The Bag O'Nails

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The Bag O'Nails
The Bag
Address Kingly Street
London, W1
United Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′44″N 0°08′20″W / 51.512361°N 0.13889°W / 51.512361; -0.13889
Public transit London Underground Oxford Circus; Piccadilly Circus
Type Private members nightclub, live music venue
Capacity 100
Opened 1965 (1965)
Closed 1968 (1968) (re-opened 2013)
Plaque in doorway
Plaque in doorway
9 Kingly Street, Soho

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.[1]

Bands and other musicians who played and socialised there included Georgie Fame, Jimi Hendrix, Bobby Tench, The Gass and Eric Burdon.[2] The venue also hosted an early gig by the Jimi Hendrix Experience[3] and others frequented the venue including Tom Jones, The Who and The Animals.[4]

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[5] and it was one of their favourite venues.[6] McCartney met his future wife Linda Eastman at the club on 15 May 1967.[3] 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".[7]

In 1967 Rik Gunnell took over the management of the Artist Roster after the Flamingo Club in Wardour Street London W.1, where he had previously managed club evenings, closed.[8]

In March 2013 The Bag O' Nails re-opened as a private members club.[9]


  1. ^ Roby, Steven (2010). Becoming Jimi Hendrix: From Southern Crossroads to Psychedelic London, The Untold Story of A Musical Genius. Da Capo Press. p. 178. ISBN 978-0-306-81910-0. 
  2. ^ Leslie, Fran (October 2009). Interview with Bobby Tench, founder member Gass. Blues In Britain. p. 18 Vol 1 issue 94. 
  3. ^ a b "The Bag O'Nails". 13 May 2003. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 
  4. ^ Vickers, Graham (2010). Rock music landmarks of London (E-book). Retrieved 2014-11-28. 
  5. ^ "Abracadabra!". 13 May 2003. Retrieved 2006-06-11. 
  6. ^ Miles, Barry. Many Years From Now. Vintage (1998). p. 141. 
  7. ^ Evan, Mal. "Mal Evans' Diaries". Retrieved 2007-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Rik Gunnell Obitury". 18 June 2007. Retrieved 2012-12-16. 
  9. ^ Hasted, Nick (22 February 2013). "'A social club for The Beatles': return to rock'n'roll clubland". Retrieved 2014-12-28. 


Coordinates: 51°30′44.5″N 0°8′20″W / 51.512361°N 0.13889°W / 51.512361; -0.13889

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