Join GayCities, the fun way to discover the world
See where your friends and people like you are going and what they say about places and events worldwide.

The White Swan *

Formerly: BJ's White Swan

A non-rough pub-club in a rough part of town
Decidely off the map for some, the White Swan nevertheless has its place as the jewel of London's working-class East End. Home to skinheads, strippers, muscle worshippers and talented drinkers who are game for dancing, comedy, cabaret and other pursuits. As full-on and unpretentious as it gets. Opened 1985. In September 2013 new owners (a straight company) reverted to club's original name The White Swan, with previous chiefs having operated as BJ's White Swan for several years. Major structural and decor changes in 2014 and 2015. Basement club space due November 2015, when the bar will once again open on Sundays. DLR: Limehouse. Tube stations: Stepney Green and Aldgatge East.

Tags: Mostly Men, 20-somethings, 30-somethings, Cruise Bar, Dancing, Drag Shows, Go-go boys/strippers, Karaoke, Smoking Area, Outdoor Patio, Cabaret

556 Commercial Rd, Limehouse
London, England E14 7JD

+44 20 7780 9870
Tue 8pm—1am; Wed and Thu 5pm—2am; Fri 5pm—4am; Sat 5pm—5am; Sun 3pm—2am


Join GayCities and share your take

  •   saturgay night
    mikepowell ·

    September 14

    great new bar and club in lime house, been here 31yrs and has just had a major refit, new night club, new lounge area and a great smoking area. full of good-looking guys and great music, only £8 to get in after 11.30 free before 10pm. we had a blast here last saturgay and will defo be back. thx white swan.
    JanetLewzey ·

    February 9

    Well done White Swan. I was back in London visiting family last weekend and came down Friday night, had an amazing time both me and my sister. Can't believe how much you have improved the decor! It was great before but now it's totally amazing! Had such a great night Friday dancing till kicking out time that we came back Saturday night to enjoy the stage act. If you haven't been then believe me... you should. Many thanks again, Janet x

  • February 9

  •   LUV LUVE LOVE IT...!!!
    DannyPeterson ·

    February 2

    I found this WhiteSwan pub/club last weekend, so me and my partner went in. It was brilliant! Apparently they have recently finished doing it all up (and I like it). Most def gonna make this a regular haunt. Great music good atmos and very nice people both staff and customers. Well done all @ the Swan (5 STARS)

  • February 2

  • November 3, 2015

  • August 21, 2015

  •   A refurbished venue doen't seem to have improved.
    GRAHAMD40 ·

    May 28, 2015

    After many years of going to the White Swan - went last night for the first time in a year - complete change in terms of venue - refurbished and back element now a gentlemans club. Drag artist (Sandra) was a bit pissy! Didn't like videos being taken of her act - probably because of the lack of talent. Needs to give up her act. Didn't inspire. New refurbished venue has the same atmosphere - needs to change - doesn't inspire a new crowd to go!

  • May 28, 2015

  • more (15)


Cybil's House: Night of a Thousand Cybils


Saturday Jan 21, 2017 - 9:30pm-5:00am, 5 people are in


The Old Ship 0
17 Barnes St, Limehouse

Sink the Pink (at Troxy) 0
490 Commercial Rd, Stepney