Swan, Shakespeare’s Globe

4.4
4677 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

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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Special Offers

River View Menu: 2 courses £29/3 courses £32 & Love Potion cocktail

2 courses £29.00 & 3 courses £32.00 with Love Potion cocktail served on arrival.

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

Valid For: 1 - 8 people

Starts: 20 September 2018

Ends: 24 October 2018

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

What 4677 People Are Saying
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M
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely meal and the service was exceptional.

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

Great food, good service and amazing views over London - definitely one for special occasions !

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

The most tender pork chop I've ever eaten. Slow cooked for 5 hours. VERY tasty. The portion of mash could have been bigger so next time I will order a side of chips.

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JK
Bedfordshire
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I think the restaurant strives to provide an innovative and interesting menu. However the descriptions were a little bit lacking so my dishes did not work for me. For what it was, it was overpriced. I guess they can charge the amounts they do as they’re located in the Globe.

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l
London
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good atmosphere. When for Sunday lunch and the roast was really good and filling. Nice view if sat upstairs facing the river. Good for couples, friends, or families

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KM
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had a really wonderful meal here, the food and service were great and would definitely come here again. For the view, the venue and the general feel of the place it wasn't't as expensive as you would manage, definite value for money. What a beautiful place.

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MJ
London
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Thank you really enjoyed our meal and the experience.

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E
Oxford
53 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was well prepared, but it was unexpected that the a la carte menu was available only from 6:30 PM on. The pre-theatre menu was perfectly acceptable, but the portion of sea trout was quite small. Clearly the restaurant focused on the roast pork entree. The Swan is excellent from a meal before attending the Globe theatre, and we enjoyed it very much for that purpose.

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SC
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved our dinner here. The wine and dinner were delicious. The service was fantastic and the view at sunset is incredible. Highly recommend!

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GR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were there for the pre-theatre dinner. The service was excellent and appropriately paced. The food very good and the ambience was great. Loved the view across the Thames.

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M
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

We love The Swan but this time the pork was seriously under-cooked. We had asked for a window table when we reserved but were given one near the bar... yet the window tables remained free. Nowhere near as good as the other times we have been here.

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CJ
London
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

With an incredible location and outstanding food, The Swan stood out as the best restaurant I tried during my first trip to London. I would absolutely recommend splurging on the experience if you are attending The Globe Theater in the evening. Both the restaurant and the evening show made for a wonderful experience.

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A
London
6 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fantastic location & views; good, interesting food; excellent service (efficient & friendly).

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PE
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely evening with great food and the views of London are spectacularly.

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R
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed everything about the meal and the location was perfect for the Sam Wanamaker Theatre. The choices of courses was good and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

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VF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My SO and I did Afternoon Tea. My SO got the traditional with a pomegranate mojito and I got the Gentleman's Afternoon Tea with an alcoholic ginger beer. The staff was attentive and the ambiance was great and relaxed. Both of us were very satisfied with the meal and overall experience. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

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PK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Incredible second floor Thames River view centered on St Paul’s dome across the stream. Lovely airy atmosphere with attentive service and civilized quiet. Good food emphasizing English ingredients. 2 minutes’ walk to Globe and Wanamaker playhouses.

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OT
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We pre ordered drinks for the play and they were not delivered. Compete miscommunications between restaurant and Sam Wannamaker. Food was great!

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AK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Super convenient, great views and food was great. Thank you!

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LF
London
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food beautifully prepared. Friendly staff - all knowledgable about menu & wine

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C
Bedfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Came here as a birthday treat for afternoon tea, staff lovely and attentive, including the added extra touch of a happy birthday surprise which I wasn't expecting so thank you. Afternoon tea was lovely and also loved the love potion cocktail. Thank you.

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M
London
11 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Treated a 13 year old to afternoon tea here and she loved it! They treated her like an adult, and bought out a special plate with truffles for her birthday which she really liked.
Another table were having Roast dinner and I'm definitely coming back for that - it looked incredible!

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Restaurant overlooking the Thames, It has a scenic view perfect for a dinner date and for a man who want to impress his gf. You will find sophisticated food with an higher selection of wine.
It is not very cheap but the location and the possibility to enjoy the area make it worth a try.

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great pre-theatre lunch. Fabulous views, not bad value for money.

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FM
Montreal
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was memorable. Very good food, very nice place and service very kind, we will come back for sure!

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b
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

The food and service were good but it was the noisiest restaurant I have ever visited. We could not hold a normal conversation across the table. This ruined the occasion.

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CM
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

A disappointing menu, averagely cooked. Staff were charming and the views by the Thames was it's best feature.

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RP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent pre-theatre meal for my daughter's Birthday
Service was very good
It definitely had ambiance

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AS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place to stay
Good food
Great service
Amazing Thames view
Suggested

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SG
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

Out of the numerous options in London to have afternoon tea, as chose Swan due to its great reviews on Yelp. We’ve had many afternoon teas and unfortunately this was not the best. Most of the savory options were bland and unexciting. A couple of the desserts were not enjoyable. The dessert in the glass tubular dish was strange and not eaten after we tried it. Very disappointing. Our waiter was very odd. He kept forgetting things and then he was over attentive and very awkward. I wanted to tell him to relax and be himself. Much too formal. We feel we did not get what we paid for. We did enjoy the views and the ambiance. The scones were quite nice and we made the best of the experience, but would not choose to come back for tea, nor would we recommend it to anyone. Would possibly try dinner or lunch someday. But we live in the states.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

This is a convenient and pleasant restaurant to have lunch in before attending a performance at the Globe.

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VH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply excellent food, selection, service, available wines and price.

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K
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last orders are at 10.30 which is great if you have been at The Globe for a performance beforehand (which for Othello finished at 10.10).

The food was great and the service speedy and we thought it great value for money.

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E
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent! I was there with my family twice time in 1 week!

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Love this restaurant for pre theatre dining at the Globe. Food was good as always and the waiter was very understanding when we said that we may have to wait a bit to order because our daughter was running late as she was coming from work. This is a great place to eat for Sunday lunch as well. We will return.

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HJ
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Disappointing meal for a bucket-list occasion. Food was bland. A waste of £75, in my opinion. We wished we had supped on pasties instead.

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a
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I go to afternoon tea quite a bit at different places and I was really impressed with The Swan Restaurant at Shakespeare’s Globe. The food tasted wonderful and so did the tea. I ordered the afternoon tea with a cocktail and that was very nice too. The only things that bothered me were that the wait staff were not very warm – meaning that there was no smile. They were efficient and good, but I always feel like I’m an inconvenience when there is no warmth or smiles. I am a vegetarian and they catered well for that. My friend ate meat but did not want fish so they gave her an extra sandwich which they said we could share. Why not just give us both an extra sandwich instead of suggesting that we share it? The plates were cute and Shakespeare-themed. It was a very enjoyable afternoon!

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AA
London
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent attentive service, and very good food. Views and atmosphere first rate.

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D
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were warmly welcomed and enjoyed our meal - the food and the service were very good.

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A
London
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and wine with a lovely view across the river.
Service friendly, if a little rushed. In fairness though, we were dining pre-theatre so perhaps the waiting staff have that in mind, and better to be served very quickly than to be worried about missing the start of the play due to slow service!
Would definitely return.

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