We can date The Swan back to 1721; the first date written in the licence victualler's register, but it's widely believed to have been an inn for much longer. A traditional coaching in, The Swan is also reputed to have been the final drinking place for the victims of the 'Gibbet' Tyburn Gallows, now known as Marble Arch. Notorious highwayman Claude Duval, active on the London to Uxbridge road, is alleged to have had his final drink in our pub before being hanged at Tyburn in 1670.
It has also been suggested that the terms 'one for the road' and 'on the wagon' were first coined here. The jailer would draw up with the prisoners cage outside and request 'one for the road'. After the horses had pulled them away, men at the bar would say: "he's on the wagon," alluding to the fact that they would never drink again.
It is said that the terms 'one for the road' and 'on the wagon' were coined in The Swan, after the local jailer would stop and request one last beer for prisoners.