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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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

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

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