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21 New Globe Walk
020 7928 9444
This all-day British restaurant and bar seems to hold all the trump cards since its 2017 refurbishment, with an enviable Thames-side location, views of St Paul’s, guaranteed buzz from the neighbouring Globe and now, a star chef in Allan Pickett. Best known for his short-lived 2015 restaurant Piquet, Fitzrovia’s loss has been Swan’s gain because Pickett’s beautifully presented, best-of-British cooking feels right at home here. Sitting above a more casual bar and diner, the second-floor restaurant has been smartened up, with a few flashes of peacock-blue and plenty of bare wood, leaving the wall of windows to do the talking. The menus run the gamut from bacon brioche buns at breakfast to roast UK cuts on Sundays, with lunch and dinner offering the same array of classic British standards, all supported by a well-organised lineup of global wines. A disarmingly pretty dish of marinated scallops arrives dotted with jet-black squid ink mayonnaise, bursting with Granny Smith juice, while a potentially stodgy combination of faggot and venison haunch in gravy buzzes with the tang of pickled red cabbage and damson preserve. Of course, the seasonal menu changes often but Pickett’s delicate knack for maximising flavours should elevate Swan’s kitchen all year round. On the downside, vegetarians have little choice, while pricier, heartier mains are unfathomably served without adequate trimmings. These points aside, the Swan’s second act deserves to break a leg.
Best Riverside Restaurants in London
Best for weekend brunch
Pre and post-theatre dining
Best in London Bridge
21 New Globe Walk
020 7928 9444
Mansion House Tube Station 369m
Cannon Street Tube Station 467m
Southwark Bridge 184m
Millennium Bridge 248m
Located in the main restaurant, the Bull Room offers guests a buzzing atmosphere and the privacy of the elegant screens that separate the space. Overlooking the river and the Globe Theatre, it’s suited to groups looking to host a private meal with a view. Larger parties can dine from the group menu, while parties of up to 12 guests can dine à la carte.
With its large double-aspect windows, the River Room is a great place to take in the historic Thames and buildings. The area is separated from the restaurant by stylish glass and copper screens and can seat up to 40 guests for a working lunch or party.
Tucked away in the corner of the bar is the Snug. Kitted out with sofas and armchairs, and sheltered away from the main hustle and bustle of the bar by sliding screens, it’s available for groups of up to 30 guests standing or a meal for 24.
Looking out onto St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Thames and the Globe Theatre, the top floor Balcony Room features a private balcony offering your guests an exclusive space from which to take in London. This beautiful space seats up to 70 guests for meetings and dinners, and 120 guests for standing receptions. The space is also fully licensed for weddings.
Situated directly beneath the Globe Theatre, Underglobe is one of London’s best kept secrets. In daylight hours it houses Globe’s Shakespeare exhibition, but at night it’s available for Gala dinners, awards ceremonies and wedding parties. With a sweeping staircase, private mezzanine and secret river-side entrance, Underglobe can accommodate up to 350 seated guests. The space also comes complete with a full-sized model oak tree and full sound, lighting and projection systems.
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Food + drink: 4
We are very impressed by the Swan! We had a very happy drinks party for family and friends in a separate area at one end of the bar. The event organiser was totally helpful and the principal waitress on the day was commended by guests. We felt very welcome. The backdrop of St Pauls was dramatic. A variety of interesting food, including canapés and sharing platters, and drinks was pre-ordered, with extra drinks from the bar available on the day. The cost was good value as no charge was made for the space, which benefitted from the general atmosphere in the bar, although there was a room behind a glass door for smaller groups. Two people in wheelchairs were accommodated without fuss (disabled parking nearby). A memorably happy event enabled by the professionalism of the Swan, for which many thanks.
Food + drink: 5
This restaurant is superb. The food is always spot on, the staff couldn't be nicer and that view is breathtaking. I have eaten here with friends and family many times and held many events here and Lucy and her team look after us every time. An absolute must go to that I think gets over looked, how it is not in the Square Meal top 100 in London - I do not know!
On finding out the The Swan did afternoon teas, I was thrilled to find they could accommodate my party of 10 on the day itself. The booking was attentively handled, including some to-ing and fro-ing about numbers and diets. I was even more delighted to find we'd been put in the Bullroom (private space at the end of the main restaurant). The food and service were both excellent - dietary idiosyncrasies carefully accommodated - and the sweet & savoury balance of the menu was spot on. (The bite-sized quiche and the mulberry jam were particularly tasty.) The "gentlemen" tried to finish their gentleman's teas - all but the rugby-player-in-training were defeated by the size of the plate, but all pronounced it excellent too. Doggy-bags (cake boxes) are available and were put to use on departure ... A fantastic view as always, a delightful venue which pleased all the guests, and a wonderful afternoon for all.
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