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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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

Coming Studies Autumn 2018 –draft…

Posted on 02 Jul 2018
Hard to believe we wandered through Ulysses, Proust, Invisible Man, Mad Woman’s voice, Finnegans Wake The Waves, Frankenstein in last few months…along with magical retreats in Camber Sands, Valencia, Kandersteg & Dublin. I am still basking in the glow of these incredib

Toby at TEDx Camden

Posted on 30 Jan 2018
On February 15th at the Atrium in Camden, Toby was one of the speakers at the TEDx Camden event. Here is her talk on “Disabling Racism through Literature”:   ​ Toby leads the London Literary Salon with offerings in Paris, New York, Toronto and other sites, where she f

Community events

Finishing In Search of Lost Time; starting In Search of Lost Time

Posted on 22 Feb 2018
“The work of the artist, this struggle to discern beneath matter, beneath experience, beneath words, something that is different from them, is a process exactly the reverse of that which, in those everyday lives which we live with our gaze averted from ourselves, is at every mom

Five Lessons– One Act radio play by Marcy Kahan

Posted on 27 Nov 2017
Marcy has a new, witty play on the BBC. Moments of wincing and laugh-out loud dialogue– lots of fun…. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09dtd3w Five Lessons A Month of…, A Month of Maureen Five Lessons by Marcy Kahan Nigella Smith is no ordinary piano student. Can her

F.bombe: Wreath making workshops, locally sourced flowers

Posted on 20 Nov 2017
Some of you may have participated in a recent study with Louise Chamberlain– she is one of the founders of f.bombe–truly a person that makes things happen. This holiday season, f.bombe is offering wreath-making workshops: “A few hours to immerse yourself in the senso