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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:
    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 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
  • "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."
    dined on 20/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 19/08/2014
  • "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...."
    dined on 16/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 15/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 14/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 13/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 10/08/2014
  • "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!"
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 09/08/2014
  • "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!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    dined on 08/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "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."
    dined on 06/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "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"
    dined on 03/08/2014
  • "A visit to the Swan is now an essential part of a visit to the Globe or Sam Wanamaker theatres. The restaurant is an attractive location in its own right, both food and service are excellent and the staff are always very friendly and welcoming."
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "What a lovely setting. Perfect view. Good natural light in the restaurant and food was outstanding. We had the three course pre theatre set menu - highly recommendable. Unfortunately it is too far to have a relaxed meal if you want to be in time for a west end show on the other side of the river - even so - it is not impossible - just go for the earliest booking. Will definitely recommend this restaurant!"
    dined on 02/08/2014
  • "Went before a show at the Globe - the menu they have on offer was great value for money and the choice was good. The service was friendly and the ambiance was great, especially with the view of St Paul's!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "The food was good (I had the lamb and my wife the lemon sole) but the service was poor - I had to ask for the chips I had ordered which didn't arrive with the meal and I thought the meal was rather expensive for lunchtime - £94 for 2 people for two courses with only water!"
    dined on 01/08/2014
  • "We had a fantastic post theatre anniversary meal, made all the more special because, when the staff got wind of how many years we were celebrating, they brought our desserts on a specially decorated plate!"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "We had a really great meal here before seeing Julius Caesar at the Globe. The food was excellent and the service was efficient and attentive but not obtrusive or rushed. As the restaurant got busier the volume levels became a bit excessive, however this was more to do with the large groups sat around us rather than anything else. Will definitely return and not just when I am attending the Globe"
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Although we were late arriving our table was still available. Waiting staff were informed by the hostess that we were attending the matinee and our meal was served very promptly and efficiently, without seeming rushed. We still had time for coffee and took our seats with a few minutes to spare. All in all it made for a very pleasant afternoon. Would definitely recommend theatre goers to eat at The Swan for convenience when attending The Globe."
    dined on 31/07/2014
  • "Delicious food in a wonderful setting between the Globe and the Thames. Mackerel pate and lamb rump especially recommended."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "Didn't know what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by the professionalism of the staff and the quality of the food. Outstanding and good value for London."
    dined on 30/07/2014
  • "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