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
Flannery O'Connor Study & Documentary *FULL*TBA North LondonFour hours Salon IntensiveJuly 5th 20196:15-10:00 PM
Spontaneous PhilosophyRudolf Steiner House, MaryleboneMonthly no-prep studyNext meeting 23 JuneTuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
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
Lit Salon Book Club: Bridget Collins' The BindingSouth London, West NorwoodMonthly study23 June 2019Sundays 6:30-8:30 PM
Great Ideas, Great Books—New SectionMaryleboneMonthly studyStarting 22 January 2019Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 PM
Beloved Salon Intensive Fairfax, VAFive hours: One meeting18.8.192:30-7:30 PM

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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

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

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