Soho venue famous for Hendrix gigs to become private members’ club

The legendary Bag O’Nails venue in Soho where Jimi Hendrix performed and The Beatles socialised is to be transformed into a private members’ club.

The venue, which until closing earlier this month was a private members’ karaoke bar, will be run by a team of London’s leading hospitality gurus.

The site in Kingly Street has been acquired by a consortium led by entrepreneur Harry Mead, who has bought the leasehold of the 3,500 sq ft property from a private investor and plans to commit £2 million to the project.

He will personally host members each night when the site reopens as The Court early next year. Mr Mead said: “This venue is dripping in history, with The Beatles, the Stones, The Who and Jimi Hendrix either performing or hanging out there in the Sixties.”

Paul McCartney also met future wife Linda Eastman at the venue. Mr Mead added: “Me and my team plan to revive the charm and intimacy that made it so famous, but with modern food and drink menus created by some of the industry’s biggest names, and an unbeatable live music programme.” Annual membership will start from about £600 per year.

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[Blogger’s note – if the venue is so famous – WHY CHANGE ITS NAME??

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