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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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

Paris 13 November 2015

Posted on 14 Nov 2015
“I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible, loving, human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets, or like the capillary oozing of water,

Community events

Ulysses: Sailing into the Mind–23rd January 2015

Posted on 20 Dec 2014
Ulysses: Sailing into the Mind Hosted by the British Psychoanalytic Association: Staying Connected with Toby Brothers, Director of the London Literary Salon Discussant: Mary Twyman. Psychoanalyst BPA BPAS Chair: David Morgan. Psychoanalyst BPA BPAS BPF Friday January 23rd 7-9:30 PM £5

Culinary Salon

Posted on 28 Oct 2014
  Salonista Julia Leonard is organising some wonderful conversations around food and memory– perfectly dovetailing with our Proust studies! Join us for the third Divertimenti Culinary Salon as we explore the tantalising link between food and memory with top chefs, writers,

Community Happenings June 2014

Posted on 28 May 2014
The Salon community in both Paris and London is full of lively minds and happenings…below are just a few that have crossed my radar– feel free to send along your event or offering! from Nora Connolly–(no, not that Nora)–friend of the Salon A CELEBRATION OF JAME