Stay at Madonna & Guy Ritchie’s Former London Home (From When They Started Dating)
Though her pub-going “Madge” phase is long over, Madonna’s mark remains on the 2/2 South Kensington flat British filmmaker Guy Ritchie owned when the couple first started dating in the late ’90s—and now, as of this week, you can rent the London pad on HomeAway.
Unlike the gritty London of Ritchie’s cult-classic films like “Snatch” and “Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” his former place is a bright and minimal two-bed, two-bath apartment that’s decidedly posh and just steps from many of Britain’s famed national galleries and museums, including the Victoria and Albert. (The flat is actually known as the Prince Albert Kensington.)
Or, in the words of the just-posted HomeAway listing:
“It’s no surprise that anglophile Madge liked this two bedroom, two bathroom beauty, because the building’s environs ooze old English charm, from the cobbled streets and old carriage houses to the affluent world of South Kensington beyond. Fit for film both inside and out, this sprawling, secluded mews house is sure to tantalize and inspire. Apt surrounds, you might add, for its A-list ancestry.”
According to the current owner, the singer moved into this Georgian Mews duplex in the early aughts and the couple used it as their home base until they eventually bought a larger place together elsewhere in London (before divorcing in 2008). After finally calling a truce on their longtime and very public legal battles earlier this month, Madonna and Ritchie have recently been spotted out and about in London together with their kids—including 15-year-old son Rocco, who is currently attending an arts high school in North London.
But back in South Kensington, the loft-like interior of their former flat features lots of white couches and bedding, a large wooden farmhouse dining table, with brightly colored woven textiles and accents. There’s an entirely stainless-clad chef’s kitchen with eat-in breakfast bar, and a master suite with a Juliet balcony. Between the two bedrooms (the second featuring twin beds) and couches, the listing claims to sleep six—with rental rates starting at $972 per night.
While the tone and aesthetic of the flat leans more toward its roots as the tidy, upscale bachelor pad of a British gentleman than the glamorous former digs of rock royalty, there’s still a hint of Her Madgesty for your “Social Media Moment” (a la Stay Here): a grand piano once owned by Madonna remains, which you can pose with but playing is strictly verboten.
To rent the Prince Albert Kensington on your next trip across the pond, bookmark the HomeAway listing here.