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
Moby Dick by Herman MelvilleCamden Town/Kentish TownEight weeks27 Feb - 17 Apr 2019Wednesdays 7-9 PM
The English Patient *Aft. FULL*Hygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownFour weeks23 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Monday: 13:30 or Wed. 7:30-9:30 PM
Beckett Seminar with Paul O’HanrahanCamden TownThree hours27 Jan 2019Sunday 2:30-5:30 PM
Ulysses by James Joyce 2019 Eve FULLKentish Town20 weeks15 Jan - 11 June 2019Tuesdays 12-2 PM or 8-10:00 PM
Homer's IliadHygge Pygge Cafe, Camden TownSix weeks09 Jan - 13 Feb 2019Wednesdays 7:30-9:30 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 Blue Fox by SjónSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study03 February 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive study *NOW FULL*St Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 13thAll day

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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

Salonistas Comment 2017

Posted on 14 Jul 2017
Ulysses Feedback 2017  If you were recommending the study to a friend, what aspects might you highlight? “How enjoyable it is to learn and have fun in a group reading a book together and how what I thought was impossible – enjoying Ulysses – became possible through this exercise

NEW SALONS starting late August 2017

Posted on 12 Jul 2017
Although summer rhythms are calling…time to slow down & meander through the sun-lit glades–here are some of the coming studies if you want to add to your summer reading…. The London Literary Salon staff are offering thematic studies–each course stands alone

Community events

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’

Free study of George Orwell’s 1984 in October

Posted on 05 Jul 2017
ONE BOOK, MANY CONVERSATIONS   At the core of a democracy lies conversation.  The ability to talk with one another about the issues before us, to come together and share our many perspectives is a vital aspect of a thriving democratic society.  Discussions grounded in a book can

Bloomsday Events 2017 London & Dublin

Posted on 29 May 2017
June 16th is an exciting day for Ulysses  readers–and it is a particularly amazing day for this year’s set of Ulysses voyagers who have spent the last six months wending their way past the Cyclops and between Scylla & Charybdis– past rabid, biscuit-tin throwing n