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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
  • Email: reservations@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: AMEX, 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, 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 British Tapas dishes, delicious three course dinners, drinks packages featuring fine English wines, a bespoke "Globe Theatre" shaped jelly (designed by Bompas & Parr) and great cocktails. The Swan was highly commended at The Event Awards 2011 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.
    A semi-private dining table in the restaurant can seat up to 16 guests and areas for up to 30 guests can be reserved in the bar.
  • Private Party Contact: Kathryn Green 0207 928 9444 x2
  • Entertainment: Chilled out music session 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 & 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
  • "The Swan has so much potential, great ambience, nice views and the staff are friendly and attentive. BUT, the food is appalling and way over priced for the quality. The starters were bland and unimaginative ; the prawn cocktail ( £9.50) consisted of micro prawns the ones you buy in Tesco value packs for 99p, lettuce and two dried pieces of cucumber. The fish stew was starter size portion and was so spicy that any flavour of fish was destroyed ( £17.95). We closed the bill and left not brave enough to risk desert. Seriously bad food! "
    dined on 17/04/2014
  • "Good value 2 or 3 course set lunch - great food with a wonderful view of the Thames looking across to St Pauls."
    dined on 16/04/2014
  • "The Swan at The Globe is more than a restuarant with a fantastic view but a place where you can enjoy very good food. We had the set menu. It was easy to choose what we each wanted but all decided for Duck Confit which was superb and with lovely lentils to accompany it. Delicious!"
    dined on 14/04/2014
  • "Had brunch with a friend recently. Food was excellent per expectation though slightly pricey. Location and service excellent and watching some film shoots with brit actors was an added bonus !!"
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "I've been to The Swan on a number of occasions as it's a lovely venue. Generally the food is of a high standard and there is a good atmosphere however every time either myself or my guests order steak it is not of a good quality and is not cooked particularly well. I would recommend The Swan but would always advise people to NOT order steak."
    dined on 10/04/2014
  • "Slightly disappointed with the limited pre-theatre menu - you can't get the full menu before 6pm, which wasn't clear when I booked. However, the atmosphere and service were well up to the usual standard."
    dined on 12/04/2014
  • "Another great visit to a restaurant with good food and superb views. Guests of mine never seems to have heard of it and others though the only eatery here is the much noisier brasserie below. Venture upstairs and enjoy!"
    dined on 03/04/2014
  • "Table as requested....fab view...fab food...and the most delightful service...from the young & friendly staff... Will definitely be returning..."
    dined on 05/04/2014
  • "We have been to the Swan on a number of occassions for lunch and it has walways retain a high standard of food and service. The NZ wine was excellent"
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Amazing restaurant and food and service didnt disappoint either. My London visitors loved everything about it. We weren't rushed and the staff were wonderful. Advisable to book beforehand if you have a group for dinner. Couldn't fault it, will definitely be returning - for food and definitely a G&T"
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Four of us went for Sunday lunch at the swan. The food was really good, and the restaurant had a fabulous view. However, this was totally spoilt by the waitress serving us, who was so rude throughout the meal that that is our lasting memory of the swan. She was condescending, and completely disinterested. The highlight came at the end of the meal when we were asked to pay the exact amount in cash as she was too busy to get change from the till. And they add the service charge to the bill! So although the food was very good, we would not go again."
    dined on 30/03/2014
  • "Great restaurnant with amazing views to St Pauls. Food and servcie very good and loved the ambience."
    dined on 27/03/2014
  • "If you're looking for an afternoon tea in a very nice looking surrounding with a spectacular view of the Thames and St Paul's, this is definitely worth a visit."
    dined on 29/03/2014
  • "Great location both in terms of the theatre itself and that part of London that does seem to have a certain buzz about it! But what do I know; I live in the sticks! Staff were attentive and friendly. Slight propensity to serve stuff in jars! What is that about? So pate to start..."Jar" with lovely toast on the side and banana dessert at the end located in a....."Jar"? But good food and fun lunch. Not a fan of service charge added to bill, prefer to offer my own generosity but overall "Very good""
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "Five do us went there for a special lunch after the ah lobe Tour. We were pleasantly surprised with the atmosphere and food. They phoned me to confirm the reservation the day before. We were given a window table as requested. Tap water was mentioned before asking. The set menu was a very good value, though the choice was naturally limited. The food presentation was similar to many others using a lidded glass container, and we didn't find much point in it (apart from their convenience) and wanted it other way. Wine list was not so long but more than enough for girls lunch. Overall, very satisfying experience. Would recommend to friends."
    dined on 25/03/2014
  • "Our pre theatre supper was beautiful. Clearly fresh ingredients all seasonal cooked with finesse. Fantastic flavours made our fish cakes something special. My companions had pea a mint soup which was delicate and tasty. My salmon rillette had a subtle lemon background note. We all had the plum crumble which was sublime. All this and views aof St Pauls and Tower Bridge. The Tower Bridge end of the restaurant is slightly partitioned from the main part, making it ideal for romance and business as it is quiet"
    dined on 22/03/2014
  • "We decided to come to The Globe for our daughters 21st Birthday and weren't disappointed. We opted for the Sunday lunch which we found extremely good value for money. The views across the Thames were amazing and the atmosphere itself was relaxed and the staff friendly and attentive considering it was really busy. At no point did we feel rushed to finish our meal for the next sitting. The Sunday lunch had a lovely homemade taste, with delicious bread and apple sauces. The gravy was lovely too. The desserts were just the right amount to compliment the main course. Millie had Happy Birthday written in icing on her dessert plate, a lovely touch. Our visit was hassle free and we will definitely be visiting again. We could not fault it."
    dined on 23/02/2014
  • "Went for a pre-theatre meal. Service and food were both excellent. The pre-theatre menu was great value for money. No sign of the shortcomings that some recent reviewers have alluded to."
    dined on 21/03/2014
  • "VAT added to the published set meal price - an unacceptable hidden extra"
    dined on 20/03/2014
  • "Clearly an off day for the Swan at the Globe, Breakfast was cold & slow, service wasn't much better..."
    dined on 18/12/2013
  • "With a good location at The Globe theatre, overlooking the river, the restaurant looked attractive as we entered. However, the greeting was not warm and the service all evening was disappointing. The food itself was below average (bearing in mind the cost) and two starters were returned. The choice on the wine list was satisfactory although again wines were a little pricey. The price for dinner for two people with aperitifs was £132, not matched by the level of service and cuisine."
    dined on 14/03/2014
    dined on 13/03/2014
  • "After arriving to a buzzing Tue night crowd in the downstairs bar area, I was immediately served by the maitre de. As I was 10 min early the table was not quite ready, so they showed me personally to some comfortable leather armchairs where we enjoyed a glass of prosecco, whilst watching the Thames sparkling and looking across to St Pauls all lit up. The meal itself was delicious, we shared the beetroot & goats curd salad and then had delicious Duck Confit and Salmon dish for main, both hot and fresh and delicious….the most amazing course though was the dessert…. We had a chocolate caramel mousse bar served with coconut sorbet and passionfruit sauce. The explosion of taste in your mouth was incredible. We would definitely dine there again"
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "As always, the Swan at the Globe was lovely BUT - if you are going to do a pre-theatre menu, likely to be used by your regular punters, please don't have EXACTLY the same menu I had last week, and a couple of weeks before. As I am a vegetarian, frankly there is only so much gnocchi I can eat. Also, having sent me two email reminders, I don't actually need a call to remind me again. Service was spectacularly good though, and having a waitress who can recommend wines with true knowledge is a massive boon!"
    dined on 11/03/2014
  • "We had the Sunday Lunch menu at 5:30 on a Sunday, we had a great table by the window, the food tasted and looked good and there was plenty of it. We liked the new layout of the restaurant - it seemed more open with better sized tables for groups of four. Thanks for a really enjoyable meal."
    dined on 09/03/2014
  • "The Restaurant rang to confirm the booking in person the day before. The Set menu was reasonably priced for 3 courses and the selection chosen was delicious and well presented. Concerns re: timings of food preparation for anything off the A La Carte menu caused some discussion. Service was good and efficient - staff friendly and well presented. Views were pleasant - dining room did not feel crowded. Early Saturday Lunch pre-matinee seemed child friendly and relaxed. To be recommended - we will be going back..."
    dined on 08/03/2014
  • "Our first meal at this restaurant, surprise for my wife, pre-theatre. Stunning location. Beautiful building and interior. Badly managed. Window table not noted despite being confirmed...shown to table next to server....had to ask to be moved to window seat...embarrassing. Strutty manager, clearly not in control. Inattentive clumsy and annoyingly gauche waitress, yanked cork on expensive white. Retreats to kitchen, brings back bottle full of cork. Wine warm. Manager called, she is not immediately sure what the fuss is about...offers to decant a white...new bottle asked for and an ice bucket, thank you. Main course, long wait, so we are anxious, and desert rushed. Table next to us had to give up on desert. Management needs serious shake up."
    dined on 06/03/2014
  • "We went to The Swan for a romantic meal and we weren't disappointed. Beautiful view, gorgeous, cosy ambience, and great food, it was a great night. The only gripe we had was that we had seven different waiters for the night! That's correct, seven! It became a joke after a while. I understand the need to get food served quickly, but this was taking the biscuit. We found it quite unsettling as different waiters would come and deliver our food, take away our plates at really inopportune times. Plus we didn't feel personally taken care of, which for a restaurant of this size and stature, we found very surprising. We would definitely come again, I hope they resolve the situation with service as it really is a great place to eat!"
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "The Swan's pre-theatre is varied and splendid, and their gnocchi especially splendid - enough perfect cheese sauce to give you nightmares for a week. The staff are lovely, and know when to interrupt and when not to - and we had a three course meal and still made it to our seats 5 minutes before curtain up. And the view - sigh!"
    dined on 03/03/2014
  • "We went for Sunday lunch. It's a really nice looking place with good views over the Thames. The staff were really friendly and helpful, and the quality if the food was very good. There was only one downside. It's seems to be a common problem with a lot of places serving Sunday roast, whilst it was a reasonable portion of food, and very well cooked, both my friend and myself, hardly had any beef, just two small slices which is a little disappointing considering that the main reason we were buying the dish, with the majority of the plate filled with veg. The Yorkshire pudding was excellent though"
    dined on 02/03/2014
  • "Good food, attentive service and a fine view (of a floodlit St. Paul's). Good value from the restricted (but very adequate) special menu."
    dined on 03/03/2014
  • "Great atmosphere for our w/e in London with friendly service.wine good value."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "Terrific venue, menu, views - perfect place to dine in style!"
    dined on 27/02/2014
  • "Both the food and service were excellent. A lovely restaurant."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "A pleasure venue with great views of the river Thames- a delicious afternoon tea."
    dined on 01/03/2014
  • "We have dined at The Swan restaurant a number of times and always enjoyed our meal. I was not, quite so impressed on this occasion, though, as we felt rather 'rushed'. My husband finished his starter ahead of me and I could see that the waitress was anxious to clear our plates away, so I felt under pressure to 'get a move on'. The second I put my fork down, she dashed over to remove our plates and you could then have barely counted to five before our main courses arrived. My main course was practically cold - I suspect it had been sitting around for some time, so I had to ask the waitress if it - and the jug of gravy - could be warmed up a little. The desserts were both ok but, overall, I did not enjoy this meal as much as previous meals."
    dined on 26/01/2014
  • "Strangely inattentive wine service, with long waits for apéritif as well as for the wine ordered with the food"
    dined on 26/02/2014
  • "The meal was excellent. Two of our party are vegetarians and they were well catered for. The food was beautifully presented and very good. The surroundings superb - with a wonderful view across the Thames."
    dined on 25/02/2014
  • "all i can say is this must of been the worst breakfast of my life, cold food, poor services and to top it off wrong bill presented at the end of the meal"
    dined on 20/02/2014
  • "Usually you find that you have to compromise on quality or value when dining somewhere overlooking such an iconic view. This was not the case with The Swan as the food was delicious and priced fairly, considering the location. The staff were attentive and friendly and I loved the mix of traditional and modern that has inspired the interior decor. I will definitely be visiting again soon!"
    dined on 23/02/2014