• Concerts and recitals - Autumn 2019

    Enjoy a lunchtime or evening performance; clarinet, piano, singing, flute, opera or violin. All concerts are open to the public, and free unless otherwise indicated.

  • This Play Will Solve Climate Change, 14-15 Dec 2019

    Funny, challenging, heart-breaking and hopeful, 'This Play Will Solve Climate Change' explores what it is to be human in today’s changing global environment. Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 December, John Lyons Theatre.

  • 100 minutes of film & animation, 16 Dec 2019 - 31 Jan 2020

    The next exhibition in the City Lit Gallery shows 100 minutes of film and animation created by City Lit students past and present. Opening reception, Mon 16 December. Show open until Fri 31 January 2020.

  • Psyched! The origin of lust, 13 Feb 2020

    Listen to our panel of science experts to learn about how lust causes physiological and cognitive changes in people. Join in the discussion and participate in fun activities that demonstrate the differences between lust and love.

  • Classics Day, 29 February 2020

    City Lit, the British Museum and UCL present Classics Day exploring the interpretations and reinterpretations of Troy, through archaeology, literature and art. Why and how has Troy, legends, heroes and myths, been of such enduring resonance through the ages? 

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