BJ's White Swan

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Something of a local legend, the White Swan is the East End’s most famous gay boozer. The comedian Michael Barrymore famously came out on stage here. Sir Ian McKellen used to drop in after he came out. And the Sunday Tea Dances are an institution with an older crowd, who waltz and tango the night away. But despite its illustrious history, the pub’s decor is not quaint or cosy: on the contrary, it’s a rough and soulless space, with a dark warehouse-style aesthetic, enlivened only by the soft-porn videos broadcast from TV screens above the bar (usually naked French rugby players). The crowd, by contrast, is cheerful and rowdy; many Essex lads make the trek here in on the weekend. It is notorious for its amateur strip contests – held on Wednesdays around midnight – in which the young and shameless bare all for cash. On Friday and Saturday nights, there are often strippers or drag queens, who warm up the crowd for a night of dancing to chart tunes and commercial house.
Venue name: BJ's White Swan
Address: 556 Commercial Rd
E14 7JD
Opening hours: Mon 9pm-1am, Tue-Thur 9pm-2am, Fri-Sat 9pm-3am, Sun 5.30pm-12midnight
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Janet L

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

Danny P

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)