Last year The Cross Keys pub in Chelsea was shut due to money problems and swiftly taken over by squatters. Now those squatters are out and the pub has a new owner, an owner that luckily wants to keep the pub as a pub.
The Cross Keys pub has a lot of history which is why the area was so saddened to hear of it’s impending sale.
Found between King’s Road and Cheyne Walk, the Cross Keys opened in 1708 and served pints right through to 2012. Those that used to drink at the pub include Agatha Christie, Dylan Thomas, Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones.
The pub was sold for £3.9 million to Parsons Green Land who have released plans to “refurbish and reinstate” the pub and turn the upper floors into accommodation.
Tom Ainsleigh Jones, director of Parsons Green Land, said: “It will 100 per cent reopen as a pub, we’re keen to return it to the community. We have a number of respected local pub owners who we want to take over the ground and lower floors.”