Joining us for a debate
All are welcome to attend free-of-charge, and no pre-registration is required.  Guests are encouraged to speak and are also very welcome to observe.  See the details of upcoming debates at right (or below for mobile viewers).

Date and time
The Sylvan Debating Club typically meets on the first Monday of each month, excepting when the first Monday is a bank holiday.  Debates begin promptly at 7:00 pm.

Other than during the coronavirus period, our debates are held at the Ye Olde Cock Tavern, 22 Fleet Street in their upstairs room.  The nearest tubes are Temple and Chancery Lane.  To confirm the venue location, please see individual debate pages or the calendar of upcoming events at right (desktop) or at bottom (mobile).

The Sylvans employ a traditional motion-based debating format, along the lines of the Oxford and Cambridge Unions.  Each debate is opened by two main speakers on each side of the argument (the Proposer and Opposer) followed by speeches from the floor.

Members and guests are then welcome to speak for up to 5 minutes each.  Afterwards, the main speakers each have a right of reply.  A vote is then taken to determine the outcome of the debate.

The Sylvans debate topical issues of public and political life.  For recent debate topics, click here.  For a list of past Sylvan motions since 1999, please click here.