The Swan at The Globe
21 New Globe Walk
London, SE1 9DTNeighbourhood:
BritishPrice: £26 to £40
The Swan at The Globe
- Dining Style: Casual Dining
- Website: http://www.loveswan.co.uk/
- Phone: 020 7928 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: Alexis Guillemot
- 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'.
- Entertainment: Private tours of Shakespeare's Globe can be arranged for private parties.
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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- Diners' Choice WinnerPre/post Theatre
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The Swan at The Globe reviews from OpenTable diners
501 reviews since 28 November 2013
pre/post theatre (312)special occasions (197)sunday lunch (131)romance (112)fit for foodies (82)business meals (78)group bookings (61)brunch (61)afternoon tea (56)outstanding value (32)good vegetarian options (28)child friendly (10)disabled access (9)outdoor eating (6)Show More
- Great lunch with splendid view and good foodalanatcroydonVIPDined on 25/11/2014Been here several times and late into the lunch hour, had a table by the window. Service pretty good though it declined as they got less busy! Highlights for me were the beetroot salad, and the perfectly cooked calves liver. Enjoyed the shiraz-viogner red wine. Certainly somewhere to go as a special treat. You do not need to be going to a theatre performanceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Pre-theatre menuGillat97Dined on 24/11/2014We ate the 3-course pre-theatre menu, and thought it good value considering the wonderful location and accessibility to the theatres. There were only three options for each course, but my soup, pork belly and lemon posset were all very tasty and attractively presented. The service was rather casual, with a waitress who did'n't seem to understand English. Courses arrived quite speedily, allowing plenty of time before the performance.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect pre-theatre settingFlorianaDined on 23/11/2014For a pre-Globe visit, this is excellent. Book in advance and tell them you are going to theatre. Service was very good but they had run out of a standard chicken dish by 6.15pm replaced with enormous roast meal with superb Yorkshire pudding - probably a Sunday speciality. Next time, we'll allow longer for meal and enjoy the views!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect Pre-theatre MealWilcoDined on 22/11/2014The outlook from this restaurant is exceptional - across the Thames to St Pauls, the epitome of London. The service was very attentive throughout hitting the appropriate mixtures of formality and informality, and being there when needed but not in your face. The food was well cooked and presented and enjoyed thoroughly by the whole party. The portions were of good size. For a such good food and service in such a wonderful setting, the value was outstanding. If visiting the Globe or Wanamaker, why even consider anywhere else for a pre-theatre meal?Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The SwanLondonerDined on 21/11/2014A faultless and delicious pre-theatre meal last Friday, with excellent service and in a very convivial setting.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- JanusDined on 19/11/2014The setting is fantastic and the service is good. I really enjoyed the food. I have been there several times and have always had a great experience.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The restaurant with the best view in LondonHermioneDined on 19/11/2014The view from the restaurant is stunning, particularly at night. The imaginative lighting and design of the restaurant actually complemented the view and in character was of a piece with the theatres. The food was excellent and the service friendly and attentive without being overbearing or a nuisanceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Slightly mixed feelingsQilinDined on 18/11/2014There are lots of pluses and a few minuses about eating at The Swan. It's obviously extremely convenient if you're going on to a show at The Globe or The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse - you're on the spot and the restaurant is geared to getting you to the show on time. The setting is great, with wonderful views across the Thames to St Paul's. The service was outstandingly friendly and attentive. There's a big selection of wines by the glass. Minuses? The food was good, but slightly less tasty than it sounded on the menu - haddock arancini a bit hard and short of haddock, for example. If you go pre-theatre there is only the pre-theatre menu available, with a choice of three dishes per course. That is carefully explained to you before you go, which suggests to me that there may have been grumbles about this. And while the price is reasonable for three courses, no two-course deal is available. The four of us ate only one pudding, for the cost of four, which in effect pushes up the price, and I don't like paying for food I can't eat.Special Features:
- Be careful which day you choose to go!GingerdomVIPDined on 16/11/2014The Globe is like 2 very different restauants on different days. On a weekday evening the food and service are both excellent and on our previous visit I wrote a glowing review. On Sunday, however, the place is like any other pub, only with a limited Sunday lunch menu, slow service, loud groups and mediocre food - all at an over the top price. Oh - and we were overcharged. Avoid on Sundays!!!
- ICTreviewDined on 15/11/2014Restaurant is in a wonderful tourist spot by the river and the Globe Theatre - but it is not just a tourist restaurant. We Londoners appreciated the food and service, and the view!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Magnificent location, good dinningsophieDined on 14/11/2014The service and food are good if not outstanding but the room and particularly the views are really excellent. They have a tendency to fill your wine and water glass far, far too often so that it becomes quite annoying and they took away the top of the water bottle which was unwise as both of us were tired and so clumsy. The food was interesting but not exceptional. I had the aranccini with fish and leeks which were nice but the filling for aranccini needs to have a stronger flavour to balance the rice and there were extraordinarily few gnocchi in my main dish. but we had a good Vinho Verde for a reasonable £26. They knew we were going to a 7.30 production but it all got a bit chaotic and we finally squeaked into the theatre as they rang the 1 minute bell, rather nerve wracking and indigestion inducing. But, the location makes up for all that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely waitress, horrible 'greeter'InsultedDined on 13/11/2014I have been to the Swan many times as it is a favourite as a special treat. However, this visit I was disappointed at the reception I received when i arrived (smartly dressed) 5 minutes early for my table. Apart from being 'looked up and down' in a derisory way by the rather abrupt greeting staff, she then told me my table wasn't ready and that I would 'have to go back downstairs' - I have a problem with my leg, so I said I would rather sit down than climb more of the stairs I'd just come up! - I didn't mind sitting at my table as it was vacant, but just needed re-dressing. Again more disdainful looks and I was taken to a room across the landing that seemed to be a cafe/bar. Why she couldn't have suggested this in the first place, I don't know. I had been sitting there for about 2 minutes max when she came back and commanded me back to the restaurant as the table was now ready! Was this initial dismissal really necessary? I could have gone all the way downstairs to have immediately have had to turn round and come back again in the time it took her to ready the table! My companion for the evening was similarly greeted with a 'where are you going?, come back here' barked at her when she dared to come straight up from the bar to the restaurant all by herself! This is no way to treat customers - your greeter on the night (Thurs 13/11) needs retraining or placed in a non-customer facing role. I have marked the service as 'outstanding' btw, As our Brazilian female table waitress was the polar opposite to the door guard, and couldn't have been lovelier, or more efficient' Ambience marked low as we had a very loud man at the table next to us, which obviously the Swan can't do much about, but that along with the rather rude 'welcome' didn't warrant a higher score.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dinner a little earlyMgdevsDined on 8/11/2014We went to the swan after The Lord Mayor's fireworks therefore we arrived by 17.55. Turns out we then had to order the theatre menu , which was obviously limited. ...or wait till 18.30. After much debate we went for theatre menu. It was ok, fine for pre theatre food if the theatre is main event of your evening but was a little underwelming if the meal was your main event! Still it saved us a fair bit of cash and everyone was pleased to be finished early after a long day sightseeing and home in time for x-factor :-)Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/11/2014Lovely round table by the window as requested. Very good service and food.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- must do bettertheatreloverDined on 7/11/2014The location is marvellous, the decor pleasant if poorly lit, the service friendly if inept.... This would all be forgivable as the place is so convenient for the theatre, but we won't be going again. Our fishcake main course (the only fish option) was horrible - overcooked, over-seasoned, greasy and heavy. The wine was outrageously expensive - nearly £50 for a dull, flabby, and warm, soave. The desserts were pleasant (rice pudding) but not particularly interesting, and the espresso coffees just about the worst we've had in a year of eating out in London restaurants. We wrote it off this time as a charitable donation for the theatre, but we'll try eating at the Tate Modern next time we have tickets for the Globe theatres.Special Features:
- Low Key BirthdayExNW3Dined on 6/11/2014With any pre-theatre meals the thoughts are likely to be more of the performance to come than the food in front of you. However, we have never been disappointed by the food. This was the first time we had come for lunch so the food was very much centre stage. Our guests who had never been to The Swan before were delighted and have resolved to come again and we know we shall.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent serviceMgtWDined on 5/11/2014Our pre-theatre service ran slightly late. The staff were very helpful in arranging desserts and coffee to be made available during the interval. They were waiting for us as we arrived back at the interval. All the food was delicious but a very special thanks to all the staff for giving us such a great evening with extra special service. I hope I'll be able to return soon.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fabulous!Nk84Dined on 1/11/2014The restaurant is absolutely beautiful, lovely views of London. The food was outstanding, I had the lamb shank, best I have had in a long time! The staff were very friendly, we had a wonderful evening. I would definitely return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- An excellent meal with good attendent service.PQRSDined on 31/10/2014An excellent meal with good attendent service. Topped off with a spectacular view of St. Pauls Cathedral, and all in a relaxed but attentive atmosphere.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- disappointingDisappointedDined on 30/10/2014We thought the menu choice was uninspiring and the monkfish option rather bland. Two of our party opted for the cod, which again was rather boring. The celeriac purée was sparce, the kale more interesting. This is not a place fit for foodies. The puddings were better, particularly the chocolate brownie. The coffee was good. We found the continual topping up of our glasses rather intrusive. The situation of course is wonderful and the views superb. We sat down with high hopes! I would not recommend this restaurant, we all thought the food was disappointing.Special Features:
- LibbyDined on 29/10/2014Wonderful location. Particularly liked the look of the semi-private room overlooking The Globe Theatre court. .Food excellent quality (especially the lamb shank) & stylish. Service attentive - BUT head waiter & staff consistently leant across one of my guests to serve my 2nd guest, though there was PLENTY of room to walk round & do it politely. Side dishes v. expensive. £3.50 each for 2 tablespoons of red cabbage & 15 chips.Special Features:
- AlexDined on 21/10/2014Great view of St. Paul Cathedral specially at night time. Friendly and great atmosphere.Special Features:
- The restaurant with a London viewcolinseumDined on 19/10/2014The welcome and service were very user friendly and the meal and wine were both superb along with a wonderful view of St.Paul's and the river which constantly changed during the evening to provide a romantic setting. This enhanced the whole evening experience at the Theatre.Special Features:
- Spoilt by servicediasporanDined on 19/10/2014what was meant to be a relaxed supper before the show was spoilt by extremely slow service which introduced a feeling of tension
- Great food and viewHectorDined on 18/10/2014Superb !!! We had the pre theatre menu and loved it Beetroot tart was outstanding Will go backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The SwanOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 17/10/2014My dinner partner and I found the menu rather odd and eccentric. The service could not have been better and our waitress was outstanding. But we struggled to find something on the menu which really appealed. The combinations were unusual and everything seemed to be served with polenta - from my extremely salty cod with red wine sauce to my wife's pork chop.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Dessert to die forCaroleDined on 16/10/2014Polite speedy service and a chocolate pudding for two - devine! We would recommend The Swan.Special Features:
- Great atmosphere with superb viewsTedmundoDined on 14/10/2014Had a drink in the bar before dinner. Bar staff were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable. Lots of people in the bar but the atmosphere was relaxed. We sat outside to take in the beautiful evening views of the Thames and St. Paul's. The restaurant is upstairs and we were given a fantastic table for two, overlooking the river. (Personally, I'd have positioned the chairs so that both customers could see the view, but currently one faces the window and the other faces into the restaurant). I had the burrata followed by the fillet of sea trout. My partner had the veal starter, followed by lemon sole. All courses were beautifully presented although somewhat lacking in flavour. Service was attentive and the house wines were very good!Special Features:
- Sunday lunchneddyDined on 12/10/2014This was the third or fourth time I have had sunday lunch at the Swan. Each time the food and service have been very good - and at the same time you get one of the best views in London.Special Features:
- Excellent MealPumpernickelDined on 7/10/2014The food was very good, with interesting recipes, beautifully prepared and presented. Service was outstanding; nothing was too much trouble and the staff were very aware that we needed to be out in time for the play. I couldn't eat any of the set menu desserts as they all contained gluten, but I was immediately provided with an alternative with no fuss. Great start to our evening.Special Features:
- Quick mealGlobefanDined on 6/10/2014Food was reasonable and convenient on a wet October evening for the play. I could not book at 6pm though it was not full at 6.15pm when we arrived. We were rushed though as food took a little time to arrive as one of our party had to catch us up. All in all it served a purpose but not a destination place to eat - many more places in the area that compete. Barley risotto was tasty and sad we did not have time to sample the puds.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food but better if it was hot!sandpDined on 5/10/2014Lovely pub and the upstairs dining room has great views over the river. We came for Sunday lunch, a really nice Sunday lunch menu. Our waitress was lovely, very helpful and friendly. The menu isn't cheap for Sunday lunch but the food and wine were very good so pretty good value- and you expect to pay a bit more for the ambience. Our only complaint was that the food came out lukewarm at best. A couple of our party complained and the meals were replaced but they did have to wait a while. The waiter said the reason it took so long to replace was that he had to run up and down stairs to the kitchen rather than using the lift which he would have to wait 30 mins for- which perhaps gives a bit of a clue as to why the food was coming out cold!Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 4/10/2014I wanted to take friends, who don't live in London, for a special meal, so chose The Swan, mainly for its setting. We were given a table in the window with a super view of the river, so I was very pleased. The service was excellent - unobtrusive and no pressure to leave. All in all, very satisfied.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Perfect prelude to theatreAnonandanonDined on 1/10/2014We had a very enjoyable lunch before seeing the "Comedy of Errors" at the Globe". The food was very good, the service friendly, attentive and highly professional. What better way to start the afternoon's entertainment. Pity about the music, though, too loud and thumping. Would prefer no music at all, just my comnpanion's conversation, but otherwise something quiet and inoffensiveSpecial Features:
- The Swan was lovely...OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 30/9/2014Food, service, value were all great... Staff was very attentive to making the event special. A perfect compliment to Shakespeare at the Globe!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- CruesDined on 27/9/2014We have visited the Swan on several occasions as a couple and with friends. Consistently high standard of foodSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great foodkats2000VIPDined on 26/9/2014Amazing food, it is a true gastropub. Will be back soon for more!Special Features:
- Pre Theatre MealThe4HerbsDined on 25/9/2014If you are considering visiting for a pre theatre meal - it is perfect, ideal setting, comfortable, excellent food and service and puts you right in the mood for an evening being entertained at the Globe. Would recommend to foodies and luvvies and artisans!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Poor value for moneyluv2dineDined on 23/9/2014The Swan is a lovely place to go to for a meal with panoramic views of the river and ambience. But the service and attention to detail is poor value for the money you pay. The pre-theatre menu is limited for vegetarians and those with nut allergies. We had informed the restaurant in advance of both needs but were still served a starter with walnuts. When I discussed this with the waiter, he very grudgingly acknowledged it as a mistake. I had to point out that traces of nuts as a disclaimer on the menu is not the same as being served actual nuts. It made us wary of the trolleyed desserts and we risked just the one which was prepared without nuts.The service was incredibly slow and we barely made it to our seats in time for the performance.Special Features:
- Perfect for pre-theatrematai100Dined on 23/9/2014We had booked the Globe Theatre for my husband's birthday and The Swan seemed the obvious place for a pre-dinner meal. The surroundings were superb - a very clever mix of traditional and contemporary. Our waiter was great - friendly but not over familiar. My only observation would be the food was a little unimaginative but for pre-theatre perfectly acceptable.Special Features: