The Marlborough Arms

36 Torrington Place, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7LY
Call: 020 7636 0120

Elegant Pub in Fitzrovia, Near London Euston

The Marlborough Arms is a distinctive pub in London’s historic Bloomsbury. It’s an area renowned for gracious garden squares, Georgian terraces and imposing mansion buildings. During the 19th and early 20th century, it also became known as an enclave of wealthy bohemians, artists, writers and intellectuals. Charles Dickens lived here for several years, while Virginia Woolf had no fewer than five Bloomsbury addresses during her lifetime – her influential Bloomsbury Group came into being at 46 Gordon Square.

Our pub is named in honour of Charles Spencer, the 3rd Duke of Marlborough. The duke was a prominent 18th century figure, acclaimed for his military service during the Seven Years’ War. He also led the British Army in the pivotal 1758 ‘Raid on Saint-Malo’. Naturally, such exploits did not go unrecorded and you’ll see several large portraits of the heroic nobleman hanging in The Marlborough Arms.

Situated close to the University of London, our pub has long been a setting for much lively discussion and debate. We even became something of a left-wing icon during the 1960s and 70s; a factor which no doubt played a part in Ian Duncan-Smith’s decision to meet with students here in 2003 to talk about tuition fees. Today, The Marlborough Arms remains one of the area’s favourite student locals, popular with academics and a haven for shoppers and visitors to fascinating Bloomsbury.

From the graceful, arched windows and aged wooden floors to the solid elegance of our traditional bar, The Marlborough Arms’ design reflects the heritage of its locale. Cosy nooks invite private conversation. Thoughtfully arranged TV screens give live sport fans their own sense of privacy. And, in warmer weather, outdoor seating allows guests to enjoy bustling Bloomsbury from a peaceful vantage point.

An Elegant Function Room with Egalitarian Appeal

Our spacious ground floor function room is discreetly separate from The Marlborough Arms’ lively bar. Decorated in muted colours and boasting high ceilings, wood panelled walls and fine original features, it is an elegant setting for formal dinners or business meetings. But it also has the intimacy and charm of a private club which works beautifully for family gatherings, small weddings and parties.

Arranged for dining, our function room can seat 40 guests comfortably. On less formal occasions, the room is large and comfortable with three big TV screens, ideal for watching live sport with friends. Whatever the occasion we look forward to welcoming your function to the Marlborough Arms.

An Interesting Pub in the Best Bloomsbury Tradition

The Marlborough Arms is on the edge of Bloomsbury, right between busy Tottenham Court Road and the University of London. It’s a lively pub popular with students and working adults alike, with a fine sense of heritage, surrounded by shopping streets, important museums, venerable institutions and remarkable architecture. The Charles Dickens Museum is just a short walk from our pub and The British Museum is even closer. Nearby Bedford Square is home to the world famous Bloomsbury Publishing house, while legendary London furniture store, Heal’s, is two minutes from our door. It’s easy to reach us too, with Euston, St. Pancras and Kings Cross stations are all within easy walking distance. So be our guest and have a drink in The Marlborough Arms, where Bloomsbury’s best traditions will always be alive and well.

Function Room Information - The Spencer Room
Capacity 50 Private Bar No
Hire Costs available on request Area Type private
Facilities TV, Wi-Fi,
Suitable Events Christmas & New Year, Conferences and Meetings, Funerals, Live Sports, Parties, Tour Groups, Weddings,

The nearest Tube Station to The Marlborough Arms is Goodge Street