John Lyon's Theatre

Newly refurbished, the John Lyon’s Theatre is a modern space, available for a wide range of corporate and private events or theatre productions located in the heart of London, between Covent Garden and Holborn. 

The theatre has undergone a major refit and refurbishment allowing us to inspire and showcase the work of our talented students. It now provides up-to-date technology, enhancing the audience experience and creating a versatile space that can be used for theatre, dance, music and lectures. It also provides a state-of-the art venue for our growing programme of events supporting our social agenda, including community events, which we are also able to offer for venue hire.


Venue hire at City Lit


John Lyon's Theatre

Suitable for seating up to 100 people theatre style or 80 people cabaret style, our multifaceted theatre with retractable seats is the ideal space for product launches, AGMs, company presentations, concerts, theatre productions, award ceremonies and lectures. It includes full audio visual options, blackout facilities and a box office. The theatre is available for private hire during the day or evening on a day/half day rate. 

Our on-site caterers can assist with all of your catering requirements whatever the occasion, providing the perfect location for your guests to relax and network. 

'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 



City Lit also has a vast range of over 60 classrooms that can be set-up as meeting, training or seminar rooms which are available for hire at day/half day rates.

Room capacities range from 12-50 depending on set-up style. The rooms are equipped with IT, audio and visual equipment and are ideal for small groups, meetings and seminars.

To make an equiry please complete the details on the enquiry form below or get in touch directly: or call 020 7492 2615.

Venue Hire Enquiry Form 


‘The theatre is a beautiful space in a great location and was perfect for the four very different theatre companies that FeSTeLõn had over from Spain. Our audience, volunteers and the actors loved the front of house space, the auditorium, backstage, and the cafe too. 2017 was FeSTeLõn's first year at John Lyon's Theatre, City Lit and we're sure it won't be its last!’ Marivi Rodriguez-Quinones, Founder and Director of FeSTeLõn, Festival of Spanish Theatre of London

‘It was lovely to organise the event at your college and everything was perfectly arranged – thank you very much!’ Riikka Vihriälä, Projects Manager, Association of Colleges


Sponsor a seat in the John Lyon’s Theatre

During the course of our long history, City Lit has become an integral part of creative industries in London and our influence is felt across the globe, through our teaching and the work of our students. Our Performing and Visual Arts students have graced our screens, appeared on stage and can be heard through the airwaves. Key to their experience has been the John Lyon’s Theatre, a studio theatre at the heart of the college. 

Originally built with funds from its name sake, the John Lyon’s Charity, the theatre has undergone a major refit and refurbishment and now provides up-to-date technology, enhancing the audience experience and creating a versatile space that can be used for theatre, dance, music and lectures. 

To celebrate the opening of the newly refurbished space, we are pleased to announce our Seat Sponsorship Programme.  By naming a seat in the John Lyon’s Theatre, you will be contributing to the success of City Lit’s students and become an acknowledged supporter of the arts in London along with City Lit Fellows including theatre director Sir Jonathan Miller and actress Gillian Anderson

Sponsoring a seat in the new John Lyon’s Theatre for five years costs £500 and includes your own seat which will carry a plaque with your name or message on it. You will receive exclusive invitations and priority booking to all events held in the John Lyon’s Theatre.


Contact Us

To discuss booking the theatre, a classroom or seat sponsorship please contact or call 020 7492 2615.


Download the John Lyon's Theatre brochure