Welcome to The Swan

Famous for being the site of the first coaching stop west of london in the 18th century

You will find The Swan in Hammersmith London within a short stroll of West Kensington, Barons Court and Fulham - however you won't find another like it.

Step in to discover a traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food, which are served, as they should be, with a generous measure of famous British hospitality.


Famous for inspiring artists.

For centuries 'The Swan' has mastered serving quality drinks and excellent food down to a fine art, and its colourful history has always been adorned by artistry in a variety of forms.

Its first portrait was as a coaching inn known as the 'Old Swan', functioning as the first stop from the City of London in 18th Century, refurbishment then fashioned it into the 'White Swan', while later renovations shaped it into the Swan Hotel. However, the railway's arrival in Hammersmith meant demolishing the original premises and the current building was designed from a blank canvas.

It has always been central to travellers, feeding their imagination during their stay. Those who stayed longer made the town into the home for creative industries, such as The Silver Studio that designed textile patterns for Liberty of London.

The rich tapestry of this inspirational home also attracted great luminaries of the Arts & Crafts movement, such as William Morris and also Edward Johnstone, designer of the famous London Underground "Bulls Eye" symbol. This artistic heritage also extended to Gustav Holst, (composer of the Planets) whose composition 'Hammersmith' reflected his impressions of the town where he worked.

So absorb the decorated times of yore as you enjoy our rich ale offering and, just like the great artists before you, you may be inspired to design something wonderful just by reflecting upon what's around.


The Swan is one of many rare gems in the Nicholson's collection of great British pubs, reputed for their distinctive buildings, intriguing history and vibrant atmosphere.

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