A Popular Chelsea LGBT pub has been forced to close

Regulars at a popular Chelsea pub which has been forced to close due to high rent increases have applied to give the venue protected status.

The Queen’s Head, on Tryon Street just off the King’s Road, has been a home for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community for over 60 years.

The pub has counted much-loved national treasures like Stephen Fry as regulars.

The council in the borough, Kensington and Chelsea, will now consider an application for it to be made into an “asset of community value”.

“Its closure has been absolutely devastating for the community. We have seen this already in the two weeks it has been closed,” Dorinda Montgomery, who is assisting in running the campaign to save the venue, told the Standard.

And the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust said on Twitter: “Queen’s Head in Chelsea being cleared out having closed after 176 years. Another ordinary back street gets blander.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for the freeholder said: “Unfortunately the temporary closure of the Queen’s Head is a result of the pub under-performing financially for a number of years and the leaseholder being unable to meet its financial obligations… the owner of the freehold is fully committed to retaining a public house on the site.

“The freeholder is committed to working closely with residents, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and other interested parties in order to create an enhanced offer which will appeal to all sections of the community.”

(Pic: Twitter user royalfineart)

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