Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

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5150 reviews
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Located at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, moments from London Bridge and the City of London, Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe is a beautiful Bar and Restaurant set over two floors, with stunning views of the Thames and St Paul’s.


Swan is serving seasonal modern British menus for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner and are available for private, pre and post-theatre dining. The venue also has a number of beautiful event spaces suitable for corporate events, private parties and weddings from 20 to 500 guests.


The bar is open all day serving breakfast, homemade cakes, light lunches and main meals, along with an extensive wine list, original cocktails and a selection of locally brewed ales.

Private Dining

Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe is a destination restaurant located on the site of the iconic Globe Theatre. Elevated on the second floor, the two private dining rooms boast unsurpassed river views across to St Paul’s Cathedral and the City.

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DA
London
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

beautiful restaurant, great service but the food is a bit expensive for what it is. The desserts are not great. Next time I will go pre-theatre instead of post - it was empty!

PM
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

Not much choice for vegetarians. Only thing on offer was a vegetarian wellington. It was nice enough, but served dry with no gravy and tiny portions of cabbage, carrot and roast potato. We asked for some gravy and after a long wait we were brought a tiny thimble full(for 2 people). We asked for more and then had another long wait before it came. One of our party had the roast beef which was a huge portion with a lovely Yorkshire pudding. Hardly seems fair to charge the same price, the veggie option must have cost a fraction of the price to produce. The pudding was sour and fruit under ripe, it was mango and passion fruit Eton mess, the chef can’t have tasted it before sending it out.
However the restaurant has a nice atmosphere and views to die for. If you’re not vegetarian, then maybe worth going.

OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

For my parents anniversary. Exceptional food as always! Lovely service and a great table with the best view in London. Thank you Swan!

E
London
15 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second visit to the Swan, location and food were once again incredible.

There is a great theatre menu avaliable, but I went for a la carte. The food is reasonably priced for a nice night out and recommend you make it an occasion. The upstairs were restuarant is has a lovely view and has a nice ambience.

SJ
Birmingham
5 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The food was good but the pre theatre menu was very limited, my friend had to have 2 starters as she didn’t like any of the main courses, if fact I struggled to find a main course I liked.
No a a la carte available at the time we were there.

W
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect timing from the staff ensured we finished in time for the show. The food, service and view were just fabulous, many thanks for helping to make our day very special!

B
London
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Small quantity of poor cuts of chicken (wings etc)

SB
1 review
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a window seat, so could enjoy the vista.
We were a little early, but seated quickly, the menu was good, and food hot.
An enjoyable pre theatre supper.

PT
Buckinghamshire
16 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location for a performance at The Globe. Kitchen and front of house well-versed in managing the restaurant so everyone can enjoy their food and still make the performance. Theatre menu has enough choice for everyone.

EM
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was expensive for what it was, total bill for 3 courses for 2 of us including wine was £150
My wife had the crab starter which was tasty, I had the salmon which was only ok, a bit unbalanced
For mains we had Lamb and pork and again, both were only ok
We did share a desert which was the special a chocolate tart which was pretty good. I do understand that with the theatre there is a limitation and offering cold starters means that time can be saved, but while the views are excellent and I couldn't in all honesty fault the staff, I just felt the food was pretty average.

Their cocktails were excellent though

R
Philadelphia
47 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Sunday Roast at The Swan was exceptional. Perfect setting overlooking the Thames River and right next to Shakespear's Globe Theater. Highly recommended for all dining, but especially good on Sunday and before the Theater.

W
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing nothing less. We enjoyed our afternoon tea served with a view over Themes. Everything was perfect.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, beautiful views, caring and friendly staff - just perfect. We had a couple of food intolerances which were catered for with no issues. Thank you so much.

SM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I visited the swan on Saturday for afternoon tea and would definitely recommend it. The waitress who looked after us was really lovely, polite, explained what we were having and was very attentive. All the staff were nice and the food was delicious. I would also recommend the cocktails.

OT
Austin
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 5

Should have arrived earlier. The service was poor, and very slow.

KH
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent location with a good atmosphere. Good service and food.

DH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for a typical English afternoon tea.
The Swan offer a super view on the Thames and St-Paul's.
The service was perfect and our meal delicious.
We had a exquisite afternoon tea.

S
London
20 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous location, fabulous staff and delicious food! I had a wonderful birthday celebration. Thank you!

P
London
14 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great staff and food in a lovely setting

AH
London
3 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I called the swan before my visit and received a fantastic, helpful service. Friendly, attentive staff on arrival. The afternoon tea was delicious and truly unique and I believe a great price given the location of the restaurant. The service upstairs was slow at times but they were attentive and not pushy so the waiting didn't detract from a lovely meal overall. It was a beautiful day so the atmosphere was wonderful in and around the restaurant. I would definitely go again. The roasts being served around us looked very appealing.

O
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We had a lovely afternoon tea, although the portions could have been a little bigger for four of us with a very hungry 6’3 male. It wasn’t made clear if you could ask for more sandwiches.
Overall it was delicious, staff friendly and we would happily go again.

CD
London
26 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, excellent service, brilliant view over the river. We were pre-theatre (when they only serve the pre-theatre menu), but they were very helpful and provided extra flexibility to deal with some dietary needs. The food all came without undue delay, which is important pre-theatre!

JO
London
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for wife's birthday,really can't fault it . We had a lovely evening

c
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic prelude to a performance at Shakespeare's Globe. Starters (potato and leek soup), mains (sand carrot salad, coley with spring potatoes) and dessert (strawberry mousse) were each delightful. Impeccable service. We were seated upstairs in a corner table with an unobstructed view of St. Paul's across the Thames. Fantastic evening.

SG
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to relax over dinner with a fantastic view over the Thames.

JW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Prompt service from friendly staff. Excellent terrine.

M
Orange County
214 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Birthday lunch before the Merry Wives of Windsor. Two of us had the cod which was excellent. Great service

VV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a great afternoon tea experience, and I would suggest this restaurant to all of my friends. The service was lovely, and the food was AMAZING!!!!!

JP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The afternoon tea at The Swan is amazing. It is a yearly treat for myself and my mum and we thoroughly enjoy it. The food is delicious and the service and attention to detail is exceptional. Would thoroughly recommend having an ice cold glass of Prosecco with your food. The staff accommodated us both having the vegetarian option with included a great selection of finger sandwiches.
I’d definitely recommend The Swan for an exceptional experience 😁

2
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has a great vibe and food was delicious. The service was very warm and engaging. Food served very promptly, and perfect for pre-theatre.

FI
London
1 review
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The second time I have enjoyed afternoon tea at the Swan. Lovely setting & excellent value for money

D
Memphis
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful view with a beautiful dining room. Food presentation is lovely.

SC
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Faultless!!!! Lovely setting, attentive staff and a fabulous champagne afternoon tea. Would definitely recommend *

OT
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our Afternoon Tea at Swan. We enjoyed everything - from all the smiling, helpful and lovely staff, the beautiful decor and view to the absolutely delicious scones and cakes. Well worth the visit!

OT
Bedfordshire
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was lovely as usual

OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The asparagus starters were the smallest pieces of asparagus I have seen. The cod with bisque was served without a bisque and the crab cannelloni was 1 small parcel - this was taking the ....

MB
London
16 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The word that jumps into your head as you leave is adequate... perfectly positioned for a pre theatre meal before going to the globe it slightly lets itself down with an average menu and lacklustre service ... the latter can be summed up but not being offered a sweet menu and the waitress serving our table proving elusive when we were looking to pay the bill... nothing worth complaining about but when you are surrounded by so many excellent restaurants it is lucky for the Swan that it can count on its association with the Globe to get the punters in.

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my visit to the Swan. The ambience was nice, staff were friendly and the food was tasty. The views were stunning.
2 out of 3 of us ordered the scallops to start which were not what we were expecting - it was a cold starter and, although I didn't find it unpleasant, we were expecting nicely golden seared scallops rather than the very thin slithers of scallops that arrived.
The lamb was delicious and the wine was nice. Dessert was also very pleasant.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!

AB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was really good, the surroundings were smart and modern, the wine list was lovely. We had a special evening with our older teen children and thoroughly enjoyed the show directly after dinner. All in all, a great night.

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