English Language Clubs in London
Joining English language clubs is an excellent way to get together with other students in an informal, and often social, setting. Language clubs offer students the opportunity to share tips and resources and of course practise using English, whether through conversation, reading the newspaper, participating in an activity or even watching TV and films. Speaking with other students of English, for whom it is not a first language, is often very beneficial as the variations you will hear are reflective of international English and cosmopolitan London, often assisting students in their understanding of the English language in the context of real-life situations.
Some English schools or educational institutions put on activities, clubs and even trips or social outings specifically to encourage this sort of practical language application. You usually will need to be studying at the institution to take part in the clubs although some are open to public membership.
Hampstead School of English
553 Finchley Road, Hampstead, London NW3 7BJ
020 7794 3533
Hampstead school of English offers a comprehensive social programme for students, including day trips out of the city and visits to top London attractions including museums and galleries. Activities are lead by native speakers and participants are encouraged to use their existing English skills and build their vocabulary.
London School of Business and Finance English School
5th Floor New Court, 48 Carey Street, London, WC2A 2JE (Closest tube stations: Temple, Embankment, Covent Garden)
0207 100 1808
LSBF School of English offers a variety of clubs and activities for students to improve their English. Conversation clubs focus on a different topic each session and cover related vocabulary, phrases, pronunciation and grammar. The concentration is on using the new material in fluent dialogue and discussion. Homework clubs are available for students to study together, complete homework and work on areas they find difficult. Day trips and social events are also organised, designed to encourage students to explore London and immerse themselves in the culture whilst using and developing their language skills.
West London Business College
77-83 Broadway, West Ealing, London. W13 9BP
020 8579 9661
A conversation course is offered as a supplement to other English courses being taken. Classes are small and the onus is on the students to guide the focus of the class to their needs. Lessons cover pronunciation, vocabulary and usage and include role play and topical discussion.
Level: Beginner to advanced
Duration: 12 weeks to 1 year
Cost: between £199 and £649
For more autonomous or informal language practise, there are charities and independent organisations who offer language and conversation clubs. www.meetup.com is a great resource for finding English conversation clubs all over London. Some examples include:
Contact: John: email@example.com or 0777623 4512
Non profit organisation promoting language exchange. They set up regular conversation evenings in different social settings such as quiet bars, restaurants or cafes as well as activities or outings and encourage speakers of different languages to offer their skills to help others practise.
Membership is between £12 and £20 per month
West End Club
Shakespeare's Head Pub, 64-48 Kingsway, WC2B 6BG
Contact: 07535 898 998 or 07733011577
An organised, multi-lingual, conversation club where you can practise vocabulary and conversation in a range of languages including English with help from native speakers.
£5 for your first class, membership and cheaper options are available thereafter. Sessions take place every Thursday from 7.30pm.
Queensbury Deli, 68 Walm Lane, Willesden Green, NW2 4RA, London
Practise your English in a cafe setting in North West London
£2 per session
Bertie and Boo Cafe, 162 Balham High Road
Enjoy coffee and cake as you practise English conversation and take part in fun activities or exercises in a cafe environment in Balham, South London.
On Mondays from 7.30pm to 9.30pm
IEL Saturday School
147 Oxford Street, London, W1D 2EJ
More structured, classroom based lessons for intermediate to advanced students, focussing on conversation, vocabulary and grammar.
Daily between 10.45 and 12.15am.
£10 per person per session
A further online resource for finding English speakers to practise language with is www.conversationexchange.com. This website acts as an agency, matching speakers of different languages so they can practise with each other, either on a face to face, pen-pal or instant message chat basis.