Swan At the Globe

Restaurants, British South Bank
  • 4 out of 5 stars
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Attached to the Globe theatre and overlooking the Thames from the second floor, the Swan is guaranteed a substantially tourist clientele. The first floor bar is a casual stop for bar snacks and booze, while the second floor restaurant is an elegant space for breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Afternoon tea is served 2.30-5pm Mondays to Saturdays, and features, unusually, a 'Gentleman's High Tea.


Venue name: Swan At the Globe
Address: 21 New Globe Walk
Opening hours: noon-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm Mon-Fri; 10am-3.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm Sat; 10am-6.30pm Sun. Pre-theatre menu 5-7.30pm on show days. Afternoon tea 2.30-4pm Mon-Sat.
Transport: Tube: Mansion House or London Bridge tube
Price: Afternoon tea £24.50 per head.
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It would be worth booking into the Swan for the setting alone - summer evening (very tasty) cocktails over looking the Thames are truly hard to beat. However, the Swan is more than just a pretty face, the food is - particularly for a pre-theatre menu - really very good.  It's slightly on the pricey side - but what can you expect with the setting and its pairing to the globe. Earn off your meal with standing cheap seats - and you've nearly got a not-too-expensive dinner + theatre night out!


A great bar with stunning riverside views, but can get busy during performances at the Globe. They also run the small cafe in the Globe foyer which sells one of the best brownies I've ever tasted (top tip).

Daniel L

This is one of the best theatre restaurants in London. They do private events as well, which I had the pleasure of attending. The setting is really great and you do feel like you are drinking on a historic site hundreds of years ago. The venue is comfortable and well lit and the crowd that this place attracts is intellectual and outgoing. I will definitely be back, especially pre or post theatre!


I like this pub, it has good views of the river and is good for a pre/post theater meal if you are going to be the globe. Food has always been pleasant each time I have gone. 

Inessa K

Best place to go after the show, before the show or during the interval, or while seating in the groundling queue, or just for a loud drink...

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After sitting down for our 1.30pm booking at 2pm I was apprehensive. The guy next to me ordered a glass of wine three time in fifteen minutes but was repetitively being asked if he would like coffee. But the menu looked good so we ordered. During the wait we had two wines delivered to which my wife asked the waiter for tap water, as he walked away hurriedly we muttered that we need to ask 'our' waiter. Rude. The meals were bunch, and it was obvious that they cook in batches, not fresh for each order. The toast, black pudding, the muffins (under the eggs Benedict), rosti were rock hard. They were probably good a few days ago, but time had hardened them to inedible. The restaurant was chaotic, loud, and infuriating. How they proport to feed you in time for a show at the amazing Globe- I have no idea. Never again.

Special Offers

River View Menu: 3 courses £24.50

From a set menu. Not available on bank holidays, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers, not available on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays.

Offer valid until May 31 2017