Photography by Courtesy of Swift

Words by Simon Difford on 06-May-2023

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Address: 12 Old Compton Street, Soho, London, W1D 4TQ, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)20 7437 7820
Email: info@barswift.com
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Mon-Sat 15:00-23:45, Sun 15:00-22:15
Door: Make reservation
Style: Lounge bar
Recommended for: Aperitivos, Cocktails, Romantic
Price guide: Middling
Established: 2016
Owned by: Mia Johansson, Bobby Hiddleston, Rosie Stimpson & Edmund Weil


Swift occupies the sight of what was a Soho drinkers' institution, LAB bar. Thanks to the experience and dedication of owners Mia Johansson and Bobby Hiddleston, backed by Nightjar and Oriole founders Rosie Stimpson and Edmund Weil, Swift, which opened in 2016, is perhaps already more legendary than the bar it replaced.

Swift is an upstairs-downstairs dual image and offering bar. Upstairs is more informal - wander in off the street for a quick bite washed down by a tasty cocktail. Downstairs is less obvious, darker, cosier and reminiscent of a speakeasy. You're advised to make a booking to ensure you're accommodated. Settle into one of the booths with friends and loose the night.

Swift's signature cocktails are affordably priced, classic in style and brilliantly executed while their Irish Coffee is legendary.

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