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
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleCamden Town/Kentish TownEight weeks27 Feb - 17 Apr 2019Wednesdays 7-9 PM
The English Patient *Aft. FULL*Hygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownFour weeks23 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Monday: 13:30 or Wed. 7:30-9:30 PM
Beckett Seminar with Paul O’HanrahanCamden TownThree hours27 Jan 2019Sunday 2:30-5:30 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce 2019 Eve FULLKentish Town20 weeks15 Jan - 11 June 2019Tuesdays 12-2 PM or 8-10:00 PM
Homer's IliadHygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownSix weeks09 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 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 Blue Fox by SjónSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study03 February 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive study *NOW FULL*St Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 13thAll day

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New Years and Renewal

Posted on 03 Jan 2016
I always expect more from the New Years’ moment. We invest so much into this idea of the change of the year– that there will be an overturning– a renewal commiserate with the birth of the New Year. When I making plans towards the coming year in December– it jus

Coming Salons & studies: Now & 2016

Posted on 22 Nov 2015
The days are short and the chill is settling in with some seriousness.  Some days it is enough just to get through–but if you are feeling inspired, look ahead towards the coming studies. These works will help illuminate the dark times of the year– and give purpose to your

Xenia in the Modern World

Posted on 22 Nov 2015
“Man of misery, whose land have I lit on now? What are they here -violent, savage, lawless? or friendly to strangers, god-fearing men?” The Odyssey by Homer- VI, 131-133 In these days of agony—horror at the events in Paris last weekend, further horror at the bombings in Beirut, the ho

Community events

Wild Swimming Walks Book

Posted on 24 May 2015
One of the wonderful innovations in publishing is a trend towards grass roots projects– though in this case, water roots may be more appropriate… The community at the Kenwood Ladies Pond has been a source of inspiration and regeneration for me and many others– and so

Jung & Poetry: SAP event in collaboration with LLS

Posted on 12 Jan 2015
T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land Location: The SAP, 1 Daleham Gardens, London NW3 5BY Dates: 9 March, 16 March & 23 March 2015 20:30 – 22:00 with Toby Brothers April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring

Literary Salons in the News

Posted on 12 Jan 2015
Trending Now: Modern Salons from London to Dubai Discover the re-emergence of salon culture around the world, proof that the art of in-person discussion—whether scholarly, scientific or creative—is not yet lost. By Toby White from the Four Seasons Magazine Winter 2015   Photograp