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January 2023

Climate Crisis Roadmap: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

Tuesday, 31st January, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The climate crisis poses an existential threat to us all, yet the complexity of the issues, the constantly changing environmental policies and the multiple sources of information available to us can make it difficult to grasp the scale and trajectory of the crisis. In this first event of the Climate Deep Dialogue you will hear a lecture from a leading expert in the field of climate science and leave with a clear roadmap of where we are in the climate…

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February 2023

Dartmouth House Tour

Monday, 6th February, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us for a tour of this 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. Join us on a tour of the building and discover its story which has been shaped by those who owned it. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes and will…

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Time is Running Out: Can We Innovate Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis?

Tuesday, 7th February, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us for the second in a series of events from the ESU Speech & Debate Committee on the topic 'Beyond COP: Is It Time to Change Course?' With increased concern surrounding our reliance on the COP process to deliver a solution to the climate crisis, this panel discussion explores alternative and innovative solutions. In this second event of the climate Deep Dialogue, you will hear from scientists, academics, activists, politicians, and entrepreneurs, and leave with understanding of the options…

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Piano Recital with Yulia Chaplina

Wednesday, 8th February, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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The English-Speaking Union welcomes you to an evening of piano music with ESU Music Scholarship alumna Yulia Chaplina Join us at Dartmouth House for a reception followed by a concert by pianist, Yulia Chaplina. Debuting aged seven with a performance of Bach's Keyboard Concerto in F minor with the Rostov State Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Chaplina trained in Rostov and Moscow with Naum Shtarkman and with Klaus Hellwig at the University of the Arts in Berlin. She holds a Masters of…

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Dan Conway, CEO of the Publishers Association, In Conversation

Thursday, 9th February, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Dan Conway, CEO of the Publishers Association will join Alastair Niven OBE LVO in conversation at live at Dartmouth House and online. This discussion will focus on the work of the Publishers Association, Dan’s own experiences and career, and the state of the book in the era of digitalisation. Alongside his role at the Publishers Association, Dan is a Board Trustee for World Book Day, and Non-Executive Director at Publishers’ Licensing Services. Prior to his time at the Publishers Association,…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 15th 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 until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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Climate Series Drinks Reception

Tuesday, 21st February, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us at the bar for informal drinks to bounce ideas around, disagree agreeably and reflect on the questions posed during the Climate Deep Dialogue so far. Is COP enough or is it time to change course? Where are we with the climate crisis and where are we going to be in the next few decades? Can we innovate our way out of the climate crisis? Will the COP process fail to deliver? We will have experts in the field…

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Debate: This house believes that the COP process will fail

Tuesday, 28th February, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us for the fourth in a series of events from the ESU Speech & Debate Committee on the topic 'Beyond COP: Is It Time to Change Course?' In the aftermath of COP 27 we have the opportunity to consider if our existing mechanisms are up to the task of solving the climate crisis or whether it is time to explore alternative approaches. Join us for this final event of the Climate Deep Dialogue to hear scientists, academics, activists, politicians…

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March 2023

ESU Members and Alumni Dinner at the House of Commons

Thursday, 9th March, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
House of Commons, Houses of Parliament
London, SW1A 0AA United Kingdom
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Join us in celebration and support of our international exchange programmes with a very special members and alumni dinner at the House of Commons. Speaker to be confirmed. Members, £200; guests, £250; under 35s, £125; table for 10, £2,200. This event is part of the English-Speaking Union's programme of celebrating global understanding through dialogue and will support our vital charitable mission of giving young people the speaking and listening skills and cultural understanding they need to thrive.

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London Branch Members’ Coffee Morning

Wednesday, 15th March, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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ESU London branch welcomes fellow ESU members and their guests to a coffee morning at Dartmouth House This coffee morning is hosted by the London branch of the ESU, and is a friendly opportunity to network with peers over coffee at our Mayfair headquarters, Dartmouth House.

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 15th March, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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Old Versus New World Wine Discovery at Dartmouth House

Tuesday, 21st March, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join us at Dartmouth House for a tasting of three white and three red Old and New World wines with bespoke canapé pairings. Learn more about the regions and methods behind making these wines and enjoy a specially curated canapé selection to go alongside each wine.  

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SAVE THE DATE: ESU Schools’ Mace finals day

Monday, 27th March
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Save the date for the finals day of the ESU Schools' Mace, the oldest and largest debating competition for schools. Over 300 schools compete in the Schools' Mace each year, but only twelve teams reach the finals day at Dartmouth House. Just two teams will make it to the grand final, where the winning team of the ESU Schools' Mace 2023 will be decided. More information will be available soon.

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April 2023

ESU Quiz Night at Dartmouth House

Tuesday, 18th April, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Brush up on your general knowledge and join us at Dartmouth House for our ESU quiz night. An evening of fun and knowledge to see who will be crowned the winning team, whilst enjoying a selection of locally sourced sharing platters for you and your team. Tickets include food of a selection of local sharing platters for the table and a drink on arrival (pay bar thereafter). Ten teams of 6 people (max) with a winning team prize - arrival…

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 19th April, 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 until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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May 2023

ESU Coronation Tea Party at Dartmouth House

Thursday, 4th May, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Join the royal celebrations with our Coronation Tea Party. Enjoy a delicious glass of English sparkling wine alongside a traditional afternoon tea at the beautiful Dartmouth House. Ticket includes a glass of English sparkling wine, tea & coffee, a traditional tea of sandwiches, scones and sweet treats including cakes & patisserie. Guest speaker to be announced soon.

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ESU International Public Speaking Competition 2023

Monday, 8th May - Friday, 12th May
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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A group of international secondary school students dressed in different attires standing closed together outside a building and smiling.

The ESU International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) is the world’s largest competition of its kind. Bringing together participants, aged 16-20, from over 50 countries for a week of cultural exchange and competition, the IPSC is one of the ESU’s flagship programmes. The Grand Final on Friday, 12 May will see the very best 6-8 young performers deliver their speech and follows the competition heats held earlier in the week. More details to follow soon.

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 17th May, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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June 2023

ESU Summer Reception

Tuesday, 13th June, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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Celebrate the start of summer with us at a very special courtyard reception at our beautiful Mayfair headquarters, Dartmouth House. Enjoy an evening of rosé, summer foods, and a special dessert station whilst supporting the ESU's vital charitable work.

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London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 21st June, 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 until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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July 2023

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 19th July, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
+ Google Map

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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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August 2023

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 16th August, 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 until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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September 2023

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 20th September, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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October 2023

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 18th October, 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 until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
+ Google Map

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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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November 2023

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 15th November, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 11:00 am on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
+ Google Map

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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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December 2023

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 20th December, 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 until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
+ Google Map

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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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January 2024

London Branch: Book Club

Wednesday, 17th January 2024, 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 until Wednesday, 31st January 2024

The English-Speaking Union, 37 Charles Street
London, England W1J 5ED United Kingdom
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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 Book club reading list for December 2022 - April 2023: Nov – Dec : Kings of Shanghai – Jonathan Kaufman, 1990 (350pp) (Also published as The Last…

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