Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

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5068 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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Special Offers

River View Menu: 2 courses £29.50/3 courses £32.50 & cocktail

2 courses £29.50 & 3 courses £32.50 with Love Potion cocktail served on arrival.

Terms and Conditions: Maximum of 8 diners. Includes VAT, excludes service.

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 1 May 2019

Ends: 31 May 2019

Availability: Mon-Sat 12:00-15:00 17:00-22:00

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TR
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful. The birthday chocolates were a lovely surprise

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CL
London
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had the set menu in the River side restaurant. The food was lovely, the cocktails were amazing, the service was great. The views over the Thames to St Paul's were lovely too. I would definitely recommend Swan to anyone. Thanks

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic time were looked after excellently well. The food was fabulous and would recommend visiting. We will definitely be going back.

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RL
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great venue, good food with excellence service. A little on the pricey side for a sunday roast but the restaurant ambience and view does make up for it.

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CC
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The decor and ambiance is nice.
Staff are attentive and polite.
The menu is limited , although there is a decent wine list. I had the saddle of rabbit, which I found to be quite flavourless and dry.
Better food can be had locally at a lower price point.

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MW
Charleston
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So convenient when going to Globe for a show next door. Delicious food and drinks with several choices for pre-fix dinner!

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KM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely afternoon tea. The scones with jam/clotted cream were the best. My husband had the gentleman's afternoon tea and that was delicious.

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VM
London
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and a great location! We were right by the window so we could see the Thames from our table. A truly wonderful experience.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 14 May 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

We had the fixed menu prior to the evening show .
The food was tasteless, dry, the main was over cooked and the presentation was atrocious.
We are traveling from Australia and every time we’re in London we have dinner at the Swan before the show.
Previously it has been a pleasure.
The staff kept changing so it was difficult to order drinks.
We had 5 individual wait staff for a two course meal

We will not be coming back
We were served expensive rubbish

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great venue overlooking the river. Spacious, friendly staff who could be a little more attentive to dirty plates, unused cutlery and excessive glasses on the table, great food. Would highly recommend.

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food , extremely professional and polite staff and good prices. Would definitely recommend

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AS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Food a little bland. Starters over fussy. Location and ambience wonderful and staff very professional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. A stamdard afternoon tea menu but the staff made it a great experience.

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Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Midsummer’s Night Dream Afternoon Tea at Swan. The food was great, service was excellent, the cocktails were perfectly mixed and the view was stellar. It was well themed without going overboard or being cheesy. I highly recommend it.

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OB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Having eaten there a number of times it never disappoints

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m
Kent
5 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my sister for an afternoon tea - we had such a great time! Food was amazing and fresh and everything - from the service to the atmosphere - very Shakespearean. Would go back now!

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T
London
14 reviews
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Very efficient service for a quick dinner beteeen matinee and evening shows.

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TV
London
1 review
Dined on 10 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Swan is one of my favourite restaurants. It is located on the banks of the river with great views of St Paul's and the London skyline.

The food is consistently good and the service is excellent too. The lunchtime menu is always interesting and very good value. The staff make you feel welcome. Always a very nice experience.

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M
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff were very friendly and welcoming. Our waitress was knowledgeable re the wine list and our glasses were replenished without us having to help ourselves. Water was automatically brought to the table and refilled. Food was well cooked.

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BH
London
1 review
Dined on 9 May 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Spacious 1 st floor restaurant with terrific views across the Thames to the North side, St Pauls and all the new high rise develop rents on Cannon St and the City.
Service prompt and smiley - food hot, well presented and with good choices for veggies/vegans amongst us.

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SH
London
31 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great views across the Thames and food was delicious, staff were attentive, knowledgeable and were accommodating of dietary requirements.

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AB
1 review
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and food were excellent as well as the views across to the city

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ML
West Sussex
4 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The views over the river are very nice but the food and service is outstanding.

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j
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We loved our evening dining experience because the staff were all SO lovely and courteous. The food was excellent and we were pleased to have such great vegetarian options to choose from. The only feedback or criticism would be that we felt a quite rushed. We ordered drinks downstairs as we had arrived a bit early, the greeter asked if we were attending a play and we said yes, she told us we had lots of time and suggested we order a drink and relax. But then we were told our table was ready and that staff would bring our cocktails up. Upstairs, Our server asked if we wanted to wait to order when our drinks were done and we said yes, we appreciated that! But then a minute later another server asked us to order. Being compliant we did, but our starters arrived immediately, even though we hadn’t finished our drinks. Then the mains came too quickly, too.. so in the end we were not able to relax over dinner and we were way too early for our Globe play.
Other than that, the food and staff were above average.

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MD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly wonderful staff, excellent food, inspiring views. Nothing else you could ask for.

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MN
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for lunch on our anniversary before going to The Globe. We had a lovely time, lovely and friendly staff, the food was fantastic, and we couldn't have asked for a better atmosphere on our special day. Most importantly, the waiter who helped our table was absolutely gentleman with great calm and patience. I can't wait to go back again soon.

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LJ
London
1 review
Dined on 5 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Unfortunately the restaurant is trying too hard to make Sunday lunch upmarket and as a result the dishes were more style over substance. It's a shame because the venue is lovely and the staff were very nice too.

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AD
Kent
124 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Another very pleasant meal before Henry V

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JD
1 review
Dined on 2 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tea at the Swan was a lovely experience. The staff were very helpful and attentive and helped to make my friends birthday extra special. Lovely food and wonderful views from the restaurant. Good value for money too.Thank you.

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FL
London
5 reviews
Dined on 30 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing view, great food. Perfect place to take visitors of London.

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KB
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on 29 April 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We loved our afternoon tea! It was pretty loud there though. We had trouble talking normally because we couldn’t hear eachother. It wasn’t their fAult, just other guests being loud. Also they forgot our drinks but that’s a minor thing. GreAt experience overall. GreAt food. Thank you

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W
London
10 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a very enjoyable meal in a comfortable restaurant with superb views over the Thanmes. The food was very tasty but the main courses could have been a little hotter. Our waiter was friendly and efficient. we will certainly go back!

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AB
Berkshire
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic trip for my mum’s birthday treat. We had afternoon tea and it was beyond our wildest expectations. Delicious food, including a gluten free version for one party member, and impeccable service. Will definitely be recommending this to everyone!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, delicious food served in a very classy way. Staff was amazing.

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LW
Tampa
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In booking our Globe tour, we saw the Midsummer Nights Dream Afternoon tea option and thought what a wonderful way to conclude my weeklong 60th birthday stay in London, as my daughter works for a Shakespeare company in Boston. It was beyond our expectations! A beautifully set table with themed china and enchanting "love potion" drinks to accompany our tea and three-tiered tray of finger sandwiches, powdered sugar dusted scones and decadent desserts. View was spectacular and so was the staff, and my sincere thanks again for the chocolate inscripted Happy Birthday plate that was a parting surprise! To quote Shakespeare, "with mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come ..." Was so enjoyable!

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful dining room and the location to the Globe is the primary reason for selecting my reservation at the Swan. My family was attending the play at 7:30 PM so being close to the site was important. I received a phone call to confirm my booking and was asked if there were any food allergies, which I appreciated. We received a 'theater' menu and it was very limited- I understand the need to provide a meal in time for the play, but the choices for entrees were not great. My husband and I chose the pork belly and it was very dry and tough. One of my daughters had the vegetarian option- the celeriac; it was so tough and chewy, she only managed a few bites. The other daughter had the fish- hake, and she enjoyed it. Dessert was good and the wine selection was nice. Our server was helpful with the allergy questions and he was very pleasant.

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DF
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe is easily the most elegant dining experience I've ever experienced. We booked dinner our first night in London because it was close to the theatre, for which we had tickets. We booked it again at the end our vacation because we enjoyed it so much. The atmosphere is elegant, quiet, and sophisticated (with a lovely view of the Thames), the food carefully prepared and delicious without being fussy, the service polished, professional, and warm. The dishes were simple yet beautifully prepared and the various courses offered all complemented one another perfectly. And some of the best cocktails I've ever tasted!

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s
Frankfurt Area
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It’s a very nice place, the view is remarkable, the service is wonderful, some of the food was outstanding, some was okay, some was average !
The value was okay, but a little less than I expected

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s
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visiting my daughter in London

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E
London
7 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Table was set thoughtfully with a view of the river. Great wine and food.

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