Membership of the ESU will allow you to enjoy its social, educational and cultural programmes; to come to ESU events in the UK and around the world, to support young people in your community and to enjoy the facilities of Dartmouth House in London.

Your membership will support the valuable work of our charity and enable more young people to discover their voice.

Become a member of the English-Speaking Union

As both a charity and membership organisation we are fortunate to have a network of supporters to help us to reach out to young people across the UK and around the world. In addition to our headquarters in London, we have 30 branches in England and Wales comprising nearly 6,000 members who help organise our core competitions, as well as raising funds to support our educational work. There are also more than 50 international English-Speaking Unions spanning the globe from Albania to Yemen.

As well as supporting the important work we do, membership enables you to meet people in your local community and across the UK, exchanging ideas and opinions and broadening your horizons.

Membership benefits include:

Access to your local branch: Across England and Wales, our branches meet regularly, organising high-quality speakers and a variety of cultural activities. As well as helping to support our programmes at a regional level, our branches run social activities designed to raise funds for our important educational work, and to bring the local community together.

Dartmouth House: Dartmouth House, the home of the ESU, is a beautiful Grade II* listed London townhouse that is also our members’ headquarters. It is open to all English-Speaking Union members from 8.30am to 10pm, Monday to Friday. Facilities include the Wedgwood Room restaurant, a Louis XIV-panelled bar, the Long Drawing Room with its Adam fireplace and ornately carved ceiling, and a marble courtyard.

Special offers: The ESU offers its members invitations to special events such as afternoon tea on the terrace of the House of Lords and entry to the Grand Finals of our national competitions.

Dialogue: A hard copy of our beautiful magazine will be sent to you twice a year with articles from a range of contributors on subjects related to oracy, language, education and cultural exchange.

Join Now

Joining our lively membership network is easy. Simply fill out a membership form and send it back to us at the address below.

New members under the age of 23 are entitled to free membership and can register online below.

We will shortly release the facility for all members to join the English-Speaking Union online. In the meantime, for over 23 membership please print off and send your completed form to our Membership Administrator at the following address:

Dartmouth House
37 Charles Street
London W1J 5ED.

We kindly request that all members read and observe the Rules of Dartmouth House.

If you have any queries concerning your membership, please contact or on 020 7529 1571.


Please download a membership form and read our House Rules.

Membership Application Form
Rules of Dartmouth House

Register for Membership (under 23)

Please complete this form to submit your registration for free membership of the English-Speaking Union (for those under 23 years of age).

Membership enables you to stay informed of future competitions in both public speaking and debating, access information about our programmes and training opportunities and receive invitations to apply for prestigious and unique scholarship opportunities such as the ESU Secondary School Exchange Programme.

You will receive an electronic version of our tri-annual magazine dialogue, e-newsletters and you are welcome to visit or attend events at the international headquarters of the ESU, Dartmouth House, in London.

Membership is open to young people aged fourteen and above and remains FREE until the age of twenty-three.

Register for membership of the English-Speaking Union

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