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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Thoughts on Art & Anger

Posted on 18 Dec 2017
Thoughts on Art & Anger “What is the way to use anger to fuel something other than hurt, to direct it away from hatred, vengefulness, self-righteousness, and make it serve creation and compassion?” — Ursule Le Guin   Wandering through the Women House exhibit

Help Select Our Next Novel

Posted on 29 Sep 2017
We have several proposed novels for a short study in mid-November, and we would like to ask your help choosing which to offer. Please take our quick survey to let us know what interests you. Alternatively, have a look at the proposed titles below and email us your thoughts at litsalon

Reading the Body : Yoga And Literature

Posted on 23 Sep 2017
I fight time. All the time. I frequently negotiate in my mind how I can squeeze in one more activity/outing/date—and how I can get from one place to another without factoring in travel time. I underestimate how long it takes me to transition from swimming to getting on my bike and das

Community events

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

SoundBites Event

Posted on 28 Oct 2017
SOUNDBITES evenings are private soirée events with gourmet suppers, fine wines and very very good music, where invited friends meet in an intimate atmosphere, are served delicious suppers with wines and hear brilliant performances. Guests are greeted with a welcoming glass and hors d’