The Punch Bowl, Mayfair

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

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]


  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. 
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  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