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 23 AprilTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
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: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me GoSouth London, West NorwoodOngoing monthly study28 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
Sodom and Gomorrah by Proust Pt. 1Kentish TownSix Weeks 23 May-4 JulyThursday afternoons

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The London Literary Salon in the News: Joy of Text

Posted on 19 Dec 2016
Daunted by Dante? Useless at Ulysses? Fear not: as Dan Carrier discovers, Toby Brothers of the London Literary Salon is there to hold your hand. Published: 15 December, 2016  in The Camden New Journal  by DAN CARRIER IT will have been a six-month journey through around 265,000 of some

Why Civil Discourse Matters

Posted on 28 Nov 2016
…And Why the Salon Matters This is a tough moment for those who value human rights, cross-cultural communication, global partnership and progressive political movement. Like many, I was devastated to learn of Trump’s election. There are many reasons for rejection of Trump for an

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

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