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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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

Dear Ivanka: Please don’t quote what you haven’t read….

Posted on 23 May 2017
The Arrogance of Ignorance There is a danger of becoming de-sensitized to the outrageousness of the Trump family’s actions. They spring from the realm of reality TV (mis-behavior and moral poverty are the coin of that realm), but sadly—devastatingly—DT & his progeny now affect the

Community events

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

Marcy Kahan’s dramatisation of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential

Posted on 29 May 2017
Salonista Marcy Kahan goes into the wild world of the professional kitchen in her latest creative project for Radio 4… The 5-episode dramatisation of Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential will be on BBC Radio 4 from Monday 22nd May – Friday 26th May @ 10:45 a.m. [Wednesd