The Swan at The Globe
The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.loveswan.co.uk/
  • Phone: 02079289444x
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast:

    Mon - Fri: 7:30pm - 11:30pm


    Brunch

    Sat, Sun: 11am - 3pm


    Lunch

    Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2:30pm

    Sat: 11am - 5pm

    Sun: 11am - 6pm


    Dinner

    Mon - Sat: 5pm - 11pm

    Sun: 6pm - 10pm
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: British
  • Executive Chef: Kieren Stainborn
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • 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'.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Swan has two private rooms available for parties and corporate events at Shakespeare’s Globe. The Balcony Room can accommodate up to 120 guests and has stunning views, boutique decor, floor to ceiling French windows and fairy tale balconies.
    Situated under the Globe Theatre, the Underglobe is a hidden gem in the heart of Bankside and can accommodate up to 450 guests. Boasting a private mezzanine level, sweeping staircase, high ceilings, built in stage and a new surround sound and lighting system.
    Our private dining table in the restaurant can seat up to 15 guests and areas for up to 30 guests can be reserved in the bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Emily Holl 02079289444x128
  • Entertainment: Chilled out music sessions are hosted in the bar most Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Private tours of Shakespeare's Globe can also be arranged.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: London Bridge Station, Blackfriars Station & Bankside Pier
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from The Swan at The Globe
Located on Bankside, next to Shakespeare’s Globe, The Swan bar & restaurant has stunning views of the River Thames and St.Paul's Cathedral. The restaurant's a la carte menu reflects a modern British style, with seasonal produce from local markets and signature Hereford steaks served from the grill. The bar is open all day serving breakfast, homemade cakes, light lunches, British tapas and cocktails.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
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The Swan at The Globe reviews from OpenTable diners
482 reviews since 19 May 2014
Average Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambience4.2
    Value3.5
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
pre/post theatre (296)special occasions (192)sunday lunch (137)romance (112)fit for foodies (84)business meals (76)brunch (68)group bookings (60)afternoon tea (58)outstanding value (35)good vegetarian options (23)child friendly (14)outdoor eating (8)disabled access (7)Show More
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 13/9/2014
    Had a pre-theatre dinner here on Saturday night with a girlfriend which was lovely. Had a quick look at the standard menu and it was very expensive. Lovely good and good service.
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  • Great Fish at the Swan!
    AJP201
    Dined on 12/9/2014
    Following my last visit to the Swan which was disappointing on every front, this visit couldn't have been more different... Great food, great service, supported by an uncluttered, un-fussy, delicious menu!
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    afternoon tea, brunch, business meals, group bookings
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  • Excellent experience!
    MSU80
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    First time there...pre-theatre meal. Food, service and ambience were all great. The fish I had was excellent, the vegetables were perfect. The vegetarian 3 course meal my wife had was fantastic and very flavourful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great meal!
    Josephine02
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    I made the booking because of the proximity of The Swan to the Globe Theatre: I live in the west country, visit London about 4 times per year and had not been to the Globe previously. What a great decision to book! The service was friendly and prompt, and the pre-theatre meal was of excellent quality. There was enough choice for even the fussiest eater. My companion and I enjoyed the food and the surroundings immensely, and would definitely return if in the area.
    Special Features:
    business meals, good vegetarian options, group bookings, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Archie
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Food, service and atmosphere very good. Amazing views. Would definitely return.
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    group bookings, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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  • Pre Theatre Dining
    GlobeTheatreFan17
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Saturday evening, fabulous moonlit views of St Pauls & London sights. Delicious steak! Waiters are not terribly attentive (work overload?). Unfortunately they served white wine at body temperature 5 times (despite request for chilled wine). Gave up & had to put ice cubes in it!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wrong timing
    honestopinion55
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    The ambience one star is for the cafe. We had to sit there cos of mix up in booking. The food is excellent for pre theatre. I had the cafe desserts as we couldn't 'see' the trolley from the floor below!
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  • Outstanding beef & great view
    Gingerdom
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We were glad that we saw the beef rib before we ordered as we were considering a starter - it looked huge but fabulous. The meal when it came didn't disappoint and was cooked to perfection. It's a great venue with a great view (although a shame only one of us could enjoy the view with the way tables for 2 are arranged).
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    special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Book for the view and location
    Epicure
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    The views over the river towards St Pauls are this restaurant's best feature. I eat there only for convenience if I am going to see a play at The Globe. The food is quite ordinary and the prices comparatively high.
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  • Disappointing
    Julief
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We appreciate we were in the pre-theatre slot, but there seemed to be little organisation around who was serving us - and surely a theatre should be geared up for this. We waited nearly half an hour between finishing our main course and having an order for desert taken. In that time, two waiters promised to come back to us with the desert options but forgot about us. There were waiters who were available to deal with us, but they were using their time to lay other tables or stand around chatting with each other. We love the ambience of the restaurant, and it is convenient for the theatre, but I don't think we will go again.
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  • Pre Theatre meal
    OldCodger
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We arrived early, so had a drink in bar beforehand. The staff collected us for our table - which was in the window and had an excellent view over the Thames, looking towards to city and St Paul's.. The food and service were all great. Not rushed at all, but we finished with enough time to look round the shop before the start of the play at The Globe.
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • Food with a view
    Rafa
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Relaxed but attentive service in a modern ambience yet still full of character. Excellent views over the Thames and Millenium Bridge towards St Pauls and the proximity to the Globe Theatre and the Tate Modern provide a great backdrop to an interesting if not hugely extensive menu of dishes with the accent on taste and imagination. The specials can often be particularly good value. A good wine list - and some excellent Prosecco and Champagne - complete a satisfying dining experience.
    Special Features:
    business meals, fit for foodies, good vegetarian options, pre/post theatre
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  • Great views, nice atmosphere
    MurphUK
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    ...and very tasty food. Quite a small wine list, but our group tried several and were pleased with all of them. Sunday lunch was very good and the house Bloody Mary was excellent. Definitely one for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    brunch, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great staff
    londondiner
    Dined on 31/8/2014
    Staff were more than helpful and really knew what they were talking about. Made us feel very welcome. Had leek and potato soup for starter which was lovely. then had the Sunday roast which was good.
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    romance, Sunday lunch
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  • Amazing views
    rahool
    Dined on 30/8/2014
    Great location and views with decent food. We have been here several times though at our last visit the service was not up to scratch.
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    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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  • Outstanding
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    We booked for a pre theatre trip and so had the set menu. Unfortunately there was nothing really suitable for our eleven year old who has a milk allergy. The staff could not have been kinder asking him what he liked and then whipping up some fantastic fish and chips. A very happy young man. Our food was excellent too.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely experience
    veggie1971
    Dined on 29/8/2014
    I took my partner here for his birthday as we were also going to the Globe. The staff were all very friendly and accomodating and when they knew it was my partner's birthday they decorated his dessert which was a nice toucg
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, nice food, relaxed.
    Desnol
    Dined on 28/8/2014
    Had pre-theatre set meal with friends. Can't beat the location on a summer evening, fabulous views of the river and City at sunset. The atmosphere was perfect, not too noisy to be distracting and not too quiet which could dampen the spirits. Ideal for a happy, relaxed meal with friends. Staff couldn't have been more friendly or obliging. When we didn't want wine, they brought us the beers from the ground floor bar. I would definitely recommend the "Curious Blue" ale (or is it "Blue Curious"?). The only downside is that the pre-theatre booking restricts one to max 2 hours, however, we did manage to finish our meal in good time and leave before they had to start dropping hints. All in all, highly recommended, good value.
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    afternoon tea, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Lutalica1
    Dined on 24/8/2014
    I was very disappointed, as the entree of salmon & prawn pâté & the trout main meal were not worth the price. The only worthwhile dish was the delicious crème brulée. The service was very bad - I'd asked a waiter before ordering if 1 hour would be enough time for the 3-course meal choice, as I was seeing a play at the Globe, & he said that'd be fine. However, service was tardy, patchy & forgetful, so I (& other diners) had to rush to get/pay our bill to JUST make it to the play in time. I discovered later that I must've been given the wrong bill, as I paid £52 for a 3-course meal that was advertised as being £29 (& I only had olives & a soft drink in addition), but because I was in a rush, I didn't realise the error, so I felt ripped off.
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  • The Swan Globe Theatre
    Luv2dine2
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Booked pre theatre meal, menu choice not great , but when food arrived could not fault it, service was excellent, waiter was very attentative , atmosphere in pub and restaurant very lively, will definitely book again
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    pre/post theatre, special occasions, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful setting, lovely food
    Jules
    Dined on 23/8/2014
    Took my mum here for afternoon tea, we had a brilliant time! service was attentive and friendly, food was plentiful and well made and the newly refurbished Swan with its river views was the perfect location for it. would definitely go and try lunch there next.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, outstanding value, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful pre-theatre Menu
    Kyla24
    Dined on 22/8/2014
    Third time eating here and it was flawless as always. Gorgeous pre-theatre menu, slick and efficient service, and wonderfully polite staff. Wonderful evening was had as usual!
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good pre-theatre restaurant
    Cdnceliac
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Pre-theatre meal for 4 here. 1 celiac & 1 vegetarian & 2 omnivores! A couple of meals without gluten ingredients - not necessarily GF prep but no reaction afterwards. 1 veggie main course. Good service & pleasant atmosphere.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch pre Globe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 21/8/2014
    Your sensibly short menu is well pitched for a not too heavy lunch before the theatre. Food was fresh and excellent. Service was polite, well trained and prompt.
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    outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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  • Lovetodine
    Dined on 20/8/2014
    Great venue with a superb view of the Thames and excellent for access to the Globe Theatre. However the pre-theatre menu was very limited and although cooked ok the dishes weren't especially exciting. Good starter, average main and desert.
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    pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    We were warmly welcomed and made comfortable. Service was excellent and our party of four had a thoroughly enjoyable time post theatre.
    Special Features:
    afternoon tea, brunch, outdoor eating, outstanding value, pre/post theatre
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely Atmosphere, Excellent Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 19/8/2014
    My husband and i went for pre theatre dinner at the Swan for convenience and because the atmosphere looked nice from the outside. We were pleasantly surprised when the service and food matched the extremely charming ambiance. The menu was simple, but everything was thoughtfully presented and delicious.
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    fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • over priced and poor service
    lundunn
    Dined on 16/8/2014
    Very disappointing. Came for pre-theatre lunch in the restaurant (special & expensive treat, not the cheaper bar downstairs) and left lots of time to enjoy a leisurely meal. Service was very hit and miss and although we were specifically asked if we were a pre-theatre booking and didn't order starters, they didn't manage to serve the dessert in time so we had to cancel and rushed off without it - even though we ordered with nearly 45 minutes to spare. Very expensive for what was so-so quality (£23 for a small piece of over-cooked fish) and an incomplete meal. I wouldn't go again. Plenty of staff in a quarter-full dining room but someone hasn't got their eye on the ball....
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  • BirthdaypartyVIP
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    the real selling point here is the view -it is quite expensive but worth it for the setting. Staff were good and food very nice without being exceptional-but we thoroughly enjoyed the evening in such a wonderful location
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    business meals, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great views, ok food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 15/8/2014
    Views and service were exceptional. Fast, friendly, helpful. The view of the Thames was great! Unfortunately, I thought for the price, the food would have been more flavourful and better presented. The good wasn't bad - just not on par with the views or service.
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  • Expensive
    JLR56
    Dined on 14/8/2014
    Went for lunch before a 2pm play. Not a huge amount of variety and everything was very expensive. Big fish focus. Service was good. Great view.
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  • Lovely meal in great surroundings
    Monkey
    Dined on 13/8/2014
    To be fair this was our fourth visit so we knew what to expect. Excellent food and service and views of the thames that can't be beaten. Will we be back.....yeah! Not the cheapest restuarant in an area where there is a lot of choice but the food is sublime. Simply one of the nicest restuarants to watch the world go by
    Special Features:
    business meals, child friendly, fit for foodies, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice but noisy
    darylroots
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I guess that the atmosphere in any restaurant is generated by the customers. Unfortunately on the day we visited there was a very loud group celebrating a birthday on the table next to us which made it very difficult for us to have a conversation over dinner. Having said that the food itself was very good and reasonably priced. A three course Sunday lunch for £28.50 per head with great views over the River Thames. I would visit again.
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    group bookings, outdoor eating, pre/post theatre, Sunday lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    My wife and I recently visited London for our 20th wedding anniversary, having booked tickets to see King Lear at the Globe (which was excellent). On arriving at The Swan we were greeted warmly by a lady who was expecting us. The ambience of both the bar and the dining room was wonderful, thoughtfully designed to reflect the theartre experience while being moderrn and clean. The service was excellent, and the views were lovely. The food was very tasty, but if I have one gripe it is that I could have done with slightly larger portions. Having said that, the pricing was very good considering the location and the quality of the food served. I would recommend this to anyone and we will certainly be back!
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    fit for foodies, outstanding value, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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  • Excellant restaurant.
    Henry
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Now been here several times. The staff are always friendly, helpful and attentive. The food is always well cooked and delicious. The menu offers a good selection of dishes without the pretension that so many restaurants in London succumb too. I particularly like the atmosphere in this restaurant, it's always relaxed and cheerful and I've never felt rushed. View over the thames especially lovely.
    Special Features:
    brunch, business meals, group bookings, pre/post theatre, romance, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fab!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Had a lovely meal. Service just right, and had a wonderful table even though I was on my own; for all those single diners who know we usually get relegated to outer Siberia!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    business meals, fit for foodies, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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  • bradbron
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Wonderful experience, before going to see "King Lear." My sister treated me for my birthday, otherwise I would have felt I had paid more than I am used to doing.Three days in London is an expensive break, for a pensioner from Edinburgh. We had reserved a table and I had a perfect view of the river and St Pauls
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  • What great staff
    DartmoorDan
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    The Swan has spectacular views of the London skyline which is primarily why we booked over the web. The views are everything that the website promises. We choose from the theater menu which was excellent. However, the most significant aspect of our visit to the Swan was the care we received from the staff when one of our party succumbed to a dizzy spell brought on by a day in the heat. The restaurant manager personally made sure our friend was stabilized and then moved us to a cool private room so she could recover. Thanks to the staff of the Swan.
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  • Lovely setting, slow service
    Ladyemily
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was my second visit to The Swan and both times service has been painfully slow. Priority is given to those seeing a show afterwards. Food is good (when it finally arrives!) and if you can grab a window seat there are lovely views over the Thames. Would go again but just for drinks
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • difficult customer
    jannyjan
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    One of the members of our party has very specific dietary requirements that make going to restaurants a pain most of the time. At the Swan they went out of their way to make sure that they had recommendations for her and made adjustments to dishes to accommodate. While service was a bit slow the food was worth the wait. Thank you
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    afternoon tea, brunch, pre/post theatre, special occasions
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    I would recommend this to a friend.