Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

4.4
4524 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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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

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

Sunday
Lunch/Dinner : Sunday set menu 11.30am - 22.15

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: July 9, 2018

Ends: September 3, 2018

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

Reviews from verified diners
4,524 reviews
4.4 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
56%
Very Good
33%
Good
8%
Fair
3%
Poor
1%
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.5
ambience
4.1
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
250 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are seeing a play at the Globe, ear at the Swan for the full London experience. With great river views and delicious food with Shakespeare’s art waiting downstairs this makes for a perfect evening.

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S
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Pleasant but pretty inattentive service considering it was a very quiet night. Food very mediocre. Drinks expensive but as you would expect for a view of the Thames and to be next to the Globe. Only redeeming factors were the location and decor.

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L
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am so happy and excited that you prepared a private room for us!!Beautiful view and friendly service. The food was tasty and the environment was really romantic! Actually that day is my birthday, I enjoyed it so much since we had a very good time on the afternoon tea! I will definitely come again and recommend to my friends! Thanks again!

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NM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for pre/post theatre dining. Excellent location and view of the Thames, delicious food, and attentive service. Highly recommend eating here!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice tea with a good selection of savoury and sweet delights

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AU
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Iconic, delicious, an overall delightful experience to complete your day of Shakespeare. The cocktails, entrees, and desserts were all amazing. Highly recommend, and definitely get a reservation!

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SP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Slow disorganised service spoilt lunch completely. Food mediocre when it finally arrIved.

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AE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

We had booked tickets for the 2pm performance and a table for 12pm, plenty of time you would have thought! Ordered the afternoon tea which arrived 50 minutes later but compared to other customers we were lucky. The tables on either side of us were constantly having to ask where their food was, having waited well over an hour.The Gentleman’s afternoon tea was really enjoyable however the Ladies was disappointing. Sandwiches, what there was of them, were very dry and the bread tasted stale, fillings were tasteless. Would have liked to have ordered more drinks unfortunately did not have the time first to wait for a waiter and then wait for the drinks! Lovely setting with a view over the Thames and themed crockery but the service and food let it down. Will not be returning.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

On our Anniversary we booked dinner at the Swan followed by the midnight matinee in the Globe.
Despite a noisy table next to ours, we had an incredible evening, our waiter was the newly-appointed Assistant Manager & he couldn’t have done more to make our evening exceptional.
Beautiful views of the Thames, fantastic food and impeccable, friendly service, I thoroughly recommend this restaurant.
It isn’t cheap, but for the experience, it’s well-worth every penny. You won’t be disappointed.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Overall service was ok but our specific waiter was over-familiar and did not seem to be well trained enough - e.g. not filling wine glasses and closely watching pin number being entered when we were paying our bill .....

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IW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Kept waiting at least fifteen minutes before being given a menu or offered a drink felt ignored at table to begin with, experience did improve once the restaurant remembered we were there.

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

An absolute must pre-theatre. Lovely ambience & great service along with a super scenic view across the Thames.

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

Went to the Swan restaurant before the show. Very enjoyable.

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MF
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Celebrating an anniversary

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PG
Dublin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a really nice restaurant. The food was imaginative and the service excellent.

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

Beautiful setting and service. We ordered the tea and gentleman’s tea. I enjoyed the food and the cocktail was delicious. My husband would have preferred a burger but he enjoyed the experience as well. The show at the Globe was excellent.

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AN
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service, great views of the river and ambience!

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PF
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, though a little expensive for an entree and desert.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the trout to start and that was lovely, my duck main was a little bit dry. Probably didn’t need to order any sides as it came with veg and baby roast potatoes, this wasn’t very clear on the menu. Our waiter from Guadalupe was great, very attentive, funny and polite, quite refreshing that good service does still exist. Lots of waiters and waitresses could learn a lot from him!

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AT
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great views, lovely surroundings, plenty of space, good food and service. Recommended especially for the location, atmosphere and ideal for a trip to the Globe theatre, just upstairs.

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LK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Had dinner after performance at the Globe. Staff all very welcoming (even at late night), relaxed but attentive. Being so late, the place was quiet but with nice atmosphere.The guinea fowl was well cooked and the sauce had real depth. Caramelised lemon tart with raspberry could and ice cream was on as a special and lived up to its name.
It was all very pleasing. Had promised my daughter a trip to the Globe for years, so after eventually getting there, our dinner at the Swan rounded the evening off perfectly along with the night lights of the river view. Would definitely recommend and will visit again.

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LM
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant on banks of the Thames with a perfect view of St Paul's.

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i
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the food was really good the waitor we had was excellent

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DP
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We like to visit the Globe every summer and eating in the Swan restaurant is always one of the highlights. This year was no exception. The pre theatre menu provides exceptional value and a varied choice of all three courses. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented and the service excellent. The riverside location and views over the Thames add to what is one of my favourite outings.

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MH
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous views of the Thames, excellent food and friendly staff. I made the booking for me and three girlfriends and they all loved it.

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JW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super venue, lovely helpful staff, excellent food - what more do you need on a wonderful summer evening

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V
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were very happy to have dinner at the Swan before the theatre play at the Globe. Staff was very friendly and helpful - especially the lady calling for confirmation and placing us at the table.
Everything was contributing to a special evening! Thank you.

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great venue for pre or post Globe theatre dining. Wonderful atmosphere and views over the Thames. Food very nice and good service, drinks a tad expensive but overall good value for something a bit more special than normal.

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TJ
London
90 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Lovely setting with great views. Appreciated the easy substitutions for my dietary requirements and the friendly service. A very pleasurable afternoon tea.

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HW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a wonderful time. The scones were divine! They even brought us extra jam and cream because we ran out. Lovely staff and even prepared our table early because we were early! If you love cake and Shakespeare you will love this!

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d
London
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

There are three of us with birthdays close together in June and July, and for this year's birthday lunch we went to the Swan at the Globe. We'd been once before, in February, and liked it so much that we returned for our celebration. We chose from the set lunch menu - I had terrine, duck and almond tart - and everything was beautifully presented and served, and tasted delicious. Portions are generous, and the set meal price is very reasonable. On the booking I said that it was our birthdays, and please could we have a river-view table - which we got, and it was lovely. We also received a complimentary glass of fizz each, which was unexpected and a gesture we appreciated.

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DP
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great view of London over an excellent lunch. Well worth the money. Service not intrusive but very good.

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MR
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

On a very hot day indeed the charming service and food at The Swan was very welcome. Our table overlooked the Thames and St Paul's Cathedral and we were near an open window which allowed us to catch the breeze. We were provided immediately with water. The food was excellent to good - the trout starter was lovely, my hake was very very slightly over and the floating island dessert delicious. The wine choices with each course were well judged and quality. I finished with a mint tea made with fresh mint which was delicious. I would eat here again with pleasure. The menu was good value.

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t
London
29 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This was a birthday pre theatre dinner with my son. We both had the terrine followed by the duck and both were very tasty. The duck needed more sauce but this was brought immediately. Bread also very good and of course it is very convenient for the Globe.

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r
Atlanta
36 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Very disappointed. Afternoon tea is over-rated and highly over-priced! Our table for two was sandwiched (excuse the pun) between other tables - so close we could not help but overhear our neighbors conversations. The view was lovely, but as we were not seated by a window, it involved gazing across the room past other "afternoon tea-ers" who'd been lucky enough to get a window table. We ordered one Midsummers Afternoon Tea and one Gentleman's Tea, which promised a tankard of beer. We envisaged a quirky pewter mug, which sounded very Shakespearean. But this turned out to be a beer glass with a beer bottle, which looked very odd on our pretty table (more suited to a pub than tea time). When we asked about the promised tankard, our server pretended not to understand what a "tankard" is, so we gave up. He was also not impressed that we asked for tap water (he tried to sell us bottled water) and we waited 15 minutes before the water finally arrived. The plates and cups are pretty and the food was ok, nothing special. And the check/bill was £80 - an extremely expensive tea for two.

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DL
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had afternoon tea here and loved the options! My husband loved the “manly” option. The restaurant even had a kids menu for our son and the food was great! We enjoyed it and will be back.

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CW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant, with good food and great unobtrusive service. It's made especially enjoyable by the marvelous views from the windows

My only slight negatives were only 1 veggie option (it was very good though!) and like many venues it was very loud as the room we were in was full

All in all though very enjoyable

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m
Bedfordshire
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We like eating at the Swan, the food is good and the service impeccable. It's especially good if you're dining before the show as they don't keep you waiting. Could be a bit rushed though if you eat early just because you like to.

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TO
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely service and food. Superb views over the Thames to St Pauls. They looked after my sister who's birthday it was bringing her a lovely extra treat. Great for after a show at The Globe or before.

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T
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were attending a play at the Globe Theatre so decided to have a meal at The Swan restaurant. As it was a Sunday we had the Sunday lunch meal. A three course meal for £29.50 (plus 12.5% service charge), it was excellent quality and value. The only negative was the noise was quite loud, but this is the same everywhere these days as they have no soft furnishings, (curtains or carpet), to absorb the sound.
We had the terrine to start, the beef roast and dessert. We struggled to eat the dessert but I had my heart set on the floating island. We had a chilli infused passionfruit cocktail which was amazing. Would definitely recommend to friends and can't wait for another visit. When we first arrived there was lots of ladies enjoying afternoon tea, and it looked fabulous. Yes I'm planning an afternoon tea with the girls!

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