Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

4.4
4739 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
Located at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, moments from London Bridge and the City of London, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe is a beautiful Bar and Restaurant set over two floors, with stunning views of the Thames and St Paul’s.


Swan is serving seasonal modern British menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner and are available for private, pre and post-theatre dining. The venue also has a number of beautiful event spaces suitable for corporate events, private parties and weddings from 20 to 500 guests.


The bar is open all day serving breakfast, homemade cakes, light lunches and main meals, along with an extensive wine list, original cocktails and a selection of locally brewed ales.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of operation

Bar

Mon - Wed: 8:00 - 23:30 pm
Thurs: 8:00 - 00.30

Fri: 8:00 - 00:30

Sat: 10:00- 00:30

Sun: 10:00- 23:00

Bank Holiday: 10:00 - 23:30

Restaurant
Monday - Saturday

Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00

Theatre Menu: 17:00 - 18:00

A La Carte: 18:30 - 22:15

Afternoon Tea: 12:00 - 15:00 (Afternoon Tea is not served in December)

Sunday
Lunch/Dinner : Sunday set menu 11.30am - 5.30pm

Afternoon Tea: 12:00 - 15:00
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Phone number
020 7928 9444
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Alan Pickett
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Catering
The Swan Events team host over 350 private or corporate events a year. Menus are seasonal and include bowl food and canapes, delicious three course dinners, drinks packages featuring fine English wines and great cocktails. The Swan was highly commended at The Event Awards 2011 and 2012 for 'Event Caterer of the Year'.
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Neighborhood
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Public transit
London Bridge Station, Blackfriars Station & Bankside Pier
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Entertainment
Private tours of Shakespeare's Globe can be arranged for private parties.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

River View Menu: 2 courses £29/3 courses £32 & Love Potion cocktail

2 courses £29.00 & 3 courses £32.00 with Love Potion cocktail served on arrival.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: September 20, 2018

Ends: October 24, 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 5:00PM-10:00PM

What 4739 People Are Saying
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London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a beautiful meal at the Swan. It was a Monday night in Oct and super-quiet apart from a private dining event. Food and wine were super. It's definitely more than pub grub and the views are spectacular.

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RL
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Compliments to all! We enjoyed our meal very much. The service was unobtrusive but there if you needed to ask questions/ for assistance. If we were to have a small criticism it is that the preference at our table would be for crispier roast potatoes and hotter horseradish but we understand that’s entirely down to personal taste!

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AM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent, attentive service. Good food, view of St Paul's, river Thames, Millenium Bridge...what more do you need! Thoroughly enjoyable experience. We will be back soon. Thank you

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JM
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent, very tasty, nice presented. The personal is professional and nice. The view from is beautiful. Everything is reunited to have a good time.

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SO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

We had a very good 2 course meal with perfect timing to enjoy the 7.30 play. Not too rushed, very good service, great start to our evening.

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SW
London
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great pre-theatre menu,lovely food and service. We all enjoyed the experience

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous venue. Loved every minute of it. Great staff great food and cocktails

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OT
London
24 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Had the half lobster and fries. Lobster was very overcooked. Fries ok but clearly frozen variety.
Chocolate mousse special was very good.
Bit over priced for what it was but very convenient for the theatre, lovely decor and service well timed to make the show. They checked beforehand if you were see g the show so well prioritised.

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JS
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Appreciated that they actually read request written when booking table online. Excellent food. Wonderful ambiance. Seeing St. Paul’s across thames at dusk... beautiful. Host very nice. Asked about our “special occasion” when seating us. Waiter was nice but they were short staffed and it was obvious that wasn’t easy for wait staff who were there. Highly recommend you check this gem out and not just if you go to event at Globe!

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OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited with friends after seeing a show at the Globe. We had the 2 course set menu for £29 which included a pre-dinner cocktail. Excellent service and food. Highly recommended. Will definitely return.

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I
County Durham
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal from the Riverview menu, which we had seen advertised on the website, but unfortunately, we had to ask for, as it wasn't offered. The a la carte menu is quite pricey, but this is exceptional value. Service was also excellent and we had a great evening.

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PW
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Post matinee dinner after outstanding Othello so lots to talk about. As ever good table with fabulous views over the Thames, good food if rather more of it than expected and a lovely Rose wine. There is no point in dining anywhere else if visiting the Globe!

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LL
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food good for vegetarian and usual ideas. WCs need to be enlarged and upgraded with better lighting. We went for pre theatre menu for the Globe so it was extremely convenient.

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MC
Hertfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After show set meal - delicious

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SR
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Food was OKish and not too highly priced for central London. Spectacular views. Nice place. Friendly. Service was terribly slow and disorganised, so that we had to ask for our starters and really rush our second course to be in time for the theatre. That spoiled the whole experience. My friend (who doesn't eat lunch out very often so it was meant to be a bit of a treat for her) enjoyed the bread but I thought it was a day old and the butter wasn't very fresh. Terrine, and its accompanying sharp chutney was very good. Sea trout well cooked - ie just set in the centre, but disappointingly dry on the outside where it had obviously been lingering (see above about timing and organisation). We'll go again as it's so convenient for the theatre, but .............could be much better.

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S
London
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Amazing place for the Shakespeare's fans to enjoy A Midsummer Night's Dream afternoon tea. The teacup set & food rack are full of quotes & pictures based on the play.

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IC
London
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for early evening supper before going to the Globe theatre.

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F
London
14 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 4

We had two courses from the (limited) set menu. My husband’s terrine was fine but the mackerel was most unappealing. Basically a whole fish skin side up with a bit of lettuce and some pickled cabbage. He then had the trout which was extremely dry and I had the pork chop. This was huge and rather boring, a bit dry. The waiter looked completely bored with being a waiter. I suppose, to be fair, it must be boring handing out the same food over and over again. What a contrast - I had the tasting menu at Anglo in Bermondsey the next day. Half price so £21.50 for 5 courses. Amazing food and delightful, engaged service. We won’t bother coming back to the Swan.

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RB
London
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great welcome and continued care and attention throughout our meal. Wonderful menu choices and the food was delicious. One meal unfortunately was served a little over done -we received a genuine apology and not charged for that plate. Great cocktails-lovely ambience and we had a relaxed, very enjoyable meal of high quality and got to our seats in the Globe Theatre in plenty of time for the start of the production. A great day.

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LP
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I honestly stopped here on a whim and did not have high expectations of a restaurant attached to a touristy theater. It just happened to be late at night and not too many spots in the area were open. We each tried 3 different cocktails, split an appetizer, and had an entree and a vegetable side each. Everything was really good, and the service was really attentive.
It was a great accidental find on our last night in London, and I'd definitely return.

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IV
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Swan, an elegant restaurant that’s part of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the banks of the Thames in London, is not a place one would think of going for great gnocchi. Most of the menu is a fancier version of traditional English pub food accompanied by an excellent wine list. In fact, on the menu the entree that was an English version of gnocchi was listed as potato dumplings. But as the photographs testify, it’s gnocchi. The Swan may get the award for the most gorgeous presentation as well as the most sensible portion, which elsewhere is often too much for two people. The gnocchi was topped with a moderately rich sauce that included black chanterelle mushrooms, thinly sliced ribbons of zucchini, bright green broad beans, and a delicate layering of red amaranth. It was delicious. The textures of the sautéed mushrooms played an interesting counterpoint to the ribbons of zucchini and the al dente beans. The sauce was delicate and did not overpower the dish. The gnocchi, which I suspect was frozen and supplied by a wholesaler, had been lighted sautéed until the surface was almost crispy. Regardless of whether it was purchased or house-made, it was delicious. Next time your in London stop at the Swan and hope they have dumplings on the menu

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C
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

A lovely occasion spoilt by the bill
If you are putting service charge on a bill you should tell your customers
Otherwise, it feels like an underhand way of getting you to pay what is a voluntary tip
It just leaves a ‘bad taste’ don’t do it!!!

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LB
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Afternoon tea was wonderful, but our time spent there was spoilt by our waiter being rude to our party at the end of our visit. We paid by card, but wanted to leave our tip in cash. When this was 3xplained to the waiter he became very grumpy and rude and walked away from our table. Apart from this I would recommend, the tea was lovely and had good vegetarian options.

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C
Dusseldorf Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I have been to the Swan on many occasions and the service and food being great with a lovely ambiance, sadly in this occasion it didn’t feel the same the service was at tones rushed and then very slow and the food food was at best average.

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L
London
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The staff were really friendly and attentive. The food came very fast, too fast for me.
The quality was good and plentiful.
I found the coffee a little weak ( Black americano)

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food, nice view, bit warm ( unexpectedly 24degrees in London). Had trouble getting wine, should be up selling from the off.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for lunch before the theatre which is convenient and quiet in the restaurant.

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RM
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Came for the Midsummer Nights Dream Afternoon Tea which was delicious. The room we were in was beautiful with fantastic views over the river.
The only minor piece of negative feedback was that service was SLOW. We also ordered the cocktail option with 2 of the Afternoon Teas which didn't come and the absence of any staff meant we couldn't chase them until we'd already finished, at which point it was too late. All in all, this didn't affect our enjoyment of the event, but was more a missed sales opportunity for the venue

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SB
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Food, service and setting top class.

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TB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food delicious, views outstanding. I paired wine with 3 courses but the wine didn’t appear until the main course and then missed the desert course. Staff very friendly but at times seemed a little under pressure.

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MN
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Absolutely outstanding food, cooked to perfection and fast friendly friendly service. Fried duck egg and mushroom starter was fantastic and one of the few restaurants that cook your steak the way you’ve asked for it rather than how the chef wants to serve it- perfectly cooked. Music was absolutely well matched providing ambience rather than be jarring to your dining experience, great views of the Thames as well.

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MC
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

An enjoyable and relaxing end to a great visit to The Globe matinee, so convenient and lovely location and friendly staff. The downstairs bar looked fun too.

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MM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the Midsomer Night’s Dream and Gentlemen’s teas were absolutely delicious.

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MA
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

After a delightful Afternoon Tea with two girlfriend's last summer, I wanted to revisit the Swan during this holiday - this time with my 26-year old son. Our reservation requests were granted and the service was friendly and attentitive (maybe just a tad too attentive at times)! Our Sunday lunch was excellent - generous servings of deliciously cooked English roasts and traditional trimmings with a mouth-watering gravy! The upstairs restaurant's ambience was inviting and relaxed, ideal for both a friendly afternoon tea and chat or, on this occasion, a family lunch. I'm hoping that dinner with friends will be possible before I return home as I really enjoyed the Swan.

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s
London
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked for a birthday Afternoon Tea - excellent location, great service and very good food. Would definitely go there again

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HF
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Very disappointing ! We had very much been looking forward to going to The Swan as part of our Globe experience. This was a long booked family treat with family from the US. We were given a table in a separate room with an enormous table which would normally seat around 12 people - but for 6 this meant a very uncomfortable experience. We did politely ask if there was any chance of eating at a table meant for 6 and in the restaurant proper, but this request was met with real hostility and rudeness. The member of staff more or less stalked off and other front of house staff were equally rude ! Not at all what we expected - really you need to get your staff trained to be polite and welcoming. The meal itself was variable. The sea trout, for example, was tasty but its accompaniment of cucumber and potato utterly tasteless.
This was not a cheap meal; but we felt totally let down and so so disappointed. We really would not be able to recommend this restaurant.

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TK
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a lovely time here, the afternoon tea was lovely with the right balance of sweet and savoury. Also thought that for an afternoon tea in London the prices were very reasonable. Excellent service and good atmosphere.

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NW
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Midsummer Night's Dream Afternoon Tea was very good. Love potion cocktail was exceptional and there was enough food that you feel full and not too full of sugar - a win win on my part. the cakes were well though out and delicious.

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LC
London
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

When booking disclosed that it was our anniversary, after the meal they brought out some chocolate with happy anniversary written on plate, a nice touch

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H
Cheshire
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great service. Traditional British food. Reasonable prices. Perfect place for lunch or dinner before theatre at The Globe.

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