• Concerts and recitals - Summer 2018

    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.

  • City Lit Art School - Summer Shows 2018

    City Lit Art School showcases work by artists and makers in animation, drawing, jewellery, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles both on site at City Lit and external galleries and exhibition spaces across the capital. 

  • 'Her Naked Skin' - 5-7 July 2018

    City Lit Theatre Company presents 'Her Naked Skin', Written by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. Directed by Petina Hapgood. Set against the suffragette movement in 1913 exploring themes of class and sexuality.


  • City Lit Opera School performance - 10-11 July 2018

    Join the City Lit Opera School for 'Gluck’s Orfeo', the classical legend of the redemptive power of love and of music plus 'Gian Carlo Menotti’s' modern morality tale, 'The Old Maid and the Thief'.

  • Late Lines - Wednesday 8 August 2018

    Join us at the Star of Kings Pub, 19:00-21:00, for Late Lines, our regular night of spoken word featuring City Lit writers and special guests performing a mix of poetry and prose.

  • Open Days - 7-8 September 2018

    Join us for another round of taster courses and workshops, curious courses, building tours and chat informally with subject specialists - bookings available late July 2018.

  • Mental Wealth Festival 2018 - 10-11 September 2018

    Save the date for our annual Mental Wealth Festival. A two day event of talks, debates and workshops sharing knowledge and good practice to focus mental health and wellbeing. 

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