Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

4.4
4808 reviews
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£26 to £40
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British
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  • Scenic View
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Waterfront
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 (Afternoon Tea is not served in December)

Sunday
Lunch/Dinner : Sunday set menu 11.30am - 5.30pm

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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1 review
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

The Swan is very expensiveand they don't know how to cook PORK. The service is terrible and the manager is rude. I ordered the prok and it came without any crackling. The flat was flabby and basically prok was dry. I didn't complain but when thewaiter asked what my meal was like I explained that I was not happy the fct that they didn't ensure that the fat was was rendered properly and had crackling. The waiter offered me a free glass of wine or desert. chose a large glass of wine. I received a small one which took ages to deliver. Then finally after I had paid the bill Ileft the restaurant and as I was walking to London Brridge I checked the bill and saw that they had charged for a LARGE glass of wine. I went back to the restaurant end spoke to the manager he was very rude. Didn'ttake my word but went upstairs to check and then came back down with £6 cash for the wine. The meal for x2 was very expensive at £73 for x2. The manager didn't even apologise and he didn'tunderstand that pork should be cooked proprely so it has crackling not flabby fat. He just didn't get it so I wont be going back. The best thing about the restuarant is the view

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CF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would definitely come back - only slight glitch was the 'Eggs Royale' was listed on the
'specials' given to us and upon paying the bill it was revealed that it was an error as it was not
a 'special'. However, the waitress acknowledged it was my son's birthday, without any of us telling her, and brought out a lovely 'Happy birthday' beautifully written in white chocolate and a couple of truffles with a candle which was so thoughtful, thanks very much.

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Raleigh
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was great! Would definitely recommend

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

Great place to meet friends and family with good food and drink.

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KJ
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful evening at the Swan. Wonderful views and service was amazing.

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TL
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a pre theater meal. Very good service. Even checked our coats from the table.

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

Just the two of us- we had a great lunch. The staff were friendly and attentive and the food of a high quality- all with a fab view over to St. Paul’s and the city. I have a disability- the building is accessible and staff were aware and supportive.

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IM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a magnificent and historical setting, offering views across the Thames to St Paul’s, one would expect sky-high prices, poor service and questionable quality. Far from it, this is no tourist trap but quite simply a top quality restaurant which those in the know would do well to keep to themselves. From the warm welcome to friendly but efficient staff to a meal of real quality at a bargain price, this is where I would eat Sunday lunch every week if I didn’t live 450 miles away.

This was a real high point of our trip to London, very highly recommended.

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E
London
1 review
Dined on 2 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and wonderful staff. It gets a little noisy but normal for a Sunday afternoon.

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MD
Dorset
3 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 2

I found the front of house team to be somewhat stuck up and not accommodating. Even though there were people sat in the restaurant, we were not allowed to sit there before 5pm, even though I explained I am pregnant and there was no where to sit in the bar. The food was ok, nothing special. I had the beef dish, it needed mustard or horseradish or something sharp to cut through the rich flavours. Overall, I don’t think I would return.

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OT
Munich
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Es war toll und wir haben es sehr genossen; tolles Ambiente und eine hervorragende Aussicht auf St. Paul’s und den Finanz-Distrikt.

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MP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Having eaten at the Swan before we were expecting the meal to be v good. But, while starters were acceptable, our mains disappointed. The halibut in particular was overcooked and very dry, the vegetarian option seemed to be mainly potato. They kindly didn’t charge for the halibut (thank you), but we may wait a while before trying them again, I’m afraid, in spite of the very pleasant service.

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PT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good, the price reasonable, and the staff were excellent - attentive and friendly.

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TC
East Sussex
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

As we were visiting the Globe Theatre we thought it wise to book a table at The Swan for lunch. A good move as it was quite busy and vibrant, nevertheless we were given a lot of attention on arrival and were show to a table overlooking the Thames as I had requested. The food was excellent and my wife's gluten free diet did not present any problem at all. Good choice of wine and a fabulous location in this part of London. My only, minor, gripe was that our wine was placed out of reach from our table and we had occasionally to wait before our glasses to be refilled. A very minor issue and overall we had a superb lunch.

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AK
London
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was really good, although the choice I thought was quite limited.

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PS
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really delicious Sunday lunch - one of the best I’ve had in a restaurant

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AN
London
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I really like the Swan at the Globe and have eaten Sunday lunch there several times. The food is generous and delicious and the ambience combines cosy and lively very well. The view of the river is just great.

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EA
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We meet friends here periodically, always excellent food and service. Thank you.

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AD
Kent
111 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent Sunday lunch after the “Heaven to Hell” tour which was also excellent!

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HM
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely love this restaurant - I live in north Norfolk and don't go to London all that often, but this is my restaurant of choice. Dinner last weekend was totally delicious, the service was superb (seriously, superb) and the atmosphere great. The 2 friends I took had never been before and also loved it (I got a gold star!)

Even better, prices are undoubtedly value for money.

All our plates were close to licked clean before leaving the table.

And that's before I get on to the view, across the Thames to St Pauls. What's not to love?

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SS
London
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our family lunch very much with the good food, lovely staff and nice atmosphere. We went there before a globe theater guided tour, which was good as well.

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AW
London
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impeccable service, rib of beef melts in your mouth heavenly. Great preshow dinner.

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T
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It was all fantastic! The only downside was a large party in the room we were in made it quite noisy and we had to raise our voices at our table. But otherwise I’d totally recommend it.

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CG
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place for a celebration or a special treat.

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J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely afternoon spent having a nice Afternoon Tea with fantastic views across the Thames. Did not feel rushed and the staff although very attentive did not keep bothering us. Had the sandwiches replenished, which was a nice treat. Nice tasty tea and plenty of it. Would be looking to visit again in the summer months.

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BB
London
7 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a "must do" when we visit London because the food and wine are very good, the service is first rate, and the view across the Thames to St. Paul's Cathedral couldn't be better. It is also conveniently located near the Globe Theater and the Tate Modern gallery.

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KL
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly staff. We had a lovely afternoon tea. Was bought out a candle on a birthday plate for husband which was nice!

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MC
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Accommodating when ordering for fussy eaters.
Also were happy for 5 of us to have 4 afternoon teas.

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KH
London
12 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Repeat visit for a family birthday. Great Sunday roast option but pricing means its for special occasions.
Spectacular views and friendly service

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DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed an amazing Sunday roast - great value for money, with amazing views.

Staff were exceptional and very accommodating as we had a pram with us and a newborn baby.

Overall, this is a great pub that serves amazing food.

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EW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We booked the table as a treat for my husband's birthday as he had heard about the gentleman's afternoon tea. It did not disappoint. Our party had both the gentleman's afternoon tea and the midsummer night's dream afternoon tea. The food was excellent and beautifully presented. The restaurant was busy and quite loud, and it was 10 minutes before our order was taken. However, the views of London and the experience was excellent.

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CO
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

My daughter and I enjoyed a wonderful afternoon tea yesterday. The service and staff were fantastic and the food even better, a real treat overlooking the Thames with lovely views. I have already recommended the Swan to my in-laws.

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SD
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my friend Charlène had a lovely time and enjoyed every aspect of our afternoon tea! The location and view on the Thames is perfect, the service outstanding, the food excellent, .. Thanks for everything - this was the nicest way to finish up our weekend together!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 18 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had a red letter day voucher so menu was limited but still a good selection, service was abit slow, we came in same time as another family who ended up with their food before we even ordered (had taken order for drinks) wanted another drink but couldn’t get any staffs attentions, ended up going to find someone to ask for the bill, but great value food for what we paid though

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TE
London
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As a Globe Patron I use this restaurant regularly and it never disappoints. Whether you are going for the pre-theatre set menu or a la carte (NB after 18.30), the food and the service are of a high standard. I have used the Bull private dining room for business lunches, and the restaurant for family get-togethers and meals with friends. In an area of London where there are now lots of eating choices, it more than holds its place.

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GA
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent ! Beautiful Location and Food. Great Service and friendly staff.

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JH
London
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fourth time of visiting. Never disappointed. Like being wrapped in a lovely blanket. Book a table with a river view for the best backdrop in London.

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TJ
London
96 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Solid British food with a great view made cosier with the grey mist enveloping the skyscrapers. St Paul's is always beautiful. Particularly enjoyed the main course of cod.

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OT
London
8 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been the Swan several times and have never been disappointed. Food and service are always excellent and there are the added benefits of the views of the Thames and the City, and its proximity to The Globe and the Tate Modern. It’s easily walkable from Blackfriars and Waterloo.

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KS
London
1 review
Dined on 14 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful, cosy restaurant in a lovely setting, looking over the St Paul skyline. Food was delicious as was the cocktails! Great service too - definately worth going to!

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