As many of you already know, my favourite bar in London is the Bourne & Hollingsworth. Owned by the same group that organizes various 1920s themed events across London, they also own the Swan & Edgar, around the back of Baker Street station.
Just like the Bourne & Hollingsworth, the Swan & Edgar is named after a London department store. Apparently both were famous for providing school uniforms back in the day.
Whilst the Bourne & Hollingsworth has a house party vibe, the Swan & Edgar has more of a paperback feeling going on, literally. The bar, pictured below, is constructed from books, and much of the skirting is concocted from spare fabric and newspaper, an original type of décor that works really well.
Unfortunately, we didn’t stay long enough to play Jenga with the bar but we were there long enough to be able to enjoy two swift pints in the downstairs pub area. The wine and spirits lists are definitely more extensive than the two solitary taps on offer: one lager, one cider.
The upstairs is home to a reasonably reputed restaurant, which is definitely worth a visit and was beginning to fill up with diners as we left around 7ish. Hopefully, I’ll get the opportunity to update this post soonish, once I’ve trialed the restaurant and it’s food. From what I’ve been told – go for the Scotch Egg.
If you find yourself with a thirst for literature one afternoon or evening, than I’d advise you to quench it at the Swan & Edgar.