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Our story

We opened our doors at the iconic Shakespeare’s Globe, on the banks of the Thames, in early 2007. Set over three vibrant floors, our British menus are inspired by the very best seasonal English produce. We are just a short stroll from Tate Modern and Borough Market, and our bar, restaurant and private dining rooms all have enviable views of the River Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral.

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Fish dish at Swan at Shakespeare's Globe

Situated at the theatre on London’s bustling Bankside, we serve morning coffees to evening cocktails. Our cooking is driven by produce, and we source seasonal ingredients from England’s best farmers, greengrocers, butchers and fishmongers to craft our bar and restaurant menus. Swan has elegant private dining rooms, where you can host immersive parties, lavish dinners and inspiring meetings.

What’s more, a contribution of your spend at Swan supports Shakespeare’s Globe – world renowned, performing arts venue, cultural attraction and education charity.

What is the history of the Globe Theatre?

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre as we know it today is in fact the third Globe theatre to have existed in London, with the first famously burning down in 1613 after an over-zealous special effect involving gunpowder went wrong and set the thatched roof alight, and the second, slightly less famously closed by the Puritans in 1642. Back in Shakespeare’s time, plays were performed by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, whose company included the bard himself.

On a visit to London, American actor and director Sam Wanamaker was astonished that the only thing commemorating Shakespeare’s work was a small plaque and, after a campaign that took half a century, Shakespeare’s Globe theatre as we know it today, opened in 1997, a stone’s throw away from the site of the original theatre on London’s Bankside.

Today, the Globe theatre is a landmark, and the centre of Southbank’s cultural hub that includes Borough Market and the Tate Modern art gallery. Plays are performed in the open air and come rain or shine the work of William Shakespeare lives on.

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Did you know?

  • The Globe Theatre is the only thatched building that has been built in London since the Great Fire of 1666.
  • The modern Globe Theatre was built using the same building materials and techniques that would have been around in Shakespeare’s time. One thousand English oak trees were carved using traditional methods to make the timber frame, and the walls are made of 36,000 handmade bricks, lime putty and cashmere goat’s hair.
  • Different coloured flags were used to signpost what kind of play was being performed. White flags were raised for comedy plays, black flags for tragedies and red flags signalled history plays.
  • Nobody was hurt when the original theatre burned down in 1613, but one man’s breeches caught fire and a quick-thinking bystander put out the flames with his beer!
  • Totus mundis agit histrionem was the motto of Shakespeare and his acting company. It literally means ‘the world is a playhouse’.
  • The first performance in the modern Globe Theatre was in German while the theatre was still being built.
  • In Shakespeare’s time, it would cost just one penny to stand and watch a play. Today ‘groundlings’ can enjoy performances for just £5.

Opening Hours


Monday to Wednesday 11.30am-11pm
Thursday to Friday 11.30am-midnight
Saturday 10am-midnight
Sunday 10am-9pm


Lunch (Mon-Sun): 12-2:30pm
Afternoon Tea (Mon-Sun): 12-5pm
Dinner (Mon-Sat): 5pm-9pm (Sunday last sitting 6pm)

Afternoon Tea

Monday to Sunday 12pm-5pm

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