The Punch Bowl

Bar / Pub / Restaurant
The Punch Bowl Set deep within Mayfair, a neighborhood best known for its plethora of private banks, The Punch Bowl is an unassuming bar that happens to be owned by the less-unassuming film director Guy Ritchie. London England 51.508927 -0.149401
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The Punch Bowl - Bar | Pub | Restaurant in London.
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Party Earth Review Set deep within Mayfair, a neighborhood best known for its plethora of private banks, The Punch Bowl is an unassuming bar that happens to be owned by the less-unassuming film director Guy Ritchie. Movie buffs hoping to... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Piccadilly, Victoria, Jubilee Lines: Green Park

  • Phone:

    020 7493 6841

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–Sa noon–11pm, Su noon–5pm

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Punch Bowl Review

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Set deep within Mayfair, a neighborhood best known for its plethora of private banks, The Punch Bowl is an unassuming bar that happens to be owned by the less-unassuming film director Guy Ritchie.

Set deep within Mayfair, a neighborhood best known for its plethora of private banks, The Punch Bowl is an unassuming bar that happens to be owned by the less-unassuming film director Guy Ritchie.

Movie buffs hoping to find a joint styled after Ritchie’s signature fast-paced films, however, will be sorely disappointed – the cozy pub is far more reminiscent of a countryside tavern than a place for Brad Pitt to punch stuff.

Inside the white-washed building, which has housed a bar since the 1700s, photographs of the royal family, landscape paintings, and a large portrait of Winston Churchill take up much of the wall space, while vintage lanterns hang from the mustard yellow ceiling.

Hollywood friends of the owner are still known to drop in, but patrons dining at the heavy wooden tables are more likely to be local suits than celebrities, and while the energy can be lively, it’s rarely tabloid-worthy.

Despite the venue’s English inn ambiance, its wine list is dominated by French labels, and the wealthy bankers and upstart young professionals who fill the upper and lower dining rooms enjoy cross-cultural European fare like mint risotto and herb-crumbled lamb.

A throwback to the quaint country pubs of old, but with a high-end polish, The Punch Bowl continues to be a Mayfair institution, regardless of who owns it.

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Tip from Lucas:

Go here for a pint, not for celebrity-gawking. Sure, it’s owned by one of the most bad-ass directors in town, but star-studded sightings have dropped way off since Ritchie and Madonna split up.

  • Crowd

    Young professionals, local hedge fund managers, wealthy bankers, finance types, sophisticated ladies, die-hard movie fans, and some celebrities, mid-20s to 60s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Mellow ambient music. Occasional live bands.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    European dishes including seared tuna loin, battered haddock fillet, herb-crumbled lamb rump, and hanger steak.

  • Prices

    Bar snacks £2–£8, appetizers £7.50–£12, entrées £14.50–£36, desserts £6.50–£10. Beer £4+ wine £4.50–£8/glass or £14–£80/bottle, cocktails £5–£9.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Business casual: suits, collared shirts, cocktail dresses.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Saturdays and Sundays for upbeat conversation and a lively crowd.

  • Close By

    The Audley (41 Mount Street) is another upscale pub that serves a more familiar selection of typical pub grub.

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