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The Swan at The Globe
The Swan at The Globe

The Swan at The Globe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.loveswan.co.uk
  • Phone: 0207 928 9444
  • Hours of Operation:

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


    Sat, Sun: 11am - 3pm


    Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2:30pm

    Sat: 11am - 5pm

    Sun: 11am - 6pm


    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 0207 928 9444 x128
  • 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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "Very tasty food and a gorgeous atmosphere on the side of the river. Would definitely go again!"
    dined on 27/07/2014
  • "Such a great choice to have a catch up with friends, we requested a round table near the window which had such an amazing view of the Thames & St. Pauls Cathedral. The food was delicious and the service was just right. My main dish could have been hotter and this was echoed by others in our party but it did not affect our enjoyment of this fantastic venue. Will definitely be back again!"
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We did the theatre set menu which worked out much cheaper than the a la carte menu. Food was good,although i had the fruit salad and it looked like one you get in a plastic tub from tesco! The restaurant and views of the thames were lovely. Our waiter wasn't great, he brought the wrong wine and starters and charged us for 3 people when there was obviously only 2 of us-maybe he was new. Overall the experience was good."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "The staff were very friendly and helpful. They were attentive and not only helped us enjoy a relaxed meal before our performance at the Globe but suggested the best way into the Theatre and made sure we were in good time. The set three course lunch was varied and appetizing, we had a Pymms overlooking the river on a beautiful summer afternoon. A very pleasant dining experience all in all."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "We had booked lunch at 12 before attending a performance at the Globe Theatre at 2pm. On arrival at our table our waiter asked us if we were attending the theatre which made us feel he was looking after us. The waiter was very helpful. The lunch menu only had one vegetarian choice on it, which I didn't fancy, so he said he would bring me the bar menu and I could either choose something from that or the chef would be happy to make something else for me. The bread and olives to start were tasty. The main course arrived in good time and was very good. A good choice of dessert,s and again we could choose from alternate menus. Lunch felt very relaxed and un-hurried but we still made it to the theatre in plenty of time."
    dined on 26/07/2014
  • "For a meal before a performance at the Globe it cannot be beat."
    dined on 25/07/2014
  • "All was just perfect. The gnocchi, especially flavorful."
    dined on 22/07/2014
  • "We ate here before going to a performance but even if you're not it's a lovely place to eat by the Thames with a good solid menu suitable for most tastes. Will definitely eat here again and would recommend booking ahead to ensure the best tables."
    dined on 20/07/2014
  • "Booked this for 6 plus a 7month old. The open table offer of the glass of prosecco for the standard price made it special & refreshing on a hot humid& sunny Saturday. the restaurant was busy but we felt well-attended too and the youngest guest was made v welcome. sandwiches were all brioche which was fine on a hot afternoon tea& sweet treats were delicious. All the windows were open so we enjoyed a breeze as well as great views of the river & st pauls. Nice treated for a guest on first visit to London."
    dined on 19/07/2014
  • "As Americans traveling to London for a Shakespeare's Globe performance, we wondered where to have our pre-theatre dinner. After a short Internet search, we discovered the Swan, conveniently located right next to the Globe. We easily made reservations on OpenTable.co.uk. The Swan featured a pre-theatre menu with several choices, a fine selection of wines and (of course) a huge beer menu. The food was delicious - not a certainty in London, the staff was professional, and we were out the door in time for the show. We will certainly recommend the Swan and OpenTable to all our traveling friends!"
    dined on 18/07/2014
  • "We ALWAYS dine here before a show and find the pre-theatre menu to be excellent value for money"
    dined on 17/07/2014
  • "Fantastic ambience and views . We went for an early dinner . food could be a little better and with some vegetables . Service and ambience makes up for it !"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "would not hesitate to recommend this restaurant to anyone. Reasonably priced. Fabulous location. Really well managed establishment. Wonderful friendly staff"
    dined on 16/07/2014
  • "the gnocchi and the rib eye for two was amazing. great ambiance and view over the thames"
    dined on 14/07/2014
  • "3rd time to this restaurant bringing overseas visitors. Great food and service on each visit. Will be coming back again"
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "We had only been to the Swan at the Globe for a wedding before, and the food was great, so we went for a pre-Globe play lunch this Sunday. Although it was early and the restaurant almost empty, we loved the peacefulness and quiet, and the lovely views over the river and St Pauls. The food was excellent, probably the best gnocchi I've ever eaten in a restaurant, and the waiters were also very lovely and polite."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "Had a 1130 booking and when I confirmed I said it was for lunch, but when I got seated I got told lunch wasn't served until 12, so I had to order brunch instead because my show was at 1pm. Would have been good to know this beforehand! Otherwise food was ok."
    dined on 13/07/2014
  • "The Swan is a very nice place to go to for a good meal on a nice day. We were not aware of the pre fixe menu and as a result my husband didn't eat. The list was very short with only three main courses to choose from. We might try it again when the full menu is available."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "Lovely location for a very pleasant afternoon tea. No air con so very hot on a very hot day but otherwise a lovely place with nice staff."
    dined on 12/07/2014
  • "For pre or post theatre at the Globe, why go anywhere else? View is spectacular, food and service excellent, and walk straight between the theatre and the restaurant within the same complex. Would also recommend for someone looking for good british cuisine in a traditional setting."
    dined on 11/07/2014
  • "Rebecca was most helpful with preparing a list of choices that my Dairy-intolerant wife was able to eat, and switching from the set menu to do so."
    dined on 10/07/2014
  • "Beautiful food, great service..a perfect venue. We had Salt Beet and the Salmon...both beautifully cooked. Timed well to see the play at the Globe that night."
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "I had the gazpacho soup and to uninitiated did not realise it was cold. The special was lobster at £29 verses salted beef and salmon on the theatre menu. How about a special but not so expensive. The salted beef dwarfed the new potatoes and carrots or were they beans. Why not a smaller piece of meat and a second vegetable. Surely the theatre menu could have more choice! Nearly had a disaster as we had to share an ice bucket when a manager nearly gave our neighbours our wine. As mentioned service was fine and we have eaten here 5 times previously but not sure we will go back"
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Three of us had pre-theatre lunch at the café. It was nothing special -- OK food at an OK price. The service was indifferent. One practice we observed is not acceptable and we raised the matter with management. The waiter asked for a credit card so we could run a tab (we had a drink first, then ordered lunch). His intent was to keep the card in a folder until the end of the meal (presumably to prevent diners running off without paying). However, our bank and every bank now recommends that cardholders NEVER let their cards out of their sight for extended periods because of fraud. So we refused to let our card go and had to pay each time we were served an item. Management has to find a way to resolve this!"
    dined on 09/07/2014
  • "Lovely friendly welcome, cheerful staff. Delicious food, was a shame that they waited so long after our main that we didn't have time for a desert before we had to go to catch the performance. Well priced theatre menu and a lovely setting."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "A group of us met to dine prior to attending that evening's performance of Titus Andronicus at the Globe. Everything was as one would have wished. There was a suitable choice of tasty dishes on the set menu, but also flexibility about leaving it (as two of our party desired to do); the service was impressively swift without giving the impression of rushing us, and the bill was brought promptly to table when requested in order that we could leave in good time to take our seats next door. I shall certainly be booking a meal at the Swan the next time I attend a performance at the Globe, and would recommend the same to my friends."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Ideal for pre-theatre dinner (which is what we had). Lovely location direct on Bankside and with superb view of St Paul's/the City (book early and try and get a window seat if possible!) We found the set menu (£25.00 per head) rather limited and I did not particularly enjoy the salted beef main course (unlike my wife who loved it), but the dessert was delicious, Served it purpose will and I would book again if we were going to see a play at the Globe again but I doubt if I would book just for a meal in its own right as this corner of London is bursting with good places to eat."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "Arrived at 12:30 for our reservation, not crowded at all. Yet almost late for 2pm show. People all around us who arrived later were served first. Limited menu, good not great and very expensive. Very disappointed."
    dined on 08/07/2014
  • "The restaurant is in a great location with great views. Food was good but not amazing, staff were very friendly and welcoming."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "We had a lovely family get together , enjoyed the environment and the meal was lovely. Excellent staff too."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "The starter was excellent for both guest and myself. The main course vegetables were good. However I had chosen the beef, I don't know what cut it was but it was rather tough and "chewy'" and sorry to say rather disappointing. my guest chose the salmon and that was fine, I wished afterwards that I had done the same. The sweets were excellent, mine in particular where a superb fruit salad was produced to avoid dairy products, so I was delighted with that."
    dined on 05/07/2014
  • "Very poor service. Had booked for a pre-theatre meal. We're left waiting for 20 minutes with no one to take our order. Finally had to flag down someone who was less than polite in her response. The salmon fillet had a bone in it - pointed it out to wait staff. Left waiting with dirty dishes on the table. At end of dessert, the wait person came over with the bill - no offer of tea/ coffee made. They further had the temerity to add 'discretionary' service charge on top. When asked to remove this, I was asked to justify why they should do this. As if it was their right to claim the extra 12.5%. Will never go there or recommend it to anyone."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "Attentive staff, good food,fabulous view. Three course lunch prior to going to the theatre, good vale, highly recommend."
    dined on 04/07/2014
  • "We had the three course meal prior to the performance at the Globe. We were escorted to our table promptly on arrival, our order taken and we received three excellent dishes at a very reasonable price. All items were served in a timely manner, but without ever feeling rushed. Great views of the Thames from the dining area. It made a wonderful start to our evening."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "The food sucked and it was very very very very overpriced! The view was ok at best."
    dined on 03/07/2014
  • "On set menu food choice was OK, and most of dishes were good. Salt beef is to be avoided though. Its a great venue for having a quick meal before the Globe."
    dined on 02/07/2014
  • "Always a pleasure to enjoy the delicious food as river life floats by"
    dined on 01/07/2014
  • "Having been before I knew the service and food would be of good quality and they did not disappoint. We opted for the two course lunch meal which was just right for us and beautifully cooked. They even gave us a little plate of truffles with Happy Birthday written in chocolate around the side as it was my Mother's 80th birthday. Will not hesitate to go back."
    dined on 30/06/2014
  • " Pre-performance dining at the Globe immediately puts you in the Shakespeareian mood! The Swan restaurant within the theater complex is delightfully situated on the top floor overlooking the Thames. And, the food is excellent, well-served and in a timely way so that you make the curtain without a rushed feeling. The portions are huge...be advised...but all delicious. The vegetables particularly fresh and well-prepared. Go...make it a complete experience!!"
    dined on 29/06/2014
  • "Place nice and friendly service on the door but fever all service slow , in attentive and I'll informed. Shame as it spoilt a potentially nice meal."
    dined on 29/06/2014