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
Proust in France Illiers FranceWeekend (Friday- Sunday)April 26-28 2019All day
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 26 MarchTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Woolf's Waves in St Ives Weekend study ONE SPACESt Ives CornwallWeekend (Friday- Sunday)April 5th-7th 2019Eight hours over the weekend
Moby Dick by Herman Melville Kentish TownEight weeks13 MAY - 8 JULY 2019Mondays 13:30-15:30 PM
Homer's Odyssey in GreeceIsland of Agistri, Rosy's Little VillageOne week with two prep meetings1-8 May 2019
Lit Salon Book Club: The Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study07 April 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--3.7.197-9 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive FULLKentish TownFour hours: One meeting24 April 20196-10 PM

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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

The Sound and The Fury by Faulkner at SAP in Hampstead

Posted on 24 Jan 2016
This five week study starts next Monday, February 1st in Hampstead– at the Society for Analytical Psychoanalysts –but you do not need to be a psychoanalyst to join. Faulkner has this amazing ability to get deeply into the conversation that happens between people: what is s

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