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
The English Patient by Michael OndaatjeHygge 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 2019Kentish 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: Flights, by Olga TokarczukSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study06 January 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30PM
St Ives Lighthouse Intensive studySt Ives CornwallOne weekend with two hour prepWeekend May 17th-19th & May 12thAll day

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2017 Salon Survey Results

Posted on 18 Nov 2016
Toby and I want to thank everyone who filled out our survey about studies for 2017. We had a robust response, and results have been very helpful—especially your write-in comments. We’re still sifting through all the ideas, but you’ve already helped us decide on several of the studies

Corruption’s Cruel Path

Posted on 17 Oct 2016
  So stay stuck there, for you are rightly punished, And guard with care the money wrongly gained That made you stand courageous against Charles   And were it not for the reverence I have For those highest of all keys that you once held In the happy life—if this did not restrain

From New Facilitator Mark Cwik

Posted on 11 Jul 2016
I am very excited for the opportunity to lead studies with the London Literary Salon and to be part of the Salon community. My wife Johanna and I relocated to England this past spring from Chicago, where I have been leading Salon-style Great Books discussions for the last two decades.

Community events

Christine Herzer– artist, writer poet in Paris Ivy Writers 14 Feb. 2017

Posted on 13 Feb 2017
14th FEBRUARY from 19h30: Ivy Writers Paris welcomes guest poets Christine Herzer (France/Germany though writing primarily in English) and Charlemagne Ganashine (France)—let us know you are coming! MARDI 14 février 2017 à 19h30 Au bar / 1er étage : Delaville Café, 34 bvd Bonne Nouvell

New Year, New Space!

Posted on 06 Jan 2017
We are pleased to announce an exciting collaboration between The London Literary Salon and the Nice Green Café. Just as we are reaching capacity at the Salon’s longtime home, Helen Tindale has opened Nice Green Café and Arts Club right up the street on Fortress Road in Kentish T

James Joyce Reading Group in Piccadilly

Posted on 06 Dec 2016
If you’re still working your way up to the Salon’s heavy-duty 20-week study of James Joyce’s Ulysses—or if you’re a Ulysses study alumnus—you might find just the right touch of Joyce with the James Joyce Reading Group. The Joyce Reading Group is very much what its name says: a group t