Dartmouth House

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Dartmouth HouseDartmouth House is the international headquarters of the ESU (English-Speaking Union), which is represented in more than 50 countries worldwide. Over 40,000 people use the building each year, many without realising that Dartmouth House is an important heritage building, sumptuously remodelled and refurbished in the 1890s by Lord Revelstoke, who created a grand town mansion in the Anglo-French style. Purchased by the ESU in 1926, it is one of the most notable properties in Mayfair and was recently upgraded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to Grade II* and is scheduled as a building of national importance. Inevitably old buildings need major repair and restoration and in 1997 an international appeal was launched to restore the building and refurbish it to a level appropriate to the 21st Century. The funds raised from a variety of generous donors helped us to undergo a programme of urgent restoration and modernisation.
This included renovating the roof, the courtyard paving and outdated electrical services. The superb painted ceiling by Pierre Victor Galland is above the grand staircase at Dartmouth House. All the appeal monies raised were put towards the costs, supplemented by a loan. This has ensured the survival of Dartmouth House and its key role in ESU activities worldwide.



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Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel from 204 29% off
35 Charles Street, W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
Typically for this aristocratic part of town, a discreet entrance leads to a thoroughly luxurious interior. Muted colours and marble floors give the sense of an ... More
Washington Mayfair Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel
5 Curzon Street, W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
Dating back to 1913, The Washington Mayfair Hotel successfully blends historic art deco with modern design. Located in the premier commercial and cultural centre of London, ... More
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel from 213 37% off
Stratton Street, W1J | 3 minutes from Dartmouth House
The May Fair, A Radisson Collection Hotel, is located in sophisticated Mayfair, resurgent again as London's true luxury quarter. The hotel puts you in a peaceful ... More
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Royal Institution of Great Britain
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 5 minutes from Dartmouth House
Best known for its annual televised Christmas lectures, the RI is one of Britain's most famous science institutions and the place where famous scientists such as ... More
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Spencer House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
27 St James's Place, St James's, London SW1A | 6 minutes from Dartmouth House
Spencer family's 18th London residence. The ancestral home of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Spencer family hasn’t lived in this, their London residence, since 1926. Following ... More
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Apsley House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia, London W1J | 7 minutes from Dartmouth House
Originally the London residence of the first Duke of Wellington, Apsley House was designed and built by Robert Adam between 1771 and 1778 and retains some ... More
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Shepherd Market
London > Attractions >
Mayfair, W1J | 2 minutes from Dartmouth House
This 'hidden' square in Mayfair has more than its fair share of good restaurants, Victorian pubs and boutique shops, ... More
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Mallett Ely House
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
37 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 4 minutes from Dartmouth House
Mallett is one of the oldest established antiques dealers in the world, founded in 1865 in Bath by jeweller and silversmith John Mallett. The company specialises ... More
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David Zwirner
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
24 Grafton Street, Mayfair, London W1S | 4 minutes from Dartmouth House
New York gallery owner David Zwirner is opening his first overseas outpost in London in October 2012. Led by director Angela Choon, the gallery will encompass ... More
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London Palladium
London > Entertainment > Theatres
8 Argyll Street, Soho, London W1F | 11 minutes from Dartmouth House
For those who owned televisions in the 1950s and 1960s, the London Palladium is quite simply the most famous variety theatre in the world. Stars who ... More
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Criterion Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
218-223 Piccadilly, Piccadilly Circus, Soho, London W1V | 11 minutes from Dartmouth House
The tiny entrance of the Criterion Theatre is almost invisible among the massive advertisements, traffic and crowds of Piccadilly Circus. To ignore it, however, is to ... More
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The Crystal Maze LIVE Experience West End
London > Entertainment >
22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue, Trocadero, W1D | 12 minutes from Dartmouth House
From spring 2019 the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience comes to the West End. After three successful years in Angel, Islington (open until 28th ... More
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Geo F Trumper
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
9 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
Famous barber frequented by famous faces offering the full works, even manicures. Men can learn how to shave properly with a special training session.... More
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Heywood Hill
London > Shopping > Books
10 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
Heywood Hill, run by John de Falbe, sells old, new and antiquarian books, specialising in literature, history, architecture, biography, travel and a well-stocked children's department. Founded ... More
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Simon Carter Mayfair
London > Shopping > Menswear
34 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 2 minutes from Dartmouth House
Founded by a businessman of the same name in the 1980s, Simon Carter is a menswear retailer known especially for their accessories such as cufflinks, ... More
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Butlers at The Chesterfield
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
The Chesterfield Mayfair Hotel, 35 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
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Queens of Mayfair
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
17 Queen Street, W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
Sisters Victoria and Grace Sheppard are behind Queens of Mayfair , combining their PR and marketing in luxury hospitality and design backgrounds to ... More
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Tamarind
London > Restaurants > Indian/South Asian restaurants
20 Queen Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
This Indian restaurant is a real treat for anyone with an interest in the variety and surprises that Indian cooking can hold. Head chef, Alfred ... More
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L'Atelier des Chefs
London > Education > Adult Education
19 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London W1U | 12 minutes from Dartmouth House
Whether you're a Nigella or not in the kitchen, the L'atelier des Chefs cookery school can teach you something. Classes are given in the basement kitchens ... More
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Cookery School
London > Education > Cookery Courses
15B Little Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W | 13 minutes from Dartmouth House
Awarded The Best City Cookery School 2013, the Cookery School at Little Portland Street has been teaching people to make simple, honest food for more than ... More
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La Cucina Caldesi
London > Education > Cookery Courses
118 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U | 15 minutes from Dartmouth House
The Caldesi family first set up a cooking school in Giancarlo's native Tuscany. His 'Return to Tuscany' was captured by BBC cameras and dished up on ... More
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May Fair Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
May Fair Hotel, Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from Dartmouth House
The subterranean spa within the luxury May Fair Hotel offers a tailed experience emphasising wellbeing and health. All of the spa treatments have been carefully ... More
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Aman Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London W1K | 4 minutes from Dartmouth House
The luxury Aman Spa in the basement of the marvellous Mayfair hotel, The Connaught, is the first and only UK spa from the world renowned ... More
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The Athenaeum Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
The Athenaeum, 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J | 4 minutes from Dartmouth House
The Athenaeum Spa promises to revive and rejuvenate its guests with the help of bespoke REN treatments and Elemis pampering. Treatment options include a Moroccan rose ... More
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The Only Running Footman
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
5 Charles Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
One of two venues belonging to The Meredith Group who also run The Portman in Portman Village, The Only Running Footman is a popular pub, restaurant ... More
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Ye Grapes
London > Nightlife > Pubs
16 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J | 1 minute from Dartmouth House
Built in 1882 this gorgeous Victorian pub could be the perfect spot for a night out, if you can find it, that is. Very close to ... More
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Punch Bowl
London > Nightlife > Pubs
41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from Dartmouth House
Famous for its famous owner, the Punch Bowl became a celebrity hang-out when Guy Ritchie split up with Madonna. The director of 'Lock, Stock & Two ... More
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Whisky Mist
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
London Hilton Hotel, 35 Hertford Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from Dartmouth House
London's renowned celebrity hotspot - a favourite haunt for every class of celeb from footballers to royals - returns in 2014 after an extensive two-month refurbishment. ... More
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Charlie Berkeley Street
London > Nightlife > Bars
15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from Dartmouth House
Mayfair nightclub Charlie, opened early in September 2015, is perfectly positioned to appeal to the glamorous night owls in and around Berkeley Street, where neighbours include ... More
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Funky Buddha
London > Nightlife > Nightclubs
15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from Dartmouth House
Between the Victorian elegance of Berkley Square and the Imperial magnificence of Piccadilly, you might be surprised to find a club that oozes with Eastern decadence, ... More
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Dartmouth House (English-Speaking Union)
London > Business > Venue Hire
37 Charles Street, The English-Speaking Union - Dartmouth House, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1J | Same location as Dartmouth House
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The May Fair
London > Business > Venue Hire
Stratton Street, Mayfair, London W1J | 3 minutes from Dartmouth House
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Dover Street Restaurant and Bar
London > Business > Venue Hire
8-10 Dover Street, Mayfair, Mayfair, London W1S | 4 minutes from Dartmouth House
This long established night spot in Mayfair's Dover Street has been providing Londoners with a sophisticated setting to enjoy food, drink and live entertainment for 30 ... More

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Wigmore Hall 12 minutes walk from Dartmouth House

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National Gallery 16 minutes walk from Dartmouth House

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National Gallery 16 minutes walk from Dartmouth House

This first major exhibition of 17th-century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi's work includes two versions of her painting Judith Beheading Holofernes ...More

Titian: Love, Desire, Death
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National Gallery 16 minutes walk from Dartmouth House

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Palace Theatre 16 minutes walk from Dartmouth House

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Dominion Theatre 19 minutes walk from Dartmouth House

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