News And Events

News And Events

Yuletide Party

On December 8, 2016, spirits were high as our Branch members and friends from the British Schools and Universities Club of New York celebrated the holiday season in style at the annual Yueltide Holiday Party. Guests convened in the ESU Garden Room for what turned out to be a festive and merry occasion.  The Garden Room itself was turned into a winter wonderland filled with festive lights, a beautiful tree, and holiday music all of which set the mood.  The evening started with light hors d'oeuvres and a tipple or two from the bar to warm the guests as they entered.

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ARNIC Thanksgiving Party

On November 21, English-Speaking Union hosted a special Thanksgiving feast to introduce 80 members of its ARNIC program and guests to the most iconic of American traditions. Three ARNIC alumni, Mohamed Berrakaoui, Leo Borello, and Alyona Glushchenkova, spoke, thanking Dr. Romay for his support, and shared their paths to success in the US.

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Thanksgiving Party

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Special Member Event

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Branch Lecture

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Win 2 tickets to see A DAY BY THE SEA!

This competition is now closed!

Terms and Conditions apply (please see below).

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New York BUSS Scholar

Congratulations to our ESU Oxford BUSS scholar Michael Klien. From Austen to Shakespeare, Anglo-Saxon to Romantic poetry, British history to contemporary politics--he has mastered his studies and enjoyed his adopted community in Britain.


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Win a 3-course dinner for 2 @ The Shakespeare


After the success of our 2016 National Shakespeare Competition, the ESU want to continue celebrating Shakespeare400 by giving you the chance to win a 3-course dinner at The Shakespeare.

To Enter:
1. Follow ESUUSNational on Twitter
2. Follow Shakespeare_Pub on Twitter
3. Retweet the competition post.  

Terms and Conditions apply (please see below). 

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At the Queen's table

The English-Speaking Union
of New York

Invites you to
At the Queen's Table: 
Food and Dining in the 16th Century from Anne Boleyn to Elizabeth I
a talk by 
Carl Raymond
co-sponsored by
St. George's Society and Historic Royal Palaces 

The 16th century saw some of the most dramatic change culturally, politically and economically in all of England's history. The world of cooking, food and dining was among those areas that evolved substantially under the Tudor monarchs and into the Elizabethan age. In this illustrated talk, professionally trained chef, culinary writer and educator Carl Raymond will chart the course of food as it was cooked, prepared and appeared on royal and noble tables throughout the 16th century. Attendees will leave with a sampling of recipes true to the Tudor period and several will be adapted for the modern kitchen should they wish to try a royal banquet at home.

Thursday, June 2 
6:30 p.m.
The English-Speaking Union
144 East 39th Street, New York City


St. George's Society and Historic Royal Palaces members can register at the Member's price. 

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New York Teen a Finalist in the 2016 English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition

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Abel Garcia, finalist, competing at Lincoln Center in New York City.

With a performance of a sonnet and monologue from Shakespeare on stage at Lincoln Center in New York City, ABEL GARCIA from New York, NY, a student of Gabriel Silva at The Urban Assembly School for the Performing Arts in New York, won a place as one of the 10 finalists in the 33rd annual English-Speaking Union National Shakespeare Competition. The Competition took place on May 2, 2016 with 55 semi-finalists from as many ESU Branch competitions nationwide. Abel previously won the ESU New York Branch competition.

Watch videos of the 2016 Competition Finalists. 

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