 Gerrard Street in Soho, yet due to its rising popularity, moved to Frith Street in 1965 as demand for bigger capacity grew.

Ronnie’s has been a home to the brightest of stars, including but not limited to: Prince, Lady Gaga, Chet Baker, Johnny Depp and Tony Bennett.  

As the jazz club’s Master of Ceremonies, Ronnie Scott was infamous for his sense of humour as he would comically introduce acts onto the stage and entertain the audience during the intervals. Since his passing, his legacy of excellent musicianship, humour and jazz have continued to thrive. 


Fun Fact:

The Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club founded its own record label, the Ronnie Scott’s Jazz House, and has since been responsible for boosting the careers of jazz players across the UK. 


Ronnie’s Best Kept Secret:

The Late-Late show used to be one of the best-kept secrets in Soho. Despite the secrets revelation, it's still one of the hottest late spots in the city. 

A 'blowing session', that features unannounced guests, ranging from invited sessionists to actual musical celebrities, having hosted artists like Stevie Wonder, Robert Glasper, and Lady Gaga. 


Ronnie Scott’s also offers a membership deal for £295 a year - which given all the perks (20% off all shows, frequent free entry, queue jumps, exclusive invitations to drinks-tastings and special events) seems completely worth it.