• Ambassador Lecture Series - Ms Melinda Simmons, Thu 18 Feb 2021, 13:00-14:00, Online

    Join us for the next in our 'Ambassadors Lecture Series' with an online lunchtime talk from Ms Melinda Simmons, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine.

  • City Lit Perspectives - Sir Vince Cable, Tues 2 Feb 2021, 19:00-20:00 Online

    City Lit Fellow, Sir Vince Cable and City Lit CEO and Principal Mark Malcomson CBE to discuss his new book 'Money and Power - The World Leaders who Changed Economics'. Tickets: £20 (including signed book), £5 (General Admission), Free (Unwaged).

  • Deaf Mosaic by Photography student Stephen Iliffe, live Wed 2 December

    The deaf community is an astonishingly diverse mosaic of ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and different ways of life. In a series of intimate photographic portraits and stories, City Lit photography student Stephen Iliffe celebrates this rainbow-coloured mosaic with his online gallery.

  • Celebrate The Voice, Sat 5 December, 13:00-16:00

    This 3 hour online workshop for the Global Stuttering Communit will teach the art of beatboxing and explore ways to raise self-esteem, increase employability and be happy & successful as someone that stutters. In collaboration with charity 'Stop Holding Back' and the 'School of Beatbox'.

  • Between the Lines, Fri 4 December, 18:00

    Join us for the launch of this year's anthology by creative writing students at City Lit!Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year we'll be hosting a virtual launch for our anthology. All are welcome to attend. The E-book version of this year’s anthology will be made available beforehand

  • I Made This For You, 4-5 December 2020

    The City Lit Theatre Company presents an online adaptation of Cristian Solimeno's highly acclaimed film I Made This For You. Directed by Gary Grant, who starred in the original film and especially adapted for City Lit, this searingly honest play tackles mental health and depression head on.

  • In conversation: Professor Dame Mary Beard, Zoom recording

    Recording of 'In Celebration of Lifelong Learning Week, a Special City Lit Perspectives: How Classical Cultures Speak to us Today with Professor Dame Mary Beard'. Hosted by Mark Malcomson CBE, Principal and CEO of City Lit.

  • 'A Tempo' - an exhibition presented by Tenfold Art, online gallery

    As a result of their Developing Art Practice course 2019-20, students have created an artist group, called 'Tenfold'. Tenfold present their first online group show, created in response to the notion of a ‘return to the previous rhythm’ following the UK lockdown.

  • Mental Wealth Festival 2020, Panel discussion recordings

    The festival ran online from 5-10 October 2020, you can catch up on the panel discussions that took place each day that focused on the journey of recovery, resilience and healing, sharing tools and strategies to support this.

  • City Lit Fine Art Exhibition 2020, July, Online gallery

    Students and staff from City Lit Fine Art Year 2 are delighted to present their online exhibition 2020 including work made in the studio and at home under the challenging conditions we now find ourselves in. 

  • Piano Repertoire Performance, July 2020, Video

    Our Piano Repertoire students, coached by Petros Moschos, were due to perform their fourth recital at The Foundling Museum this month so instead they and The Foundling Museum have put together a fantastic video to share their performances with you.

  • Made Possible with Saba Salman, Zoom recording

    Stories of inspiration from the learning disabilities community. An in conversation with Saba Salman, journalist and author, and Dan Pepper, Paralympian. A free lecture for the City Lit community.  

  • A discussion with Ruby Wax, Zoom recording

    City Lit Fellow and mental health campaigner, Ruby Wax OBE joined Mark Malcomson CBE, City Lit Principal to discuss mental health and coping strategies during Covid-19. Re-watch the discussion via Youtube.

  • Art by Adults with Learning Disabilities, Online gallery

    City Lit Gallery is pleased to present work created by adults with learning disabilities who study at City Lit. Congratulations to each student who has contributed to the exhibition.

  • The Economy after Covid-19: Recovery or Intensive Care? Zoom recording

    City Lit Fellow Sir Vince Cable, economist, author, former Leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, and former cabinet minister joins Mark Malcomson CBE, City Lit Principal and CEO to discuss the impact of Coronavirus on the economy. 

  • The John Lyon's Theatre

    As well as showcasing the work of our talented students, The John Lyon's Theatre is hired by some fantastic organisations including ITV Studios, London Short Series Festival, FeSTeLõn Festival of Spanish Theatre of London and Deafinitley Theatre. Find out what's coming up.

Our centenary 2019

Events at City Lit


City Lit is much more than just an educational venue. Our events programme provides a wealth of cultural experience and entertainment. From showcasing the talents and achievements of those who have studied with us, to offering taster workshops for you to come along and try something new. 

Throughout the year we host a programme of visual arts exhibitions, drama productions, musical performances, book launches, creative writing performances, stand-up comedy, festivals, talks, lectures and much more...

Our events are held both here in Covent Garden, and offsite in locations all across the city. Our partnerships with iconic institutes allow us to immerse ourselves in these new areas, from The National Gallery to The British Museum, and a whole host of art galleries. 


Venue hire

City Lit also offer flexible venue hire in the heart of London.  We have the newly refurbished John Lyon’s Theatre and over 60 classrooms of differing sizes, all available to hire out on a day/half day basis. With great on-site facilities and versatile spaces on offer, City Lit is an ideal venue choice for not only attending an event but to host your own events too. 

'The weekend went really well, tech was fantastic and the whole event went very smoothly. The space was fantastic, it’s a brilliant little theatre and was just perfect for everything we needed. The location is also great!'
Ian Street, Project Manager from Deafinitely Theatre

For more information please complete the venue hire form  or email

John Lyon's Theatre brochure