Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Madonna - Barmaid?

Apparently Madonna has bought more London real estate. While Madonna's been busy putting the final touches to her new album Hard Candy, the queen of pop (no need for Aretha Franklin to get upset about that appellation) and her husband have just bought a traditional British pub in London for a reported £2.5 million. Yes, they bought a bar for $5 million. That's about the price of a townhouse on the Upper West Side or in Brooklyn. You know a place where people actually live.

It seems the pub is their local hunt. It's located just around the corner from the couple's West End home. "Madonna absolutely adores the pub," reveals a source. "They pop in regularly to get away from it all… Guy meets all his pals down there. They've been desperate to own this place for a long time and have been making offers on it for ages. Now it's finally happened."

The pub, which attracts celebrity customers ranging from Robert Deniro to EastEnders veteran Barbara Winsor (who also starred in a lot of Carry On films), is steeped in history. It's been around since the 1730s and once belonged to notorious London gangster Freddie Foreman (who was an enforcer for the Kray Twins). "She'll be the most glamorous landlady alive," added the source about the singer, who's known to be a fan of northern brew Timothy Taylor's Landlord bitter.

Can you just imagine Madge behind the bar pulling pints while Guy dishes up the Shepherd's Pie? No, neither can I but wouldn't it be hysterical? I wonder if she's going to sell that pricey Kaballah water at the bar. In England, they love to ask you if you want still or sparkling water. So maybe it'll be "still, sparkling or Kaballah?"

Will they have Purim parties at the pub? Celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah with a menorah and the Hanukkah bush in the corner? Will Madge's records be played exclusively on the jukebox? It boggles the mind. I have to hand it to her, Madonna is on the cutting edge. Most celebrities invest in restaurants, not her. She buys herself an authentic three hundred and seventy year old pub. I hope she's updated the bathrooms. I'm going to have to have my friend Chip or my Impossibly Handsome British friend go to Mayfair to have a pint.

And how cool that it's in Mayfair. Did you know there's a red light disctrict in a section of Mayfair where there are lot of prostitutes? I had no idea, if I remember correctly its in Shepherd's market. I took a walking tour of Mayfair once, and the tour guide pointed it out. How delicious, Madonna and a red light district all in one area!

Question of the day: Would you go to a pub just because Madonna owned it? Would you freak if you saw her standing behind the bar?

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