A walk around the Thames on a sunny afternoon can be a treat. The weather is so unpredictable that when you are blessed with a bit of sunshine and warmth, it can really lift your spirits and make you much more sociable. London Bridge is a meeting point for some of my friends and I, as it is central for us all to make our way home. It’s not a bad spot at all with its bars, pubs, market, places of interest and flow of interesting folk. Whilst I have never been to the Shakespeare’s Globe, I have always wandered about the idea of seeing a production outdoors, weather permitting. It must be quite the experience and yes, it is on my to-do list. For now, I was close enough having dinner at the Swan which is right next door.
The Swan is a bar on the ground floor and restaurant on the first floor. They do not jest when they say they have stunning views, they do, as if you get the right spot you can see all the nearby landmarks such as St Pauls, on the north side of the Thames.
Following a drink in nearby Borough Market, we visited for a meal as recommended by my dining partner. She had recently had a birthday dinner here and was well impressed. It was busy and although we did not have a reservation, we literally got the best table in the spot. For dinner it was going to be straight to the main course with me having salt marsh lamb rump, sea vegetables, Cornish potatoes and cockle butter. I also had a size of peas and enjoyed all elements of my food. The lamb in particular was very tender. Eleanor had 400g Galloway rib eye steak, watercress, pickles shallot salad with chops and bearnaise. The food is modern British with a flair for making the simple luxurious. Because of excellent quality of the food and its proximity to the Globe, the crowd are mature and discerning diners.
Swan restaurant is not a place for raucous and informal behaviour. It is much more subtle and formal than that. This is not a bad thing if you want the focus to be on enjoying the food as the lead player, which it deserves. The service also stands out too, with a nice pace in service. In terms of pricing, it is not cheap but at £28.50 for a steak, you work out if you feel this is expensive.
I see Swan restaurant as a romantic location to celebrate quality time with your loved one or good food for your theatre visit.
Swan Restaurant & Bar
21 New Globe Walk
T. 020 7928 9444