Swans Bar

Maison Assouline, 196A Piccadilly , London, W1J 9EY

Swans bar at Assouline London cafe bookshop food drink
Swans bar at Assouline London cafe bookshop food drink
Swans bar at Assouline London cafe bookshop food drink
Swans bar at Assouline London cafe bookshop food drink

SquareMeal Review of Swans Bar



In a devastatingly handsome 1922 Lutyens-designed former bank, luxury bookstore Maison Assouline incorporates a café-cum-cocktail spot for its well-heeled readers. Carefully considered Saint Germain-des-Prés chic informs Swans Bar, a private library-like location for the more cerebral members of Generation Instagram. Prepped by Monsieur (très élégant in a white tuxedo), cocktails are suitably stylish propositions, but predictably pricey at £14.50: the likes of Charlie Chaplin, Rat Pack Manhattan and Hemingway Daiquiri. Try The Spirit of Seville (named after an Assouline publication): a cocktail whose key ingredients – claret, Calvados, and Grand Marnier – are more in the spirit of Assouline’s native France. Alternatively, order coffee, patisseries and luxe daytime snacks such as avocado, artichoke and sun-dried tomatoes (£15); soupe du jour; foie gras baguette; top-notch Spanish ham with fresh figs; or go the whole hog and sample the Royal Fillet Tolstoy, ‘the world’s most exquisite smoked salmon’, no less.


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Maison Assouline, 196A Piccadilly , London W1J 9EY


020 3327 9370

Opening times

Mon-Sun 10am-8pm (Sun -6pm)

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