The Cross Keys, Chelsea

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The Cross Keys, Chelsea
Cross Keys, Chelsea, SW3 (4196393145).jpg
The Cross Keys is located in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys is located in Greater London
The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys
General information
Address1 Lawrence Street, Chelsea
Town or cityLondon
Coordinates51°29′01″N 0°10′15″W / 51.483746°N 0.170951°W / 51.483746; -0.170951Coordinates: 51°29′01″N 0°10′15″W / 51.483746°N 0.170951°W / 51.483746; -0.170951
Construction started1708

The Cross Keys is a public house at 1 Lawrence Street, Chelsea, London SW3 5NB.

Built in 1708, it is the oldest pub in Chelsea. Regular visitors have included the artists Turner, Whistler and Sargent, writers Agatha Christie and Dylan Thomas, and musicians Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones.[1]

In 2012, the property developer Andrew Bourne, the owner of the Cross Keys, closed its doors and boarded up the windows, having claimed that the pub loses money, and applied for planning permission to turn it into a mansion with a swimming pool in the basement. If he had been successful, the property could have been worth more than £10 million.[1] In 2013, following a successful campaign by local people, it was sold on behalf of a private owner to Parsons Green Land for £3.9m,[2] and later reopened as a pub.


  1. ^ a b Telegraph: Can Bob Marley's local pub be saved? - Telegraph, accessdate: 05/09/2014
  2. ^ The Cross Keys Is To Reopen: The Chelsea Society | The Cross Keys Is To Reopen, accessdate: 05/09/2014