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The Swan

#1,073 of 18,273 Restaurants in London
££ - £££, British,
7 Cosmo Place, London WC1N 3AP, England
+44 20 7837 6223
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  • Excellent40%
  • Very good46%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (31 reviews)
“wagyu burger” (4 reviews)
“pies” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub
££ - £££
7 Cosmo Place, London WC1N 3AP, England
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11 - 20 of 267 reviews

Reviewed 28 September 2017

I was staying over one night at The Bedford Hotel on Southampton Row - i was by myself so a simple pub meal was all i wanted. So from the menu I select 'Ultimate Fish and Chips' and a pint of Camden lager - service...More

Thank cricklewood
DGM-theSwan, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you very much for giving us top marks alongside some constructive feedback! We're so glad we were able to fit the bill for you. We're pursuing some renovations for the pub at the moment, as an ongoing project; we agree the old bird needs...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

Friendly service, great beers, close to our Grange hotel in Bloomsbury. This was one of our "go to" pubs to relax with a pint after a full day of sightseeing.More

Thank dmtrcy
DGM-theSwan, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Thank you for the feedback, and for making us your local while you were in the area. I'm always delighted to read about how friendly our team are, and that the beers continue to be great. We hope you've had a great time in London...More

Reviewed 20 September 2017

My husband and I had dinner here Saturday evening and will definitely be back next time we are in the area, special thanks to Alvin for making us feel very welcome.

Thank Jane_Purrell
DGM-theSwan, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

"Lovely atmospheric old english pub" is us in a nutshell. Thank you for your comment and for mentioning our staff: they always appreciate the ego boost! We're glad you enjoyed your visit and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 19 September 2017

Fantastic lunch and drinks with magnificent service from Alvin! Would definitely recommend if you are around the Holborn area

Thank Jake_and_Sarah25
DGM-theSwan, Manager at The Swan, responded to this reviewResponded 8 October 2017

Swan-wonders sometimes if we should be making more puns with the name! Gratified to hear you had a fantastic visit and for the vote of confidence in our pub; Alvin is well-chuffed too. We hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 14 September 2017

A really friendly welcome from Steph and her team. A lovely pub, not too crowded when we visited, around 9pm on a week night, but busy enough for a good atmosphere. We didn't eat here but having read some of the reviews, I would return...More

Thank Jayneb23
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Thankyou for the lovely review of our little London pub, we hope you will be back soon to try out our food and a gin or two! - From all the Team @ The Swan

Reviewed 14 September 2017

Really great pub tucked away on Cosmo Place. Great atmosphere and staff. A real find in an area packed with chain restaurants.More

Thank charlotte0546
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Hi Charlotte, We are happy that you enjoyed your visit to our little establishment! And we agree with what you aforementioned about the surrounding area being chock full of chain restaurants - thankfully we pride ourselves on our outstanding service, food and drink and are...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

Up graded the fish and chips to ultimate, don't bother. Not sure you could of had less chips and a quarter of a pickled onion is a rip off. To be fair the manager sent the food back to the kitchen and delivered what I...More

Thank IANkward W
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Thank you for the review of your recent visit to our little London pub. It is unfortunate to learn about your experience and that you still felt our service would warrant us a 1-star... Despite the effort our team went to replace your meal (and...More

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

I usually go with my friend, our school is near this pub, we love the food and the prices. But particularly the waiter Robert, he is always smiling, is really attentive, always asking if we need something else, remember our favourite drinks, we are really...More

Thank Béné Emma M
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Thankyou for the lovely review! We are so glad that you regularly pop in and enjoy the atmosphere in our little pub and of course the service from our awesome team behind the bar! We look forward to seeing you again very soon! :)

Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

The Swan has a very nice ambience with lots of wood (!). Service was welcoming and friendly. My rump steak was really rather good. No complaints, quite the opposite.

Thank Amit M
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Hello there! Thank you for the review of your visit! We are happy you enjoyed the steak and even more elated that you loved our service! Please pop in again soon when you're next in the area!

Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

Great service. We had the vegetarian fish and chips. Sunday roast. And hunters chicken. Generous portions. Delicious food, so much to choose from. Will have to go back and try more.

Thank ashley s
Management response:Responded 18 September 2017

Thanks Ashley! We are super happy that you enjoyed your visit and of course our service! Definitely join us again soon and check out the rest of our menu! :)

Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and
leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance
access to many of London's most popular attractions.
It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated
museums, including the must-see British Museum.
Despite an understandable popularity with students,
tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury
retain a quiet, residential feel year round and
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Bar, British, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7 Cosmo Place, London WC1N 3AP, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Bloomsbury
  • Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7837 6223
  • E-mail
The Swan is a traditional Victorian pub located in the heart of Holborn; close to Holborn & Russell Square tube stations, Great Ormond Street Hospital & The British Museum, and several hotels.
We serve a wide range of cask ale, craft beers, whisky and gin, alongside a range of other spirits, soft drinks, and tea and coffee.
Our menu includes British classics; such as fish and chips, pie and mash and we do Sunday roasts.
There's a children's menu available. The pub has free wi-fi. And we are happy to take table reservations or group bookings. We also host regular events: please give us a call, or pop in, to find out when these are on next!
Steph and the team look forward to seeing you!
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