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Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

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4458 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation

Bar

Mon - Wed: 8:00 - 23:30 pm
Thurs: 8:00 - 00.30

Fri: 8:00 - 00:30

Sat: 10:00- 00:30

Sun: 10:00- 23:00

Bank Holiday: 10:00 - 23:30

Restaurant
Monday - Saturday

Lunch: 12:00 - 15:00

Theatre Menu: 17:00 - 18:00

A La Carte: 18:30 - 22:15

Afternoon Tea: 12:00 - 15:00

Sunday
Lunch/Dinner : Sunday set menu 11.30am - 22.15

Afternoon Tea: 12:00 - 15:00
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Phone number
020 7928 9444
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Payment Options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Alan Pickett
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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'.
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Public Transit
London Bridge Station, Blackfriars Station & Bankside Pier
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Entertainment
Private tours of Shakespeare's Globe can be arranged for private parties.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Love the Swan because of its proximity to the Globe and view of the river. Sunday lunch on this occasion, starters (goat's cheese etc.) disappointing, but mains (roast beef, fish) and desert excellent. Service slightly bizarre, waiter appeared to be half asleep and asked us to order desert before we had been served main course!
An overall very enjoyable lunch.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went for tea on Father’s Day and was lovely. As Americans we wanted the proper high tea experience and this Exceeded our expectations. Cannot beat the venue on the Thames river.

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We were very disappointed with the main course which was not seasoned at all and was therefore bland. For the price paid, we would not recommend this at all.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The person in charge of our table (Luka) gave great recommendations and did not talk down to a bunch of 21 year olds despite us not being dressed for the occasion.

10/10 experience- definitely worth coming but not a place for your everyday dinner unless you have $$ to spend

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

Good food. Set us up for play wonderfully Service good and prompt

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5.0Dined on 13 June 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable lunch. Good service.... good food. Will revisit.

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3.0Dined on 10 June 2018

The room was loud and crowded, service fair, food good.

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Great food & service with amazing views overlooking the Thames and London skyline!

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Fantastic meal, great cocktails and atmosphere. Will definitely be back again.

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5.0Dined on 9 June 2018

A lovely lunch before our play and such smooth unhurried service

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

A delightful setting, greeted by the Shakespeare sassy hostess, cared for attentively by the gentle wait staff, more than satisfied with the wine and starter and meal—positively delicious!

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Had a wonderful lunchtime pre-theatre meal. Wonderful service. We hope to visit again.

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4.0Dined on 7 June 2018

Service pretty slow - always had to ask for assistance

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

This was a post-theatre meal and was most enjoyable. Food was delicious and service impeccable. Lovely view of St Paul's from our table by the window.

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5.0Dined on 7 June 2018

We ate at the Swan before seeing As You Like It at the Globe. We were seated promptly, our food was served quickly and was delicious, and we ordered intermission drinks ahead of time. All in all, it was a great lead-in experience to a play at the Globe, and we recommend it highly. The theater menu is a good value.

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

What a lovely prelude to a play. Two Noble Kinsmen was the play and three of the same were very happy with the fine food and smiling service served up at The Swan.

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4.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Compared with previous theatre menu at the Sawn the choices were a little disappointing. Duck was over cooked and the waiter was not familiar with the details of the menu. However this will not deter us from coming back

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5.0Dined on 6 June 2018

Great place. Delicate environment and welcoming vibes. Good healthy food and nice service. Never disappointed.

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4.0Dined on 4 June 2018

Felt a touch pricey for lunch but a great room, lovely ambience, good service and very decent food. The kids meal was outstanding, it should be said - best I have ever seen for my 9 year old and great value for a tenner; 3 courses, freshly cooked, proper ingredients, healthy and appetising.

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5.0Dined on 3 June 2018

The staff is friendly and accommodating. Luca (sp) our server was very sweet. The view was delightful and the food magnificent. Would recommend this establishment to everyone!

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4.0Dined on 3 June 2018

Relaxed atmosphere, lovely for a get together with friends.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

We were vacationing in London from USA and were very pleased with dinner and the view and service at the Swan. Loved everything about it!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Wonderful everything! Service, food, view and ambience were perfect!

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Fantastic service - we felt very at home, just the perfect pitch of being looked after, whilst being given our privacy. Wonderful food, location, setting.

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4.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Another very pleasant pre-theatre lunch. Very good quality and value for central London

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2.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Really disappointing for the amount of money. Nearly £30 for 1 afternoon tea consisting of a ham finger sandwich, a mini egg mayo brioche roll, a bite size quiche, a 10 pence piece sized rye with a bit of salmon on, two scones with jam & cream & not much more than 4 mouthfuls of dessert.
Put onto a tiny table for two with barely enough room for the plate stand to fit on, with barely walking squeezing distance between us & the next table. Their wine stand was actually put on the other side of OUR table due to the lack of space.
Our waiter was fantastic however.
Saw the gentleman’s afternoon tea, which is £10 more than the traditional one & felt cheated. Huge amounts of food for their money. Wished we’d gone for that instead.
Left feeling hungry, disappointed & ripped off, quite frankly. With a 12.5% service charged added on to boot!
I’ve sampled many themed afternoon teas in London, which have been far, far superior - offering extra sandwiches, or at a more reasonable cost. This was supposedly A Midsummer Night’s Dream themed but, apart from the crockery, there was no story behind the food. If there was, we weren’t told.
Sadly, after having been wanting to visit The Swan for the past few years, it wasn’t worth the wait & I wouldn’t recommend the traditional afternoon tea. The Gentleman’s afternoon tea (served on another table) did look fantastic though, and the standard food also looked very good.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

Absolutely loved this place - I took my boyfriend here for a surprise birthday brunch. I had the option between here and Duck & Waffle as I booked quite last minute, and am so glad I chose The Swan.

My eggs benedict was superb, and my partner’s full English was also lovely and all the ingredients were of a fantastic quality - his bacon was something out of this world.

Highly recommend, especially if it’s for a special occasion as the views and atmosphere and unbeatable, and the servers are so warm and welcoming.

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5.0Dined on 2 June 2018

I just love this place❤️ It is ideally situated at Bankside, has friendly staff and great food.

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

My favorite restaurant in London! First experience was a few years ago with two friends, when on a cold March Friday night we came upon The Swan, which was very crowded, but we found seating in the warm bar lounge where we settled into velvet chairs and ordered the most wonderful old-fashioneds and crispy fish and chips. Since then, any time I'm in London I make a point to come back for the same (surely six or seven times by now). Friday was the first time we (my adult daughter and I) were seated in the restaurant upstairs and it was lovely. The server was wonderful, personable and efficient. "Luvio" is on the check, might that be his name? The occasion was dinner before a play at the National Theatre, but we weren't very hungry. I ordered the celery soup because it was the lightest item on the menu, inexplicably forgetting that I hate celery. My daughter ordered a light vegetarian entree, and we shared a side dish of potatoes. She ordered a Negroni (and later a glass of red wine) and I ordered the Hendricks cucumber gin and tonic, but I wondered if mine would be too sweet because of the additional watermelon infusion described on the menu. The server kindly stood by when I tasted it, offering to replace it with something else if I found it sweet. It was a lovely refreshing non-sweet drink! At the end of the meal, noticing my half-eaten soup, he also offered to bring me something else. I didn't need another item, but I appreciated his thoughtfulness. The dining room was light and airy and perfect, with wonderful views across and around the Thames. I'm looking forward to my next visit to London!

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5.0Dined on 1 June 2018

Great food, excellent service. Paired wines with each course great for a special pre-theatre dinner

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4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

The food here is very good. The first waiter we had was miserable and glared at me when I asked for a clean tea cup. The one I had had lip stick marks on it and was dirty inside. Things looked up when he was replaced. Our second waiter could do not do enough and was polite, happy and arranging a celebration for my mum’s birthday. It’s pot luck here. If it get the good staff, you’re on to a winner. However, most of the staff we saw looked miserable and unhappy in their work. This is a shame as the food and ambience of this venue are very good.

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4.0Dined on 1 June 2018

We enjoyed a delicious lunch. The menu was imaginative and the food attractively presentedon the plate.
Our waiters were friendly and efficient.

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4.0Dined on 30 May 2018

The setting and decor of this restaurant are lovely. The bar downstairs feels bustley and fun, whilst the restaurant upstairs is all about relaxed elegance. The service was excellent - attentive but not obtrusive. The menu is really well balanced - we were genuinely spoilt for choice. Same thing with the wine list - a really good choice at a range of prices. We visited on a lovely summer evening, when the restaurant felt airy and bright, but I can imagine it would be very cosy for a winter visit too. Altogether very enjoyable.

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Great views, excellent service

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5.0Dined on 28 May 2018

Delicious food, wonderful location and excellent service.

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4.0Dined on 28 May 2018

My friend and I had a Midsummer Afternoon Tea. The surroundings were delightful and the food tasty. The only quibble is that we were having it at lunchtime and would have preferred a better balance of sweet and savoury food - more of the latter and less of the former.

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4.0Dined on 27 May 2018

The restaurant and the food was very nice. Ambiance lovely. I have asked for a nice table with view and I got a perfect table. I am very happy with they way they accommodate us.

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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

Saw a 1 pm show and was able to have a full Sunday roast before. The service was excellent and prompt. Thanks for a lovely meal and getting us to the show on time!

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

We had a delicious, light meal, without having to worry about being finished by the start of the play.

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4.0Dined on 26 May 2018

Good food, beautiful setting and wonderful service. We were pre-theatre and didn't realize we weren't supposed to choose from the a la carte menu, but they accommodated us and still made the timing perfect. Bread and drinks were lovely, bream was very good, although the veg with it was not terribly interesting or tasty. Chicken was great, and I'm told, although I don't eat it, that the lamb was outstanding. Overall, a wonderful pre-theatre experience.

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