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Explore Dartmouth House, the home of the English-Speaking Union

Join us during Open House London

Sunday 23rd September, 10am-5pm

Dartmouth House, Mayfair in the sunshine

An architectural gem

Dartmouth House is an opulent Grade II*-listed townhouse boasting a marble courtyard, French panelling and a Robert Adam fireplace. It is home to the English-Speaking Union, an educational charity equipping young people with the oracy (speaking and listening) skills and confidence they need to thrive. The house you see today is actually two houses, nos. 37 & 38 Charles Street, combined between 1890 and 1891 by banker Edward Baring, one of the most conspicuous consumers of the decade, who had been raised to the peerage as Baron Revelstoke in 1885.


Dartmouth House information booklets are available, free of charge, at reception for self-guided tours throughout the day. There is no need to book this. Activity sheets for children are also available.

We will also be holding 4 guided tours throughout the day (approx. 25mins long). These will run at 12 noon, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and are now all fully booked.

Open House London | Dartmouth House, Mayfair
Dartmouth House | Open House London | Marble courtyard, hidden gem

Enjoy our beautiful marble courtyard

Open House London | Dartmouth House | The marble staircase with rococo balustrade

Climb our imposing staircase with its rococo balustrade

Open House London | Dartmouth House | Robert Adam frieplace

Discover our original Robert Adams fireplace

about your visit

Dartmouth House is at 37 Charles Street, just off Berkeley Square and a short walk from Green Park tube.

Refreshments will be available.

You can find out more about Dartmouth House on the Open House website.

Old map of Mayfair, black and white sketch

Book your next event at the house

Dartmouth House is available for hire for weddings, private dining functions and events including conferences, product launches and lectures. Meeting rooms are also available. Over thirty percent of all profits from Dartmouth House events go towards supporting the English-Speaking Union in its charitable work, equipping young people with the oracy skills and confidence they need to thrive.

About the English-Speaking Union

The English-Speaking Union believes every child should be able to make their voice heard. We believe that the ability to progress and thrive in life relies on oracy – speaking and listening – skills, skills which are not currently a prominent part of the state school curriculum. Our debate and public speaking programmes help young people to engage with complex ideas more effectively and, just as importantly, to listen. These skills improve young people’s attainment, self-esteem and social skills, helping them to achieve their goals and to change their lives and communities for the better.

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