Behind the unassuming exterior of 47 Frith Street, right in the middle of SoHo, lies one of London's most exciting venues Ronnie Scott's jazz bar. Established in 1959, this place has all the old glamour and atmosphere that you just can't find in most bars these days. Order a glass of wine or choose from an attractive cocktail list, take a seat on the plush velvet and let your troubles melt away as the music melts your spine.
Upstairs, a motley band of strangers jam together and random participants are invited to join in, creating the sort of jazz that was all the rage in the 1920s intuitive and unpredictable but still harmonious and super sexy. Never underestimate the power of a good trumpet to make you wish you hadn't given up learning music when you were younger.
Downstairs makes you feel like a character from the Great Gatsby. With lowered lights and tiny lamps on each table, all seats are directed towards the stage playing host to a resident band. Waiters glide around the room carrying trays full of cocktails with apparent ease. The music down here is softer than upstairs, more like honey running down your back in a very, very good way
The clientele is mixed, from jeans and casual shirts to the more sparkly and presented. No matter how diverse the dress, all are united in their appreciation of the quality music, gorgeous surroundings and buzzing atmosphere. Even those who don't particularly appreciate the jazz genre can appreciate the talent and skills of these musicians and most will probably be converted before the night is out.
Ronnie Scott's is a little on the pricey side, but it's money well spent. It's best to go before 11pm when the cover charge is slightly less. Just buy one drink and make it last if needs be, because it's all you need to enjoy yourself in this little piece of the past, this little treasure of sophistication and class.