Baked Lemon Thyme and Almond Sponges with Fresh Kentish Strawberries

These perfect little sponges are a great accompaniment to fresh Kentish Strawberries. The warm citrus notes from the thyme compliments the freshly cut strawberries. All the hard work is in making of the sponge mix and then they can be…


New flavours introduced to our Afternoon Tea Menu

Our A Midsummer Night’s Dream afternoon tea is inspired by the characters’ journeys in Shakespeare’s great romantic comedy. From the apricots that Titania feeds to Bottom and the mulberries on the lovers’ tree, to the ‘nodding violets’ that grow upon…


Allan’s Barbary Duck with Baby Turnips, Confit Potatoes and Black Cabbage

I find duck one of the harder poultry meats to get right when cooking, but don’t be put off by this, once you have mastered some the simple techniques used they will give you the wow factor when cooking for…


Allan’s Easter Chocolate Chip Shortbread Recipe

Easter is a fine time of the year to be baking with the children – especially when chocolate is involved. It’s normally the younger two of my children who want to join me in weighing out the ingredients and covering…


We Unveil Our New Spring Cocktail Menu

From a sparkling Strawfizzberry to our new Swanopolitan, fresh faces join old favourites on this season’s spring cocktail menu. Cosy up in our bustling bar for a pre-dinner aperitif or post-work wind down with one of the new concoctions from…


Breakfast means breakfast meetings: the most important deal of the day

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and that’s true in terms of business as well as your Bircher and brioche. Increasingly, morning meetings are becoming the favoured get-togethers of the perennially busy – and it’s…


Shakespeare in Love

The big day is fast approaching, and the annual race to find somewhere loved-up but safe from saccharine is on once more. Sitting by the river, next to The Globe (surely the capital’s most romantic theatre) and in eyeshot of…


Tickets now on sale for the 2018 Summer Season at Shakespeare’s Globe

Roll up, roll up. Tickets are on sale now for The Globe’s summer season, and there’s a veritable feast of theatre in store. The season is the first to be put together by new artistic director, Michelle Terry, and features…


Meet the mead maker: Tom Gosnell introduces us to a Shakespearean favourite that’s making a comeback

Christmas 2017, we’ve teamed up with Gosnells, London’s only modern day mead-makers to serve up a winter warmer with a difference. The team have set up shop on the terrace outside the restaurant and will be offering mulled mead, infused…


The best Christmas attractions by the river in London

Between the 17th and 19th centuries in London, wintertime funfairs, markets and parties were regularly held not only by the Thames, but on the river itself. This period was known as the Little Ice Age, when around Christmas time the…

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