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 in the enviable position of having a network of supporters to help us to reach out to young people right across the UK. Our members help us to run our core educational programmes: Discover Your Voice, the UK Public Speaking Competition  and Performing Shakespeare. For more information on all of these programmes, please visit our Programme Section.

As well as supporting the important work we do, your membership entitles you to a number of exclusive benefits.

Dartmouth House: Dartmouth House is the home of the ESU, a beautiful Grade II* listed Mayfair townhouse that is also our Members’ Headquarters. It is open to ESU members from 8.30am to 10pm Monday to Friday. Facilities include the Wedgwood Room restaurant, bar, the Revelstoke Lounge and courtyard.

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.

Special offers: The ESU can offer members special events like afternoon tea on the terrace of the House of Lords and entry to the Grand Finals of national competitions. Members are able to register their interest for these exclusive opportunities.

Dialogue: A hard-copy of our beautiful magazine will be sent to you 3 times a year with articles from a range of contributors on subjects related to the English language and education.

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 23 years of age are entitled to free membership. To register online as an 'Under 23' Member, please make sure you complete our 'Under 23' membership form.

We will shortly release the facility to join the ESU online. In the meantime, please send your compeleted form to Shikha Battershill, Membership Administrator at the following address:

The English-Speaking Union
Dartmouth House
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 Shikha at 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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Corporate Membership

Corporate Membership of the ESU gives your company the opportunity to use the members facilities at Dartmouth House whilst supporting our ground breaking charitable work.

We are currently at capacity for Corporate Members at the English-Speaking Union. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, or would like further details, please contact Gail Featherstone, Membership Officer, on 020 7529 1585.