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 Salon Intensives: Ovid and Herrera- Ancient and Modern mythologies

Posted on 18 Jan 2016
The Paris studies are intensive not simply because we cram our work into one meeting: the energy that the original Salon group brings to the work is powerful and inspiring. Here is how one of the participants perfectly describes our recent study: And once again, there we were, somehow

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

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