The Marquis’ history is as colourful as the people who drink here.
The name The Marquis is rooted in the legacy of General John Manners, the Marquess of Granby (1721-1770). A highly decorated military officer and hero of the Seven Year War. Manners cared for the welfare of his men upon their retirement, by providing funds for many to establish taverns. In which most subsequently named after him.
This 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 then, was notorious for its criminal regulars, including the highwayman Claude Duval, who was captured here whilst propping up the bar.
In the 19th century, legend has it that the pub became the haunt of Charles Dickens. Dickens spent much of his life in this area of London, in fact, he worked at a factory just across the road. He spent his remaining years working out of his Covent Garden residence. To honour one of our most famous regulars, you can now enjoy a drink in ‘Dicken’s Corner’.
Now, century’s later, The Marquis is a family owned free-house by The Morton Scott Pub Company. We took ownership of this beautiful and charming public house in 2007. It now forms our family of three pubs in the Covent Garden area. As a company, we are passionate about keeping the spirit of London pubs alive. We believe in great beer, great service and good honest food.
We hope you enjoy the vibrant atmosphere this historic pub has to offer.