The Punch Bowl, Mayfair

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The Punch Bowl, Mayfair
Private
Industry Public house
Founded c. 1750
Headquarters Mayfair, London, UK
Owner Alexander Langlands Pearse (Owner)
Website PunchBowlLondon.com

The Punch Bowl, at 41 Farm Street, Mayfair, is a London public house, dating from circa 1750. It is listed as Grade II by English Heritage.[1] It is a Georgian building and, although altered over the years, retains many period features including a dog-leg staircase, internal cornicing and dado panelling.[1]

The pub featured in the documentary film I'm Going to Tell You a Secret, which followed Madonna in 2004 and showed her and her husband Guy Ritchie on a night out at their "local".[2] In March 2008 the pub was bought for a reputed £2.5 million by Ritchie and Madonna, with the involvement of nightclub entrepreneurs Piers Adam, Nick House, Guy Pelly and Tarquin Gorst, from Greg Foreman, father of actor Gregory Foreman.[3][4][5][6] In Ritchie and Madonna's November 2008 divorce settlement, Ritchie gained ownership of Madonna's share of the pub.[7]

The pub has become renowned for the number of celebrities who visit it.[8] Complaints by local residents about noise and other disturbances led to a review of the pub's licence, with some restrictions imposed by Westminster City Council in December 2009.[9][10]

The winner of a 14 December 2009 eBay auction, organised by the Evening Standard newspaper for the charity Kids Company, paid £2,214.12 to 'Have a pint with Guy Ritchie at The Punch Bowl'.[11][12]

On 25 March 2013, the Evening Standard reported that Ritchie had sold the pub to Alexander Langlands Pearse's Cirrus Inns Company.[13]

The Punchbowl re-opened its doors 20 October 2014 after having a full refurbishment. The newly decorated pub is split over three levels: the pub area on the ground floor offering a country feel in the city, the dining room on the first level for a more city sophisticated dining experience and the Private dining room for exclusive bespoke lunch or dinners.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "THE PUNCH BOWL PUBLIC HOUSE, 41 FARM STREET WESTMINSTER, CITY OF WESTMINSTER, GREATER LONDON". Images of England. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  2. ^ Kathryn Flett (2005-12-04). "A box of Madges". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  3. ^ "Scottish & Newcastle Pub Enterprises says no truth in Madonna pub story". Caterer Search. 2008-03-06. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  4. ^ James Millbank (2008-03-02). "Like a Virgin and Tonic". The People. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  5. ^ "Madonna buys Mayfair pub". Caterer Search. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  6. ^ "Madonna's pub prices probed". The Sun. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  7. ^ Caroline Gammell and Anita Singh (2009-11-20). "Madonna and Guy Ritchie reach divorce settlement". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  8. ^ Nick Duerden (2009-08-06). "Everyone round to Guy Ritchie's place". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  9. ^ Richard Kay (2009-11-03). "Mayfair set calls time on Guy Ritchie's pub". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2009-12-17. 
  10. ^ Tom Peck (2009-12-18). "Neighbours fail to close Guy Ritchie's pub". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  11. ^ http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=320457739639&ssPageName=STRK:MESCX:IT
  12. ^ "Evening Standard Christmas Charity Auction". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2009-12-18. 
  13. ^ Hodgson, Nick (25 March 2013). "Mr". Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 

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Coordinates: 51°30′32″N 0°08′58″W / 51.5090°N 0.1494°W / 51.5090; -0.1494