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.View Private Dining Details
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.
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.
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.
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
Good food. Set us up for play wonderfully Service good and prompt
Thoroughly enjoyable lunch. Good service.... good food. Will revisit.
The room was loud and crowded, service fair, food good.
Great food & service with amazing views overlooking the Thames and London skyline!
Fantastic meal, great cocktails and atmosphere. Will definitely be back again.
A lovely lunch before our play and such smooth unhurried service
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!
Had a wonderful lunchtime pre-theatre meal. Wonderful service. We hope to visit again.
Service pretty slow - always had to ask for assistance
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.
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.
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.
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
Great place. Delicate environment and welcoming vibes. Good healthy food and nice service. Never disappointed.
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.
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!
Relaxed atmosphere, lovely for a get together with friends.
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!
Wonderful everything! Service, food, view and ambience were perfect!
Fantastic service - we felt very at home, just the perfect pitch of being looked after, whilst being given our privacy. Wonderful food, location, setting.
Another very pleasant pre-theatre lunch. Very good quality and value for central London
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.
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.
I just love this place❤️ It is ideally situated at Bankside, has friendly staff and great food.
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!
Great food, excellent service. Paired wines with each course great for a special pre-theatre dinner
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.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch. The menu was imaginative and the food attractively presentedon the plate.
Our waiters were friendly and efficient.
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.
Great views, excellent service
Delicious food, wonderful location and excellent service.
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.
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.
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!
We had a delicious, light meal, without having to worry about being finished by the start of the play.
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.