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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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.

Early Fall Highlights

Posted on 20 Aug 2016
From the madness of the final days of courses to the shift towards travel and pause of the summer days, moments of time shape and shift even as I try to hold them—wanting the possibilities of summer expansion to always be anticipated—not past. I hear the echo of Gatsby’s ever-receding

Community events

Exhibition of Sculptures by Claus Velte

Posted on 06 Dec 2016
  Claus is the partner of Helene –participant and hostess of many Paris Salons– Claus’ work has been an inspiration for me– he has an ability to capture human form and expression that is simply extraordinary. If you are lucky enough to be in Paris– e

Freud Bar on Joseph Conrad: Exile & English Writer

Posted on 04 Oct 2016
BRITISH PSYCHOANALYTIC ASSOCIATION PRESENTS: JOSEPH CONRAD: EXILE AND ENGLISH WRITER Hugh Epstein in discussion with Mary Twyman TUESDAY 18 OCTOBER 2016 7.30 – 10.00 PM THE HOLLY BUSH PUB HAMPSTEAD, NW3 6SG For Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/freud-bar-tickets-2835961136

Short Story Study: “The Things They Carried” 15.06.16

Posted on 14 Jun 2016
The popular short story series convened by Basil Lawrence at Waterstones completes its season with:  “The Things They Carried” by by Tim O’Brien’ Presented by Christopher Hauke 15 June, 7:30pm to 9:00pm  William Timothy O’Brien was born in 1946 in Austin, Minnesota, and is