Squatters at one of Gordon Ramsay’s London restaurants say they are staying

The York & Albany on April 15, 2024, and Gordon Ramsay.
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  • Squatters occupying a pub in Gordon Ramsay have said they have struck a deal to stay.
  • “We have made a deal. With the owner, and not with Ramsay,” they told The Telegraph.
  • The pub is for sale for £13 million, which works out to around $16 million.

A group of squatters who took over a Gordon Ramsay pub in London’s affluent Regent’s Park district have said they are staying put, The Telegraph reported.

The squatters occupied the gastro pub in York & Albany last week, saying they wanted to create a “communal space” with the building.

“It seems only fitting that £13 million properties that most locals would never have the opportunity to visit should be opened up to everyone,” the group said.

Lawyers for Gordon Ramsay Holdings International Limited (GRHI) obtained a court order for possession of the property earlier this week.

But a number of orders, which were taped to the pub’s door, were removed on Saturday, with one of the squatters claiming they had “made a deal” with the owner.

“We have made a deal. With the owner, not Ramsay. We are still here and we will stay here. We will be security for him,” they told The Telegraph.

The Grade II listed building was part of a legal battle between Ramsay and film director Gary Love, who acquired the property in 2007.

Ramsay, a celebrity chef, restaurateur and television presenter, had rented the pub from Love under a 25-year agreement.

However, attempts to terminate the lease in 2015 were unsuccessful.

The building is now for sale for £13 million, or about $16 million.

London’s Metropolitan Police Department told Business Insider when the squatters moved in that they were “aware” of the situation and would “take action if necessary.”

Business Insider has contacted Gordon Ramsay’s team for comment.

It is not the first time that squatters have made headlines this year.

In New York City, a couple could not move into the $2 million home they bought it in Queens after a squatter refused to vacate the property.

The couple sued the squatter in an attempt to evict him, but he countersued for harassment.