A London venue that once boasted Hendrix and The Beatles as regulars, is being transformed into a new members’ club named The Court, located on the site of the infamous Bag O’Nails. The Court is set to open in February 2019 after a £2 million investment, has some of the hottest names in hospitality supporting the team in developing the menus and interior décor.
The Bag O’Nails was a live music club and meeting place for musicians in the 1960s and situated at 9 Kingly Street, Soho, London, England.
Bands and other musicians who played and socialised there included Georgie Fame, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Tench, The Gass and Eric Burdon. The venue also hosted an early gig by the Jimi Hendrix Experience and others frequented the venue including Tom Jones, The Who and The Animals.
After the Beatles’ recording sessions in London, their roadie Mal Evans, personal assistant Neil Aspinall and Paul McCartney would eat at The Bag O’Nails and it was one of their favourite venues. Paul met his future wife Linda Eastman at the club on 15 May 1967.Another event is recorded in Mal Evans’ memoirs: “January 19 and 20: I ended up drunk in The Bag O’Nails with McCartney and Aspinall”.
In 1967, Rik Gunnell took over the management of the artist roster at the club after the Flamingo Club in Wardour Street, where he had previously managed club evenings, closed. The Bag O’Nails re-opened as a private members’ club in March 2013. The club closed in October 2018 and is due to open as a new members’ club called The Court in February 2019. Membership will start from £ 600 per year