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
Flannery O'Connor Study & Documentary *FULL*TBA North LondonFour hours Salon IntensiveJuly 5th 20196:15-10:00 PM
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 21 MayTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
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
Lit Salon Book Club: Paul Auster's The Music of ChanceSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study26 May 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive study *STUDY FULL*St Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 13thAll day
Proust In Search of...Vol. I Swann's Way Kentish TownEight weeks15.5.19--3.7.195-7 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive Kentish TownFour hours: One meeting8 July 20196-10 PM

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London studies coming in April

Posted on 21 Mar 2016
Hamlet Intensive April 26th— One Meeting study of the extraordinary play in honour of Shakespeare’s 400 year anniversary “What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculty! in form, in moving, how express and admirable! in action how like an angel

Paris Salons April 2nd and 3rd

Posted on 15 Mar 2016
Antigone Salon Intensive April 2nd 5:30-10 PM Transcendentalists Intensive April 3rd 4-9 PM After the joy and exuberance of our February studies, I am so pleased to be able to return for more digging in the realm of language and ideas with the shimmering Paris Salonistas.    

Reading books creates greater empathy

Posted on 24 Jan 2016
Our sympathy for fictitious characters can translate into compassion in real life There was a lovely piece of writing in the Guardian recently about how reading both inspires empathy and connects people. This is not a new revelation for those who have participated in the Salon studies

Community events

City Lit Literary Festival 2015

Posted on 08 Sep 2015
On Saturday 12 September 2015, City Lit will host a celebration of published writers, poets and academics from City Lit and beyond. On the same weekend, we will also be hosting the Seventh International George Moore Conference – and some of the talks from the conference are also

Boundary Art Gallery at the British Art Fair

Posted on 08 Sep 2015
Salonista Agi Katz, owner of the Boundary Art Gallery, is exhibiting this weekend…here are the details: 20/21 BRITISH ART FAIR 9 – 13 September 2015 at the Royal College of Art London SW7 2EU (next to the Royal Albert Hall) Once again, we are exhibiting at the prestigious

Housekeeping One day Salon Intensive

Posted on 14 Jun 2015
“To crave and to have are as like as a thing and its shadow. For when does a berry break upon the tongue as sweetly as when one longs to taste it, and when is the taste refracted into so many hues and savors of ripeness and earth, and when do our senses know any thing so utterly as wh