• 100 things to do for free

    To say thank you to Londoners for a century of support we have free places on several events throught the year. Join us to celebrate our diverse community of students, staff and partners.

  • Centenary events 2019

    September 2019 marks 100 years since City Lit opened its doors, to celebrate we're hosting a special programme of events in 2018 and 2019. Events by City Lit's subject areas will also be announced soon.

  • Concerts and recitals - Spring 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.

  • 'Us as Nature' - a talk by Japanese artist, Misa Gott - Wednesday 20 March 2019

    Misa Gott is a Japanese artist printmaker who produces intricate images by cutting and layering monotype prints. Learn how she draws on her cultural heritage to create her inspiring work. After the talk, there will be the chance to ask Misa questions about her work and influences.

  • Late Lines - Wednesday 27 March 2019

    Save the date for our next installment of Late Lines, a night of spoken word featuring City Lit writers and special guests performing a mix of poetry and prose. More info coming soon. Tickets £3, book via Eventbrite.

  • CLFAD19100 - Art Foundation Show 2019 - 27-30 March 2019

    A free exhibition, showcasing work by emerging artists, designers and makers as they conclude their year of intensive creative study on the City Lit Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

  • City Lit Perspectives presents Professor Ian Morris of Stanford University - 29 March 2019

    City Lit Perspectives presents fresh ideas on the issues that matter. In our launch event during our entenary year, Professor Ian Morris of Stanford University discusses Fog in the Channel: Britain, Europe and the wider world since 6000 BC.

  • The Laramie Project - 4-6 April 2019

    In 1998, 21 year old Matthew Shepard was murdered for being gay. This moving play revisits the reaction to Matthew’s horrific homophobic attack and reveals how it precipitated the American campaign for legislation against gay hate crimes.

  • Deaf Day - Saturday 27 April 2019

    Deaf Day has become one of the biggest events in the deaf community calendar with deaf, hard-of-hearing and hearing people of every age from across the UK coming to City Lit to socialise and celebrate deaf issues...


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