About The Swan at The Globe
Located moments from London Bridge and the City of London, next to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the South Bank, Swan bar and restaurant has stunning views of the River Thames and St. Paul's Cathedral.
Swan's menu reflects a modern British style, with locally sourced seasonal produce, with a la carte menus and pre theatre dining available through the week.
Swan also serves a popular afternoon tea daily between 2.30-4pm, with a delicious selection of home made sandwiches and freshly bakes cakes and scones.
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.
Hours of Operation:
Mon - Fri: 8:00am - 11:30am
Mon - Fri: 12pm - 2:15pm
Sat: 12am - 3.15pm
Sun: 12am - 6pm
Mon - Sat: 5pm - 11pm
Sun: 6pm - 9pm
£26 to £40
020 7928 9444
Private tours of Shakespeare's Globe can be arranged for private parties.
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'.
London Bridge Station, Blackfriars Station & Bankside Pier
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Private Room, Smoking Area, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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.
The Swan at The Globe Ratings and Reviews
For me, afternoon tea is a combination of the food and the service. Here the lack of service let down fabulous food and a great location. We were told that we had our table for 2 hours, but it took 30 minutes just to be served a pot of tea. There was no organisation, with tables who were seated after us being served first. When the waiter eventually brought our food, it looked and tasted amazing. However, there was no explanation of what the cakes were. There was also a lack of cutlery for the posset and for the cream and jam. Once our food was delivered, we didn't see a waiter again until we asked for our bill. There was no check back and no offer of hot water for the tea. We were disappointed with the service, but agreed the food was fabulous!
I ate here as a solo diner, and was taken care of very well. The food was lovely, and the restaurant handled my food allergy without problems.
Not as good as I had hoped
I booked this restaurant for an evening Sunday meal, and the reason for choosing this particular restaurant was due to the tasty sounding vegetarian option - Roast Lincolnshire squash, wild mushrooms, shallots, buckwheat, shaved Doddington. However, upon arrival, the option available was completely different than advertised on their website. The only option I had was a beetroot and goats cheese dish. I asked the waitress what it was served with, and was informed it came with accompanying vegetables. However, on being presented with my meal, I actually had a tiny portion of beetroot, goats cheese and spinach with 2 very small parsnips. Whilst it was tasty, there were no accompanying vegetables, and despite also having (a very small) dessert of apple pie, I left the restaurant still feeling hungry. In comparison, my husband ordered a roast dinner, and found the portion size to be huge. The chef therefore really needs to look at the sizes of the portions he is serving. I also ordered a vodka and diet coke, and was instead given a gin and tonic! We ordered a bottle of still water for the table, and was given sparkling water. It therefore seemed that at this restaurant, you were given whatever they chose, not what you want.
Frosty service right from the start. Came in via the bar and told the girl at reception I had a reservation for the restaurant. She looked at me snootily and said, 'we have a reservation system at our restaurant'. I assumed since she was foreign that she may not have understood me so I said clearly, 'yes I have a reservation' again she gave me attitude and in a frosty tone asked for my name. We were shown up to the restaurant by a girl who again gave no smiles or welcome. The waiter was offhand and inattentive the whole meal. We both had salmon to start followed by pheasant. Both were a total let down and we barely ate them. The salmon was some horrid concoction of molded salmon with rock hard, cold creamy sauce. The pheasant was tough, dry and unappetising. Came here as was seeing a play in the Globe after. Luckily the play was wonderful or this sub par restaurant might have ruined our whole evening. Avoid.
Pre Pericles Performance
We booked in advance and our table was ready to the minute. Staff were friendly, helped take a group photo and the food was lovely. No complaints. Would book again, and again enjoy the restaurant upstairs. Great views over the city etc. Have been on previous occasions and the downstairs area was equally good, if a bit busier.
my only complaint was that my server wen...
my only complaint was that my server went on break- I had to wait to check out. I was on a rather tight schedule. I perhaps should have been told she would not be available and who to ask for assistance.
A poor experience
Food is definitely poor.: I had sea scallops that had no flavor and an embarrassing thin, low quality steak. I prefer the ambience of the bar on the ground floor, packed with people rather than the sad restaurant lounge. Short and poor wine list.
Post theatre meal
We booked The Swan for a post theatre meal in November. Given that it is the only decent restaurant in the area for a meal after performances at the Globe or the Sam Wannamaker theatres it was remarkably badly set up for this purpose. The restaurant is in a lovely position with stunning views over the city of London at night but post theatre, even though the staff must have known the time the performance was going to finish, the atmosphere was frosty and it was made abundantly clear that the staff were anxious to be finished and going home. This was disappointing. The menu had 3 choices for each course. I had a passable smoked salmon mousse that was chilly - presumably because it was straight from the fridge. For a main course the breast of pheasant was on the dry side, partially salvaged by the gravy and the accompanying chestnuts and vegetables. We skipped dessert so as not to detain the staff any longer than necessary! The restaurant has great potential and if it truely wants to cater for theatre goers I would suggest it looks at it's post theatre offering.
A Great Place pre-Theatre
Lovely, relaxed atmosphere. Polite, discrete and attentive staff. They enquired about whether I was attending a performance and tailored the service to fit that schedule
Lunch at the Swan
We four friends met for lunch every 3 months or so. The Swan provided us with a perfectly relaxed meal and we were able to stay on for early afternoon tea! We sat by the window which has a lovely view overlooking the Thames with St Paul's in the back ground. Thoroughly recommended.
good roast dinner
Sunday roast dinner was good and portions were very generous though some gravy with the lamb would have been a very addition.
Pre Theatre Supper
We had a pre theatre supper at 5pm on Sunday the 8th of November 2015. Only the lunch menu was available which was very limited. We were a party of four and were also celebrating a birthday. I had terrine for my starter which was very plain and the water cress dressing had not been washed properly as I crunched my way through grit! I mentioned it to the waitress who did not seem particularly concerned. The roast lamb main course was very mediocre and unmemorable. It had a very tired feel to it. We had a bottle of wine plus two additional glasses of wine and the bill ( together with a pre added 12.5% service charge ) came to £ 158. We all felt that this high cost did not justify the poor quality of the food. On the plus side the service was reasonable and we did have a view across the river. However, all in all and although we have eaten there before, I cannot see us coming again unless there is a considerable improvement in the food quality especially if you are to continue charging these sort of prices.
We booked The Swan as a pre threater experience well in advance. We put a special note on the booking stating one vegetarian which was important to our experience and a total disappointment. Our greeter glanced at a screen and I sincerely doubt he actually saw our reservation definitely not our special note of one vegetarian. The swan ask me to reconfirm the day before which I did but they did not act like they were expecting us on arrival . Our server was given no information by the greeter. The server expressed no knowledge of special vegetarian request noted. He said they had a special set menu on Sunday's with no vegetarian menu. It unsettled our party and ruined the experience. When you make a reservation with a special vegetarian note then are treated like you happened in off the street and can not have the vegetarian request honored it is offensive. By the end of our explaining we had a vegetarian request on this existing reservation and the non accommodating attitude of the server not one of the three of us wanted to stay but it was a pre threater experience for the Sam Wanamaker threater and we did not have a time option to leave. My husband ended up ordering easily as there was a nice beef option. I was pretty much locked into just having a bowl of vegetarian autumn squash soup and my sister made the same option as she was so distressed over my non accommodation specially noted on the reservation. The server was inattentive likely because of the situation where he was unaware of our reservation with special vegetarian note request. We were wasting our breath and time explaining . It was quickly exparsperating my husband and my sister for my vegetarian need. Hating to have my special need upset the table I did not produce the printed reservation with special note as I wanted to quail the poor treatment and upset. The conversation was unprofessional and no accommodation was going to be honored. So. It was a waste of pre planning , time and money.
Superb seat in London
Arrived early which did not cause a problem. Soon shown to what must be the best veiw in London a night time city scape over the Thames to St Pauls. Wow. The food brilliantly described in the menu did not live up to expectations. My wife had the soup of the day and bread, I had chicken terrine. These were both good but no great skill in either not much to go wrong. The main course my wife had the beetroot and goats cheese tart and I had the pheasant breast. The pheasant was really good with a nice amount of meat juices and green veg. However the beetroot tart was not so nice with huge lumps of beetroot rather than something that looked good on the plate it looked awful and was rather unprofessional. The taste was ok but could have been so much nicer with care. The deserts is where it all went down hill badly. My wife had the chocolate mousse. A mousse should be light and airy this I'm afraid was so cold seemed straight out of the fridge it was solid so not really a mouse at all. I had the apple tart which had been burnt and was not easy to eat as you required a knife to cut the pastry. I don't mind food caramelised but this was just plain over cooked. With wine and service charge just shy of £100 for two so I would have expected a more professional finish. Enjoyed the wine the veiw and the service which wa excellent. Just needed more care in the kitchen.
MY DUGHTER AND FRIEND, OVER FROM IBIZA FOR THE TRADE TRAVEL FAIR, EXPRESSED A WICH TO SEE THE GLOBE THEATRE. IT WAS DOWN TO ME TO CHOOSE A RESTAURANT FOR LUNCH. LAST YEAR WE DID" THE IVY", THE YEAR BEFORE "TUSSONS" IN COVENT GARDEN, BOTH VERY GOOD BUT THIS YEAR WAS THE BEST. IT WAS A RIANY DAY BUT IT DIDN'T SPOIL THE VIEW, WE HAD A TABLE BY THE WINDOW AS REQUESTED. THE ATMOSPHERE WAS RESTFUL, WE COULD HAVE STAYED THERE ALL AFTERNOON, BUT THE SHOPS WERE CALLING. DECOR ,STAFF, FOOD, PORTIONS, PRICE ALL PERFECT. 10/10.
Great evening with tasty food
The restaurant gave us a table by the window (we asked for it when booking) which was great - the view of the river and the St Paul's is fantastic! The food was sophisticated and very tasty, and the menu choice is decent. Would certainly recommend.
Almost, but not quite
Had tickets for the 7:30 performance next door, arrived at 6:15, but only managed to get two courses of the 3-course fixed price 'Theatre' menu delivered and eaten before we left as the dessert would have to have been bolted down in under 10". Technically it would have been possible which is why I suppose they had no hesitation in charging us for all three courses, but it left me with a bad taste in my mouth (apologies) and I wouldn't go there again for a pre-theatre meal. Shame, as the food was good.
Excellent views and good English fare
Few restaurants boast the kind of panorama that most tables at The Swan afford. Gazing out from a meal means looking across the Millennium Bridge towards St Paul's and the bright lights of the The City. Location aside, the restaurant itself has much to recommend it. It's decorated in a pleasantly, upscale interpretation of shabby chic meets Tudor-bethan, which, though slightly odd sounding, is entirely appropriate when one considers this is the restaurant of Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. The menu too seems to play homage to Shakespeare's status as England's national poet: there is much here that could be described as 'traditional cookery', or at the very least a modern interpretation thereof. Starters of pressed salt beef were firm, robust and healthily sized, but had a flavour and complexion that was rather too reminiscent of 'posh corned beef' to make them truly special. The soup though - one of many dishes to feature squash on this eve of Halloween - was absolutely delicious. Yielding and well cooked belly pork was a much more than competent interpretation of what has become a staple, whilst cod on a fricassee of white beans and sweetcorn was balanced, interesting and nicely seasoned. An entire absence of vegetable matter from our mains left them looking a little pale and bereft and us wondering why we hadn't been prompted to order sides: indicative perhaps of staff who were charming and enthusiastic but not entirely on top of their game. A double chocolate dessert delighted the person ordering but divided the table, whilst the cheeseboard won general acclaim not only for the well kept dairy specimens but also the generosity of the chutney and accompanying crackers (the paucity of which at so many establishments is a constant bugbear). Overall a rather lovely evening with some perfectly good food in a great location. The offer menu was excellent value... I might have baulked at paying the quite steep full pricesfor similar cuisine and service.
Warmly welcomed by very friendly and professional staff. Good selection of food for all courses and all dishes were perfectly presented and excellent. Partridge splendidly succulent. Good selection of wines. After the meal we were helpfully shown around the venue including function rooms. Will return as soon as possible!
Its a place for special occasions
The staff were friendly, helpful, the atmosphere was nice and cozy given the the change in weather. My friends and I went for Afternoon tea on a Wednesday - booked on a Monday so a last minute booking was a great success. The place is great for special treats/ romantic surprises even for a last minute treat. The food was lovely quality, the view's of the river priceless- a great day, worth a few more visits.
How a restaurant should be.
Service was excellent, food served at the appropriate moments. Good portion sizes and excellent quality. Will definitely return.
Magical Luncheon at The Swan Restaurant
We had such a lovely luncheon experience at the Swan Restaurant before our matinee performance of Nell Gwynn at The Globe in October. I was in London for a week of theatre and museums coming over from Boston and met up with two friends for lunch, one from Singapore and one from Somerset...so we had a wonderful reunion. All the service people were wonderful, the view was wonderful, and the food was delicious. Everyone was happy with everything. They got us out in plenty of time for the theatre (I had already spent an hour in the gift shop!) Really, I love love love Shakespeare's Globe and this meal just confirmed my belief that everything there is very special indeed.
Pre theatre dinner
We had dinner here before a performance at the Globe . The service was excellent while not rushed we were finished week before the start of the show. The view over the Thames was wonderful and added to the night. Highly recommend and would come again.
6 of us dined at The Swan for lunch. We were running 15 minutes or so late for our table reservation and the venue was very accommodating when we called in advance to advise them of our delay. We all had a very nice lunch with good food and a very good service. Thank you.
Excellent Sunday Roast and wonderful table
Extended family visit with 2 small children. Food both adults and children meals were excellent. Lovely round table with excellent views. Only one slight issue. Our reservation was at 12.15pm and we were advised of a 2 hour turnaround. We opted for mains and dessert, and unfortunately the mains were not served until after 1 pm. We managed to get through the rest of the meal and the children were keen to leave anyway but for other diners they may feel a little rushed if there was any delays with their meals arriving. However, I would always recommend the Globe and look forward to my next meal there.
Reunion Dinner for 8
Everything was handled perfectly, good communications beforehand, lovely setting, table on time - excellent food and service, a very memorable evening!
Excellent pre-theatre meal
The food was excellent and we were served very swiftly, without feeling rushed.
over rated and they charged extra for the tea
Our experience for afternoon tea was a bit of a let down. The view is beautiful but only one of us could enjoy it since the other was seated with their back to the river. We ordered the afternoon tea which was fine but really dessert heavy (and super sweet) we could have used more sandwiches since we didn't even received what was stated on the menu. Our server didn't come by once after he delivered our order and they even charged extra for the tea! All in all the food was fine but I wouldn't go back.
We booked a table for seven. Super servi...
We booked a table for seven. Super service and reasonably priced. And of course a table overlooking the river is a sure-fire winner
Having enjoyed a mid week afternoon tea at The Swan previously, I decided to treat my sister for her birthday. We booked for tea on a Sunday afternoon, and that was a mistake. The restaurant was filled with the smells of roast and mint sauce and sounds of very noisy revellers. It took 20 minutes before a waiter came to our table to take our tea orders. At £76.50 for 2 people to have afternoon tea and a glass of bubbly each, I would have preferred a more relaxed atmosphere. So would I chance afternoon tea again, probably not. Would I come again for a meal, probably.
Great Food but Poor Service
We went to this restaurant for a nice Sunday Lunch with an old friend. Our friend was 5 mins late but I reported that we were here. The staff asked us to wait in the bar andd refused to store my suitcase until we went upstairs for dinner (no reason). My friend had barely walked through the door before we were being rushed upstairs by a very rude woman who didn't wait for us and who's only remark was "you know you've only got the table for 2 hours" (which I had been told repeatedly in the booking process). With this in mind we assumed the service would be very quick but we had to wait 10 mins before we even saw a menu. The food was an excellent standard with very tasty roast beef. Unfortunately the portions of meat and potatoes were very stingy.
Delicious food in gorgeous dining room with a view
Really delicious food and beautiful dining room with a superb view across the Thames to St. Pauls.
Swan at the Globe
Great food in a great location - with stunning views. Very convenient for the Globe!
My best dining experience of this year...
A captivating view from the windows framing St Pauls in all it's majesty and a dark river flooding the foreshores under the influence of the unseen new moon - nearer to us than for 30 years. The food and service were just as magnificent. A really pleasure to dine where it's clearly a pleasure to be served. The salt beef and pickles were rich and fulsome fare and the main course of pork rib and pearl barley was surprisingly filling. Morena served us diligently and with such charm to compliment a must-return experience.
nice but expensive
we had the pre-theatre menu which was limited but nicely cooked, the Cod was very impressive as were the soup and salt beef with pickle starter. The portions are not for the hungry and i dont like this increasing trend and frankly rip off of paying for your vegetables on top. We paid about £50 pounds a head including the cheapest red and second cheapest white wine, and it was good but very expensive. The restaurant is very well located for visiting the Theatre but would I pay to go here at these prices is doubtful. The service was good and the location and ambience the best part. The sweets were very dissapointing and very small. It was a good evening but not a great one
Pay for the location
Pleasant enough food but I'd say overpriced. Beautiful dining room with great view across the river. Despite being relatively quiet however, the service was a bit inattentive.
Dinner for 2 Saturday 26th
Great view of the river. Friendly staff. The mains varied in size a little, one was obviously smaller.
We ate upstairs so it may be different d...
We ate upstairs so it may be different downstairs.We thought the menu was limited and definitely overpriced. Service was fine and the views are great.Don't think we will hurry back though.
afternoon tea at the swan
We had a lovely time at the afternoon tea, food was lovely. Staff were pleasant enough. However, when we asked to take stuff away it was shoved into a box so the food was ruined when we got home which was disappointing after spending so much.
A wonderful evening for a pre theatre meal and luckily only had to move next door to The Globe for the play. The set menu is great value for money, tasty and hearty food and a good wine menu. A lovely building and a beautiful view of St Paul's and the river. Very friendly service.