Established in 2007.
The Marquis is a family-run pub known for being a local in the heart of the West End. Father and son team, John and Chris Scott are passionate about pubs. Everything from the ground up is about exuding this spirit from the original period architecture, to the contemporary, social atmosphere, down to the favourite classics on the menu, and unique drink selection. Designed by daughter/sister Sam Edwards, constructed by Mark, her husband and up kept by Chris taking care of all the dirty work, The Marquis truly is a second home for frequenting locals and curious sightseers.
The Marquis’ history is as colourful as the people who once drank 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 Years War, Manners cared for the welfare of his men upon their retirement by providing 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 then, was notorious for its criminal regulars, including the romantic highwayman Claude Duval, who was captured here whilst propping up the end of the bar!
January 17th, 1670, Duval was tried at the Old Bailey, and despite the protestations of his many female admirers, her was condemned to death and later hanged at Tyburn. He’s still hanging around the area today, his grave in the centre aisle of St. Pauls’ Church in Covent Garden. His epitaph inscribed on a stone famously reads:
Here lies Duval;
Reader, if male thou art
Look to thy purse
If female, to thy heart
More than a century later, the pub became the haunt of Charles Dickens (1812-1870), who had been set to work at the rat-infested Warrens Blaking factory, now Charing Cross Station. With his entire family imprisoned for bad debts, it was an experience that had great impact on him. Both David Copperfield and Great Expectations are based on this period of his life.
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 cozy up next to our 17th Century fire, and in the summer enjoy a bevy in our 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.
Revel in the atmosphere, and maybe it’ll inspire your own highway robberies or literary classic. Who knows, maybe a bit of the legacy will rub off on you.