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Dartmouth House, home of the English Speaking Union

  • Thu, September 26, 2019
  • 2:30 PM
  • 37-38 Charles Street, London W1

A unique opportunity to glimpse London life as it would have been in the 18th and 19th century – if you were wealthy. Lord Revelstoke, of the Baring banking family, described as ‘one of the most conspicuous consumers’ of his time, bought the building to house his vast collection of antiques and art. A banking crisis (and a Bank of England bailout) still left him bankrupt but a few decades later the building was acquired by the newly formed English Speaking Union whose aim was to promote communication to bolster international understanding and, ultimately, peace. Today the ESU still operates as a members’ club but also runs an extensive educational programme to help young people express themselves and to think for themselves. Our visit will take approximately 1 hour, with a guide to take us through the history of this remarkable place. To reserve a place contact rosemary.forgan@marylebone.org or tel: 020 7916 9353. Cost £10 (to include tea/coffee after the tour)

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