The Marquis

The Marquis (established 1638), in Covent Garden is ideally situated within a few minutes’ walk of some of London’s greatest landmarks, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Soho to name just a few. The charismatic Manager, Tommy has made The Marquis a record lover’s hot spot. With his vast collection of vinyl's, regular live music, promotions and events The Marquis is a must visit for anyone in the area looking for a fun bar with a great atmosphere. Recent cameo film appearances in ‘Mary Poppins The Return’ and ‘Last Christmas’, The Marquis has seen its fair share of stars. If you’re hungry, the upstairs bar and dining area is a hidden gem for a spot of home cooked food.

The History: The Marquis’ history is as colourful as the people who once drank there. The name ‘The Marquis’ is rooted in the legacy of General John Manners, a highly decorated military officer. Manners cared for the welfare of his men and upon their retirement he provided funds for many to establish taverns, which they subsequently named after him.  The building dates back to Charles II’s reign (1661-1685) and was originally run by a mistress of the Duke of Buckingham. ‘The Hole in the Wall’ as it was known them, was notorious for its criminal regulars, including the romantic highwayman Claude Duval, who was captured here whilst propping up the end of the bar! More than a century later, the pub became the haunt of Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

The Marquis continues this cultural tradition, attracting artists from the neighbourhood theatres, civic workers, and those exploring the hub and delights of Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. In the Winter , cosy up next to the 17ty Century fire, and in the summer enjoy a bevy in the outside area, the smallest street in London, and rumoured to be J.K Rowling’s inspiration for ‘Diagon Alley’ featured in the Harry Potter series.

Now, in the 21st century, the Marquis is a family owned pub. The pub is a Grade II listed building with timber front to the ground floor, bar windows and panelled and glazed doors with pilasters now a permanent feature.

Something to celebrate? The Marquis is available for hire for private groups of up to 50. Whether, you’re planning an event, or looking for an excuse to socialise, reserve a space at The Marquis and delight in the charming, authentic atmosphere. The fantastic upstairs bar is available for exclusive hires, lunches and dinners, or formal meetings. They have hosted everything from Opera Press Nights, Leaving Dos and Birthday Parties, Book Clubs and Annual Meetings. Choose from a selection of appetizing buffet treats, or pre-order your favourite round, The Marquis is happy to tailor for your night.

The food policy is quite simple. Freshly prepared, homemade and cooked to order. Not fast food, but good food as fast as they can. The Marquis have used the same suppliers for many years and so their quality is consistently good, and served with a smile. There is something for everyone, with a varied menu offering a selection of burgers, to pasta, curry or bangers and mash! The menu also caters to vegetarians, vegans and has gluten free options, along with a separate kids menu.

Passionate about keeping the spirit of London pubs alive, The Marquis believe in great beer, great service and good honest food. Revel in the atmosphere and who knows, maybe a bit of the legacy will rub off on you.