• Mental Wealth Festival, 5-10 October 2020

    Online from 5-10 October 2020, the theme for this year is Recovery and will offer inspiring discussions, debates and interactive workshops focusing on the journey of recovery, resilience and healing, sharing tools and strategies to support this.

  • Flicks Film Festival 2020, Thursday 13 August 2020, Online

    We’re proud to announce the 8th year of the City Lit Flicks Annual Film festival, this year from the comfort of your home! Featuring a mix of documentary, narrative, experimental and just plain fun films and animations.

  • 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. 

  • Extended Drawing for Artists & Makers Show 2020, July Online gallery

    Congratulations to students who have completed the Extended Drawing for Artists & Makers course this year, their online Private View was a great success and they have an online gallery to share their work with you.

  • 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, Wed 15 July 12:00-13:00, 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. 

  • City Lit Ceramics Exhibition, Online gallery

    City Lit Gallery is pleased to present, albeit in virtual form, the work of 12 emerging ceramicists to celebrate the achievements of these learners by sharing images of their final pieces.

  • 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