Plated afternoon tea

Enjoy an enchanting traditional afternoon tea in London

Adding a theatrical twist to traditional afternoon tea in London, Swan’s Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea is inspired by the journeys of the play’s characters. We have the pea flower of Oberon’s love potion, the apricots Titania feeds to Bottom and, of course, mulberries from the lovers’ tree.

To enhance your experience, Swan at the Globe’s afternoon tea is served on exclusive crockery reflecting the themes of the play, designed by illustrator Annika Wester.

High tea in London with a view

Feast your eyes on St Paul’s Cathedral, humming Bankside, and the majestic River Thames as you enjoy your delicious finger sandwiches, warm scones, and elegant pastries and cakes. The glorious view from our dining room perfectly enhances the splendour of our Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea.

One of the finest gentleman’s afternoon teas in London

For those with a more savoury tooth, our Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea features beef sliders, Stilton scones, scotch eggs and other tempting treats – paired with a tankard of Curious IPA. Available for savoury-loving ladies too, of course.

Afternoon tea in central London for culture vultures and foodies

Are you looking for a contemporary afternoon tea near Tate Modern? Feeling hungry after a wander around Borough Market? Do you need to refuel after your tour of Shakespeare’s Globe? Book a table with us and combine your cultural and foodie expedition with the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe afternoon tea. Literally, the icing on the cake!

The inspiration behind our Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea

  • Oberon’s Contempt – dark chocolate sponge, Indian Chai infused mousse and golden honey dew inspired by the young Indian prince doted on by Titania, much to Oberon’s dismay.
  • Bottom’s Dream – caramelised honey cream tart, redcurrants and green chocolate moss reflecting the regal treatment Bottom receives from Titania and her entourage in Act IV.
  • Love-in-Idleness – white and purple marbled macarons, filled with blueberry and blackberry jam this is the white flower which, on being struck by Cupid’s arrow, turns purple and produces the magical love potion.
  • Bittersweet lips – cherry confit and pistachio cream filled choux pastry, with a layer of crumble inspired by Act III’s forest shenanigans and Helena’s cherry lips.
  • A Greek wedding – apricot compote and set yogurt cream this is a traditional Greek recipe, revisited and symbolises the wedding of Theseus and Hippolyta.

Opening Hours


Saturday 10:30-22:00
Sunday 10:30-22:00


Lunch: 12:00-15:00
Dinner: 17:30-21:00
Sunday 12:00-17:00

Afternoon Tea

Monday-Saturday 12:00-18:00
Sunday 12:00-17:00


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