Marble Arch is privileged to be home to Victory Services Club (VSC).
The VSC is London’s only military club that offers membership solely to Service and ex-Service personnel of all ranks and their families, and the equivalent groups from the Commonwealth and NATO.
The VSC is a haven for our brave service members, as well as a bustling hotel and events venue. The jewel in their award-winning events crown is the grand Carisbrooke Hall, which was recently refurbished in time to mark the Club’s 110th anniversary.
Carisbrooke Hall is named after Alexander Mountbatten, 1st Marquess of Carisbrooke. Lord Carisbrooke served as Chairman of the VSC for 27 years from 1932 to 1960 and it’s thanks to him that Marble Arch is home to the VSC today.
Between 1940-41 the Club was located in Holborn and was severely damaged during the Blitz. Lord Carisbrooke steered the VSC through this turbulent period and ensured the VSC not only endured, but was stronger and bigger than before. Lord Carisbrooke presided over huge fundraising efforts to buy and convert the current Seymour Street site, and subsequently the Memorial Wing.
Records show that Lord Carisbrooke raised money for building and maintaining a public memorial hall “to commemorate those who did not return from WWII”. The Victory Hall was completed in 1956, in time for its first function on 6th October 1956 – the Reunion Dinner of the Queen’s Royal Regiment attended by 235 service men.
The Victory Hall was renamed in the 1970s to honour the Marquess of Carisbrooke. Today it maintains its importance as a gathering and celebration venue for service personnel.
This award-winning event space is available for functions even to those not serving in the armed forces and, after an impressive £1.5 million refurbishment it’s a destination in itself.