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February 2024

Historical Tour of Dartmouth House

Monday, 5th February, 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
Open House London | Dartmouth House | Robert Adam frieplace

Join us for a tour of the ESU's opulent Grade II*-listed townhouse boasting a marble courtyard, French panelling and a Robert Adam fireplace  From a banker's ostentatious home to a military hospital, and now the headquarters of educational charity the English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House has had an illustrious and varied history, discover its story which has been shaped by those who owned it.  The tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Dartmouth House is a Grade II*-listed building and, regrettably, has limited disabled access.…

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Why Geopolitics matters: a talk by Robert Ward

Wednesday, 7th February, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us for an evening of informative and exciting conversation with Robert Ward, Japan Chair and Director of Geo-economics and Strategy at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). Robert will be discussing why geopolitics matters and providing an overview of key geopolitical issues affecting today’s world. The talk will begin at 6.30pm and guests are welcome to arrive from 6pm. The talk will be followed by networking in the Dartmouth House bar. Roberts Bio: Robert Ward is the IISS Japan…

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Valentine’s Day Ball: 7 deadly sins

Saturday, 10th February, 8:00 pm - Sunday, 11th February, 1:00 am
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The ESU presents a celebration of love with an alluring twist this Valentine's Day weekend. On Saturday, 10 February, Dartmouth House, the ESU and Cocktails & Conversations will host an enchanting ball, transforming each room to represent one of the 7 Deadly Sins. Prepare to be captivated by immersive experiences and thrilling performances, indulge in drinks and decadent delights, and dance the night away to DJs. Let your imagination run wild with the dress code, from smart dresses to ball…

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Salisbury Branch: The Bustard Story

Monday, 12th February, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, England SP1 2SD United Kingdom
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Join the Salisbury Branch of the ESU for a talk on the Great Bustard, a once-extinct population of birds in Wiltshire.  The talk will take place from 11am at the White Hart Hotel, Salisbury David Waters' founded the Great Bustard group in 1998 and his talk will give a brief history of the Great Bustard, why it is important, and how the project was undertaken. The story involves working with UK, Russian and Spanish governments, how David worked as an…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 21st February, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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A photo containing different books, which is intended as a cover photo for a book club

The ESU London Branch Members' book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen Earley on earley.kathleen@gmail.com Complete and updated ESU book club reading list for 2024 Dec 23 - Jan 2024: Stalin ate my homework – Alexei Sayle - 320pp Jan- Feb: A Bend in the…

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March 2024

An evening with Helen Russell

Tuesday, 5th March, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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We are excited to be joined on Tuesday, 5 March for an insightful evening with TedX speaker Helen Russell. Helen's new book 'How to Raise a Viking,' will be released on 15, February and this talk at the ESU will touch on all aspects of her book, as well as her new lifestyle. After a decade of living in Denmark and raising a family there, author and speaker Helen Russell noticed that Nordic children are different to children back home.…

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Salisbury Branch: Music of the English Country Church with Frances Howard

Monday, 11th March, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
White Hart Hotel, 1 St John's Street
Salisbury, England SP1 2SD United Kingdom
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Join the Salisbury Branch of the ESU for a talk on the history of the Music of the English Country Church at the White Hart Hotel, hosted by Frances Howard. ‘Music of the English Parish Church’ is a subject which brings to life a music tradition that is under the radar of most books about music. Great musical achievements do not arrive ‘oven ready’, Handel’s Messiah or Beethoven’s 5th Symphony need singers and orchestras who can perform these works. Frances’…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 20th March, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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A photo containing different books, which is intended as a cover photo for a book club

The ESU London Branch Members' book club meets once a month at Dartmouth House to exchange views on a book chosen by the group. Discussions take place from 11.00-12.30hrs on the third Wednesday of each month. If you would like to join our friendly and informal club please contact Kathleen Earley on earley.kathleen@gmail.com Complete and updated ESU book club reading list for 2024 Dec 23 - Jan 2024: Stalin ate my homework – Alexei Sayle - 320pp Jan- Feb: A Bend in the…

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ESU Quiz Night

Thursday, 21st March, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Brush up on your general knowledge and join us for the annual ESU Quiz night! Eight teams of up to eight people will battle it out to win the top prize of the evening, a Dartmouth House bar tab worth £60! Each team will tackle a variety of topics across different themed rounds. There will be a maximum of 8 people per team. However, you do not need a team to participate, come along by yourself and find your team…

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South Wales Branch Lunch

Monday, 25th March, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Cardiff City Stadium, Leckwith Road
Cardiff, CF11 8AZ United Kingdom
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Join the South Wales branch of the ESU at the Cardiff City Stadium for a lunch time conversation with Dr John Geraint and Roy Noble. There will also be an opportunity to hear from the chairman of the ESU, Miles Young. Dr John Geraint will be talking about 'Making History on Film and in Print.' He will be introduced by Welsh TV and radio personality Roy Noble. The event will take place in the Ricoh Suite of Cardiff City Stadium…

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