Welcome to the London Literary Salon

The London Literary Salon creates community around the study of great literature.
The Salon offers unique and inclusive discussion-based studies of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama—weaving the ideas of participants with questions the books raise about what it is to be human.
Carefully facilitated, each study is dynamic and expansive in scope. Studies range from one-meeting intensives to six-month odysseys.
See our current offerings below.

Upcoming Salons

(click on course name for more information)

Course NameLocationDurationDateTime
Virginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts October 2019St Ives (weekend); pre-meeting Kentish TownWeekend (Friday- Sunday)October 18-20th; pre-meeting 15.10Weekend
Reading the Body: Yoga & Salon Retreat in UmbriaUmbria ItalyOne weekMay 31st-June 7th 2020All day
Moby Dick by Herman Melville Kentish TownNine weeks16.9- 25.11 2019Mondays 5-7 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce 2020 Eve Kentish Town22 weeks14 Jan - 23 June 2020Tuesdays 12-2 PM or 7:30-9:30 PM
Homer's Odyssey in GreeceIsland of Agistri, Rosy's Little VillageOne week with one prep meeting3rd-11th May 2020Week retreat
Great Ideas, Great BooksLondon BridgeMonthly studyNext meeting 17 September 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
A Heart So White: Valencia WeekendValencia SpainWeekend (Friday- Sunday)November 15th-17th 20195 PM Friday -3 PM Sunday
Beloved Salon Intensive Fairfax, VA and LondonFive hours: One meeting18.8.19 in Fairfax; 12.9.19 in London2:30-7:30 PM / 5-10 PM London
The Waste Land SalonKentish TownThree meetings eveningsStarts 17.9.195-7 PM or 7:30-9:30 PM
Proust V II-- Within a Budding Grove Kentish TownEleven weeksStarts 18.9.195-7 PM OR 7:30-9:30 PM

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News

Proposed Salons from Toby– travelling retreats and weekly

Posted on 20 May 2019
  Late Summer- Fall 2019 thru Spring 2020 Having just returned from another magical St Ives weekend immersed in Virginia Woolf, I am inspired anew by the rare luxury of being in a beautiful place with a group of wonderful minds encountering a work of literature intensely together

Book Club Review Podcast interview with LLS founder Toby Brothers

Posted on 01 Feb 2019
  Book Club Review podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/podcast/close-up-the-literary-salon/id1215730246?i=1000427209844&mt=2 January 2019 If you would like to listen to a brief overview on the history of the Salon and reflections on the purpose of the Salon and book studies

Salon Feedback 2018

Posted on 18 Dec 2018
Salon Participants offer their reflections…. I will just say that, for me, the great thing about the salon is that it feels like a form of play…Over the years as a teacher, I sometimes felt that what was occurring in class was a kind of play, and when this happened it seem

Community events

Bootleg Bloomsday in London June 16 2020

Posted on 07 Jun 2019
  BOOTLEG BALLOONATICS PRESENT: BLOOMSDAY IN LONDON – 16THJUNE 2019 Journey through an imaginary Dublin on the streets of Tufnell Park   For anyone unable to make it to Dublin, this year the Balloonatics offer you the chance to celebrate Bloomsday here in London.  Join us fo

Roll Red Roll Screening by Women’s Equality Party

Posted on 28 May 2019
Roll Red Roll   Co-leaders of the Camden branch of the Women’s Equality Party Emma Ko and Leah Royall are excited to host a rare UK screening of ROLL RED ROLL – a chilling documentary about high-school sexual assault in small-town America. Includes a post-show panel discussion wi

Born to be Wilde By Marcy Kahan– BBC R4 play

Posted on 07 Dec 2018
Our multitalented Marcy does it again!!! BORN TO BE WILDE: THE WARHOL YEARS by Marcy Kahan BBC R4: Monday 17th December @ 14:15 p.m. Available for 30 days after broadcast on R4 website, BBC Radio iPlayer app and new BBC Sounds radio app. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0001mng The y