The White Swan, Leicester Square

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It looks OK from the outside, a traditional pub (the Swan we seem to recall) that's been fitted out with stuff from the Irish theme pub parts bin. If you stay in there for more than a few minutes you'll realise just how fake it is. It's full of idiot tourists whose closest experience of Ireland is either from watching a video of the Commitments/Michael Collins/The Field or from hearing a Corrs album. As soon as the diddley-dee music starts they're all up on their feet thinking they can do the fucking River Dance. Avoid it.
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16 Mar 2009
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I can see the reviewers point. There certainly was a time when you dreaded one of your favourite boozers being turned into a Finnegans Wake(The Sun, Lamb Conduit St some years ago) or into an O'Neill's. They often ouzed tat and fakery!!. Went into this one yesterday and i felt that for it was it worked rather well. It was full of folk in the West End for the early Paddy's day parade and for the England v France game. Service was spot on and friendly, the Guinness excellent and fast flowing. No it wasn't some quaint pub in rural Ireland or some buzzing Dublin bar, but is certainly wasn't the worse place to have a couple of pints and watch the world go by.

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14 New Row, Leicester Square, London, WC2N 4LF
020 7557 9831
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Mon-Thur: 10am-11pm
Fri-Sat: 10am-11.30pm
Sun: 12pm-10.30pm
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