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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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

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

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