The White Swan Formerly: BJ's White Swan

95% love it
A non-rough pub-club in a so-called 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. Major structural and decor changes in 2014, with additions including a basement featuring DJs with dance and club classics. Closed Sunday and Monday. DLR: Limehouse. Tube stations: Stepney Green and Aldgatge East.


    • captainwoosel
      captainwoosel Over a year ago
      Loves it

      One of the only true gay venue's that still cater and care for the lesbian and gay community. Great music, Great Djs and GREAT drag queens always. Love the Swan and thank goodness it's still here after all these years.

    • Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Absolutely Fabulous...!
      I come here every weekend now, sometimes Friday sometimes Saturday (sometimes both!). Dj's are always amazing and their music is fantastic (they even do requests!). Cabaret every Saturday with top names, I loved Miss Jason last Sunday. The best East End Gay Bar!

    • mikepowell
      mikepowell Over a year ago

      saturgay night
      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
      JanetLewzey Over a year ago
      Loves it

      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

    • DannyPeterson
      DannyPeterson Over a year ago
      Loves it

      LUV LUVE LOVE IT...!!!
      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)

    • GRAHAMD40
      GRAHAMD40 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      A refurbished venue doen't seem to have improved.
      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!

    • Danny90
      Danny90 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Popped my cherry
      First time and the barman made me so welcome, chatted to me until the bar got busier, I even sang on the karaoke! Loved my first time at the white swan, can't wait to return!

    • androo
      androo Over a year ago
      Loves it

      attitude free, fun eastend bar
      I've been coming here for years. Unpretentious, friendly, some hot guys. The longest running amateur strip is held every Wednesday night hosted by the inimitable Sandra. the area is actually quite safe, the club being on a main road next to Limehouae station. It's nice to go to a place that is attitude freehand where you're almost guaranteed to strike up a conversation.

    • roundupcowboy
      roundupcowboy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      can b fun but go with several friends
      & b sure you take a mini cab from the front door. just pay the price & get back home safely. cheers