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Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

4.4
4328 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Pre/post Theatre
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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

Restaurant

Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00

Theatre Menu: 17:00 - 18:00

A La Carte: 18:30 - 22:45

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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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

Bankside Spring Menu: 2/3 courses £22.50/£26.50

From a set menu. 2 courses £22.50/with matching wines £31.00 // 3 courses £26.50/ with matching wines £36.00.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 6 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 6 people

Starts: April 9, 2018

Ends: May 14, 2018

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00PM-3:00PM 7:30PM-10:30PM

What 4328 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.3
service
4.5
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4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The food was delicious, every course, and we each ate differently for all three courses. The service was friendly, relaxed and unobtrusive, and the view was spectacular. I look forward to another visit and meal.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

An excellent venue at which to treat my mother to a London dining experience.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Overall a good evening out for ther two of us, with good food and of course a lovely view. It is rather noisy, which detracts from the ambience. Service was excellent, though when a meal has to be sent back, I think a senior person should come and apologise. With a main course having to be sent back (the fish dish was cold), it is very disruptive to the overall meal as both have to go back otherwise you don't eat together. The other downside was that we were seated next to a pillar where an ice bucket was located, serving three tables! So there was a fairly continuous presence of a waiter taking out bottles of wine. There must be a better way!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

The best birthday lunch ever!
My sister came and visited me from Paris and she was juat overwhelmed by this experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Really enjoyed our lunch. Cannot fault anything. Had been before with large group and was not disappointed returning with my husband.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Lovely venue, excellent service, delicious food. Thank you.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

Not so good for brunch. But can imagine a lunch or afternoon coffee would be nice here. Brunch is in the dowstairs/pub area so feels a little odd to eat - especially as we booked in advance but were still given a teeny tiny round table which would have been really tricky to eat on (and then the staff were a little miffed to have to move the tables). We had a lovely waiter though and he made up for the initial frosty experience.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great location and food, would definitely come back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Great location with river view. Attentive service. Great food and good value. I went with a friend for dinner and we had a lovely time.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Great food, beautifully cooked. Went there before going to the Globe but would certainly return and making it a destination to dine.

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

This was a pre-show meal. It was tasty and all but one of the staff made us feel welcome. There's a fantastic view from the restaurant on to the Thames and St Paul's Cathedral. For London it was good value.

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4.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We had a delightful pre show dinner, which was also a special occasion for me. Meal slightly marred by excessive wait for dessert to be brought. Otherwise excellent.

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2.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Extremely noisy. Filled with lively folks. Food was not very good but staff was fine.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This lovely restaurant for the Globe theatre is beautifully sited on the Thames across from St. Paul's and the Millennium bridge. We went on Sunday evening after a show and had their S
Sunday 'roasts' which were classic english fare - and very tasty.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Wonderful staff made every effort to fullfill my finicity request for Sunday beef despite being very busy with a hectic Sunday lunch service! Delicious although huge portions - I enjoyed it all!
Love this place with lovely food, inspiring river views and especially pre/post theatre! Definitely recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We have been to this restaurant on a number of occasion whether it be the bar or the restaurant on the floor above. Always had lovely food and the staff are friendly and helpful and the service has always been great

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We always eat here when we come to the Globe or Sam Wanamaker theatres, it's part of the overall experience and we have never been disappointed. Not necessary to go to the theatre however, the Swan is an excellent destination in its own right

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

My first visit last Saturday will definitely not be my last. Fabulous food, views and ambiance! loved it!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

One of our favourite restaurants in London with a great view of the London sky line.

Excellent friendly service.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

This is a hidden gem - Relaxed ambiance overlooking the Thames, east london gin kicked the evening off well and we enjoyed great selection of local food as always. The sea trout main with samphire was outstanding !

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Absolutely brilliant as always!!!!!! Fantastic food! Superb service! Must beautiful views!

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Took my mum for a city break. Stayed at Borough Market hotel and we walked along the Thames to get to the pub. Food was amazing and we sat watching the river cruises and tourists walking by. Staff were very attentive and friendly. The options for our cream tea were good and well explained.

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The upstairs restaurant has a terrific view along the thames from the Southbank, the building itself is beautifully maintained, it is light and fresh, a great place for a meal for 2. The food was very nice, I had the pork croquette to start and the roast Seatrout for start (although the baked onions did not appear on my plate!) both of which were lovely despite the missing elements.

The service was attentive until the dish with missing onions arrived and then they were nowhere to be seen, so I couldn't tell them.

My main gripe was that when we ordered coffee, all of the sugar cubes were individually wrapped in plastic. That is completely unnecessary and should be rectified immediately.

Good food, reasonable price, amazing location.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Lovely meal at The Swan. We were given a fantastic table upstairs with a great view which was much appreciated for a special occasion. Both food and drink were delicious including veggie options.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Took my mum here for the pre-theatre menu before watching a show at The Sam Wanamaker Theatre next door. We both had 3 courses, each of which were delicious and incredibly good value. We'll be back!

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3.0Dined on April 2, 2018

The service we received in the bar was excellent whilst we waited for our table for afternoon tea. We had 2 children with us aged 13 and 11 and there really wasn’t any alternative offered for them. They had the full price tea at £28.50. They gentlemen’s afternoon tea was good. We were only provided with 1 portion of milk for 4 of us to have tea and no refil was offered. Didn’t feel the service in the restaurant matched that in the bar.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Was looking somewhere to go for lunch on a wet bank holiday Monday and having been before thought why not.

At 2pm the restaurant was busy but not crowded with a variety of families, groups of friends and couples. By then they were gearing up for afternoon tea service - which seemed rather early to me. We asked if we could sit at the window and were told tables were being held for afternoon tea bookings - hardly inviting.

The table we did sit at was immediately in front of the door leading to the stairs and through to the theatre lobby. There was a regular draft. I commented on this to the waiter who rather than saying he would look in to it, said the building was not air-conditioned and that instead of letting guests get too hot they opened windows and created a draft. So avoid that table if you can.

The menu was limited with no obvious salad option although there were two fish options. All the dishes were a little fussy for my partner - she went for the cod as the least of the offending options. I enjoyed my sea-trout. The duck egg starter was nicely prepared for me.

The staff were attentive but could not remember which of us was having which main course - there were only two of us. And there was a change in the waiters mid-way through our meal.

With a bottle of wine (the second cheapest option at £24), one starter, two coffees and no side dishes - the meal with a 12.5% service charge was just shy of £100. Which seems a lot of cash - value is highly subjective.

At least one of us was able to enjoy the view over the Thames to St Pauls.

Maybe we should have researched a bit more before booking.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

We had a very nice breakfast for my mother's birthday, then even brought out a mini-cake without me asking. A very nice touch.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Loved it! Nice food, good service and great views.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

It took 20 minutes for me to receive a menu - I had been completely forgotten. The food was fine and the service pleasant enough after that, though very slow, and for a restaurant that is built IN a theater, they paid no mind to the fact that I was having a pre-show dinner for a 6:30 curtain. When I needed to find a server to settle up no one was to be found. I was almost late to the show, as was the table next to me. It's baffling to me that a theater-affiliated restaurant would have this problem. I would not return for a pre-Globe show dinner.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Food mediocre and lukewarm. Two courses took two hours twenty minutes. Sent dessert back as ice cream melted to liquid, waited 10 minutes for replacement, still not arrived so gave up and left. So many decent restaurants in the area, never ever wasting time and money in the Swan again

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great place for afternoon tea, found this in a list of good places in London and thought we could give it a try as somewhere new. We were taken to the Balcony room on the second floor for afternoon tea, which had lovely views over St Paul's cathedral.

This ended up being an engagement celebration too and the waiter was lovely about this! Great food, lovely atmosphere and fully recommend the gentleman's tea if you prefer savoury, though make sure you show up hungry!

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went here for Easter Sunday lunch, the food was great but only beef and pork to choose from - no chicken or lamb.

Food was great though!

Service was good, we felt a bit rushed at first but once we asked for a break before we chose our dessert it was perfect.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Wonderful and luxurious Sunday lunch at a very reasonable price with attentive service. Fantastic place to bring visitors from aboard to show them British cuisine can be done very well! The custom made Shakespeares themed tea cups showed great attention to detail too.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

We went for an afternoon tea , with a Midsummer Night's Dream theme, and had a wonderful time. The food is really great, and there is certainly plenty of it! It comes with a great tea selection too, and we added the special cocktail which was fantastic. The crockery used is very nice, the setting is lovely (there is a separate upstairs room for afternoon tea) and we enjoyed the waterfront (South bank of the Thames with a view of St Paul's Cathedral). The only downside is that the service, though very friendly and nice, was quite slow. Definitely a great option for afternoon tea.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Wonderful location and the service staff were outstanding. The afternoon tea was delicious. We eat very little at one time so the amount for two was enough for 4 people. I think even a single "Tea" serving is enough for two people. We loved it for dinner also, very attentive staff who paid extra attention to our allergy request.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Pre theatre good value
Excellent view if you book window seats

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4.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Really lovely spot make sure you book in advance, great value pre theatre menu

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Great place to go for an afternoon tea before a visit to the Globe Theatre. Very friendly atmosphere, comfy with a window table overlooking the comings and goings on the Thames. The Midsummer Night's Dream and Gentleman's afternoon teas were delicious and plentiful. Intend to visit again soon.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Our visit to the Swan was fantastic. The Afternoon Tea is good value and filling. The Midsummer Night's Dream theme makes for a special occasion. We were late to our booking and were visiting with a baby but the staff were extremely friendly and accommodating. Would definitely recommend and visit again. The food going to other tables looks wonderful. The view from the restaurant also makes it a great experience.

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