Celebrity-owned bars and pubs in London
What do you do if you’re a celebrity with money in the bank and a drive to pursue something different from your day job? If you’re based in New York, you might open a bar. Ralph Lauren’s The Polo Bar in Midtown; Amy Poehler’s Zula Wines & Spirits in Brooklyn; and Robert De Niro’s Locanda Verde in Tribeca are all examples of New York bars run by celebrities.
If you’re based in London, you're more likely to open a pub. Sir Ian McKellen was ahead of the trend, buying the lease for Limehouse pub The Grapes back in 2012. Idris Elba followed suit, opening his swanky cocktail bar The Parrot in late 2018.
2019 has seen a smattering of new celebrity-run pubs. While we can't promise you'll have your drink poured by a superstar, or even see them on your visit, here are the London pubs and bars owned by famous faces.