Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

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4959 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: 8 January 2019

Ends: 30 March 2019

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

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EJ
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

We had dinner at 7:15 pm on 20th of April. The hosted was rude.

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DF
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location with wonderful views across the Thames and of the City.

Tables well spaced out.

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S
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very enjoyable evening. Managed to get a table by the window was a bonus.

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S
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

Food wasn't great. Vegetarian option was not a healthy balanced meal, very stodgy and unbalanced (all carbs). Service was slow. Nice view.

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Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Sunday roast and it was spectacular! We will be back!

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m
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Although there were a few hiccups on our order. Our son's order was incorrect and he didn't eat with us. It was remedied by the fact that they did a Happy Birthday for my eldest. Also the staff were very apologetic and we were looked after. The table was great with fantastic evening views. A good night overall.

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KC
Oxford
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Choose this is a lunch venue due to having a 2pm booking at the theatre. Beautiful views with great natural light. Food is quite average, and not great value. Staff tried pretty hard to persuade me to order adult main courses for children. “It’s really quite small.”

On this occasion the 11 and 12 year old boys had more than enough food with the three course children’s menu option. The adult portions were much the same size, and triple the price.

Waiting staff seemed quite stressed, and service was somewhat slow. Maybe a better place to go just for afternoon tea, or a drink at the bar? Would not return. Far better places in London. In my opinion this is for the tourist market.

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T
London
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I invited friends for a farewell dinner before they move to Holland in April. I wanted somewhere that would be memorable and could not be done anywhere else but in London. The Swan fits the bill perfectly, from the amazing views to the modern British menu based on traditional dishes. An excellent evening!

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D
London
6 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

It is a convenient location, nice restaurant with a good view and polite service. Food very variable.

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MH
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing restaurant and the food is wonderful.

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c
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice place
The tea time was perfect, its gentleman version is amazing
The restaurant manager is very professional

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent menu, attentive service

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EL
London
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent service, food would definitely go back and recommend, the only thing they did forget to offer mint sauce with the lamb which would have gone down a treat which I saw with other customers.

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Kent
119 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Another very pleasant lunch prior to a performance of Edward II. Just a comment about menus - because we were attending the play we were given the short pre-theatre set menu even though we arrived 2 hours before the performance. There is no need to limit people to this if they arrive early. The a la carte menu is significantly better and we ordered from this after asking to see it. Please offer all options to people when they sit down - you will make more money that way!

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M
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Service a little disappointing. We weren’t ready to order on first approach and then we had to chase to get service.
Booked the table in advance but didn’t get window table despite one bring available.
Food was lovely but not exceptional and expensive.
Nice but not overwhelming

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

眺めも良く、料理も美味しかったが、出てくるまでに時間を要したのが残念。ただ、また行きたいです。

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JL
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Was there with 2other friends and completely loved it. Very friendly staffs and food was great.

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KV
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

With an enviable location next to The Shakespeare Globe Theatre and overlooking the River Thames, Swan has quite a few things going for it including a beautiful interior. Booking is easy and seating swift, with waiting staff taking your coat. Tables have adequate spacing so there’s no concern about overhearing.
Table dressing is unremarkable but tasteful and simple. Seating is comfortable. Drinks menu features gin selection but, strangely, none from the local City Distillery in Bridewell. Dishes are modern British cuisine with an excellent vegetarian main course. Starter terrine was unremarkable and dessert steamed sponge pudding had croquant interior with little taste. Outside was properly soft with good consistency and tasty accompanying custard. Service was friendly and attentive and pricing fair. We didn’t feel pressured despite a busy Friday evening. All in all, would happily go back with guests.

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JG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 1

Food very good. Service brisk. Wine overpriced. Noise level uncomfortably loud - almost impossible for the two of us to converse. Wouldn’t book there again.

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GB
London
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing location and views. Staff very attentive. Food was lovely, a bit pricey but you pay for location. Will definitely revisit.

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h
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Met with old friends and because we were catching up we were slow to choose from the menu. The Irish waitress was excellent, informative, attentive but not too attentive, didn't rush us whilst we had pre-lunch drinks. Great table overlooking the river. The place has various zones with some glass divisions so if you get a party in every one can enjoy themselves without being drowned out. Starter of ducks egg was slightly strange in that it was a bit like a cooked breakfast, but to be fair we probably chose it without too much thought. Beetroot starters were liked a lot. Fish mains were excellent - not overcooked although the accompanying croutons were rather greasy. Decent portions. Food and wine not overly expensive and sufficient variety and costs to suit most people, would give the food 4 out of 5 and everything else 5 out of 5. Will definitely go again.

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MD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Pleasant atmosphere. Very tasty food but rather small portions. Waiter offered a side dishes but failed to explain why they may be necessary to order, which would of been helpful.
Service was good; polite but without going an extra mile.
I appreciate my coat being brought to me when i was ready to retrieve it from cloak room.
I would recommend this restaurant to a friend (just not all of them) rather specific individuals who may appreciate the type of food being served here.

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CB
London
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took an important client here for a meeting and requested a river view to impress! The restaurant were extremely accommodating and allocated us the perfect table. The staff were very attentive and helpful and gave the impression of an upmarket restaurant, but friendly, not pretentious! The food was delicious and perfect for a business dinner.

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best breakfast on the Southbank! Lovely food and enormous glass of pink grapefruit juice.

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C
London
22 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great location for lunch, especially if like us you are going to the theatre. The food is always good and the service impeccable.

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CW
London
3 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

A lovely atmosphere in the bar and restaurant. Great food. The staff were very friendly and helpful but they were short staffed which meant the service was poor, our glasses were not topped up, we never got a drinks order...

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Meeting up with an old friend visiting UK and her teenage daughter. Special place to meet for their first night in London. Wonderful view and superb balmy spring evening to admire the sights of the river.

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SK
Cologne Area
1 review
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect view! Wonderful food for a fair price considering the quality and location. Lovely staff as well.

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J
London
4 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Very limited selection of Sunday Roasts - only beef and pork belly - No chicken on the menu!
Food was nice enough, but not anything special, which it feels like should be for the price.
Lovely venue, but probably not worth the money

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MS
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience for afternoon tea with my friends. The staff were polite and attentive, the service was quick and the atmosphere was very relaxed, yet lively in a room overlooking the Thames. The food was good quality for the price we paid and I would rate this as one of the more affordable afternoon tea options. All in all, a delightful afternoon tea experience which I would recommend!

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CD
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely food, service was just right, views across the river were great. Love potion cocktail is superb - gin and prosecco based drink, beautiful! Made extra special for my daughter's 21st when staff brought out a Happy birthday plate with chocolate. Thank you so much.

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AM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the gentlemans afternoon tea, it was well prepared, nicely served and very tasty

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KG
London
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Perfect ending to a Shakespeare's Globe Theatre Tour.

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RH
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner for my wife’s birthday. Unfortunately we were seated a long way from the views over the river. The service was great and the staff were very helpful and friendly. Most of the food was fantastic, however my wife felt that the vegetarian option wasn’t as good as the rest of the meal, but still food. Overall a really nice dinner.

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SO
London
24 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-Theatre supper - very decent food and good selection of accompanying wines (by the glass, reasonably priced and good alignment - an excellent option for two diners with different choices of menu - this must be the way forward surely!)

Service started out as exemplary, but service changed midway, and the second shift was less attentive - fair enough though, it had got a lot busier!
No complaints - just a slightly diminished experience as the meal went on
We really like the 'new room' and the views are excellent of course

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DB
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic! Afternoon tea is a fabulous experience and would recommend to anyone! Great value for money, food was very tasty and the staff are very friendly. Will definitely be back :)

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MF
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Staff lovely and had a table with great views over the Thames, possibly because I asked beforehand of this might be possible. Food lovely. Got a combination of the normal and the gentleman's, which added variety and mite savoury options. Definitely would like to return. We were upstairs which seemed much quieter than downstairs.

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MA
London
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a fabulous afternoon tea at the Swan! Fantastic service, great view and ambiance. Scones were especially delicious!!!

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely restaurant and lovely food. Great service. Only downside was I booked in advance, asked for one of the afternoon teas to be egg, nut and dairy free and it was poor. Not much choice, first it came with no meat as they presumed vegan although I explained was allergy. They then changed some sandwiches but was quite bland and poor. They knew well in advance and could have made this a bit better apart from that was lovely place and lovely staff.

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SW
London
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had wonderful table for lunch by the window upstairs overlooking The Thames and St Paul’s. Great location for the Globe and Tate Modern. Service was very friendly and faultless. Food was very well presented and delicious. Would recommend and would book again

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