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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On The Golden Booker prize– CNJ by Toby

Posted on 31 Jul 2018
FOR two hours, I was entranced: literary greats introduced their choice of the best of the Bookers—with the shortlisted books brought to life by actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Fiona Shaw, Geoffrey Streatfeild and Meera Syal. And this celebration of narrative form reaches beyond literature n

On Reading from new facilitator Basil Lawrence

Posted on 30 Jul 2018
On Reading        from Basil Lawrence, Salon facilitator   I arrange my shelves by publication date in an attempt to understand how each book relates to its neighbours. The spines remind me that Moby Dick, Bleak House and Madame Bovary appeared in that order in the 1850s. That Th

Welcome to Basil Lawrence– facilitator for fall Nabokov studies

Posted on 11 Jul 2018
It is my great pleasure to introduce Basil to the Salon community. Basil is a skilled facilitator with a deep appreciation for the power of language. For all who have been asking for a Nabokov study, here is your chance! From Basil: “Intro I met Toby when we worked together at t

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Feedback 2018

Posted on 12 Jul 2018
The experience of the Salon is best described by the participants– here is a sampling from recent studies: “Thank you so much for being such an inspiring teacher and facilitator.  As you know I’ve hugely enjoyed the journey you have taken us on through Ellison’s masterpiec

Bowery Poetry Studios film at East End Film Festival

Posted on 16 Apr 2018
  Poetry Slam Documentary “Don’t Be Nice” To World Premiere at East End Film Festival   First Film from Bowery Poetry Studios Spotlights NYC Team at National Competition   Feature Documentary Debut from Director Max Powers Explores Poetry as response to critical events

The Jazz Collective at MAP cafe in Kentish Town featuring Sarah Quist

Posted on 28 Mar 2018
THE JAZZ COLLECTIVE WITH SARAH QUIST AND PAUL KISSAUN DATE: 31ST MARCH 2018 TIME: 20:30 A throwback evening to the good old days where Music took centre stage,  where you played because you loved to jam. Join us for an evening of Jazz with friends.  We’re not traditionalists so if you