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
Virginia Woolf in St Ives: Between the Acts October 2019St Ives (weekend); pre-meeting Kentish TownWeekend (Friday- Sunday)October 18-20th; pre-meeting 15.10Weekend
Reading the Body: Yoga & Salon Retreat in UmbriaUmbria ItalyOne weekMay 31st-June 7th 2020All day
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
Great Ideas, Great BooksLondon BridgeMonthly studyNext meeting 17 September 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
A Heart So White: Valencia WeekendValencia SpainWeekend (Friday- Sunday)November 15th-17th 20195 PM Friday -3 PM Sunday
Beloved Salon Intensive Fairfax, VA and LondonFive hours: One meeting18.8.19 in Fairfax; 12.9.19 in London2:30-7:30 PM / 5-10 PM London
The Waste Land SalonKentish TownThree meetings eveningsStarts 17.9.195-7 PM or 7:30-9:30 PM
Proust V II-- Within a Budding Grove Kentish TownEleven weeksStarts 18.9.195-7 PM OR 7:30-9:30 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

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

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