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Great introductory course into the world of radio presenting

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With over 5,000 courses in one place, City Lit really is where London learns. Based in Covent Garden, whatever you want to learn, you’ll find it here. With everything from history to health, physics to photography, City Lit specialises in short courses in a number of different subjects. With evening, daytime and weekend courses on offer, taught by specialist tutors, most of whom are working or have previously worked in the field, it’s clear to see why so many Londoners choose City Lit every year. With the tag-line ‘goodbye boring, hello interesting’, take the leap and learn something new!


With over 5,000 daytime, evening and weekend courses, City Lit is London’s top destination for short courses.

Choose from art, photography, languages, computing, creative writing, music, drama, wellbeing and much more. Enjoy a fun taster session or workshop, develop your skills on a longer course or gain a qualification - whatever you're looking for you’ll find an affordable course that fits around your schedule.

Rated ‘Good with Outstanding Features’ by Ofsted, our tutors are specialists in their area who love sharing their expertise. Our course reviews also confirm that 98% of students rate us as excellent, good or very good.

Latest news

  • Our new course guide, featuring hundreds of courses is now available. More info.
  • City Lit Principal Mark Malcomson has been awarded a CBE in the New Year's Honour List 2017. More info
  • Congratulations to our three new City Lit Lifetime Fellows: Ruby Wax OBE, Nick Boles MP and Sir Antony Gormley OBE. More info.

Take a look at our blog for upcoming events, features and tips from our City Lit tutors and the latest news...


  • 56 modern teaching rooms and 8 tutorial rooms with interactive whiteboards at our main building on Keeley Street
  • Art, drama, music, photography, fitness and complementary therapies courses are run in specialist studios
  • Student Centre and Library 
  • The Lunch Room Café
  • Jonh Lyon's Theatre and music performance spaces
  • Student lounges and roof-top garden
  • Free Wi-fi 
  • Shower facilities and lockers
  • Advice from the Careers Service and course Information available in advice centre

We also deliver courses at EC and the Fashion Retail Academy (FRA). For more info visit our website.


First established in 1919, we opened our £21m purpose-built centre in Keeley Street, Covent Garden in 2005.

Our West End location makes City Lit a unique place to learn and provides some of the best adult education facilities in the United Kingdom. The building is also 100% accessible for people with disabilities.

We also deliver courses at EC and the Fashion Retail Academy (FRA). Go to our website for more info.

For more information about access arrangements, please click here.

Student story

Martin - "I'm now a full time photographer, thanks to City Lit"

“I only wanted to learn how to use my camera, but I discovered a new passion in the creative arts which I never realised I had.

At City Lit I discovered pretty soon that this was what I wanted to do as a career. I went on to do lots of photography courses such as photographing people, studio lighting, Photoshop and more.

I’ve had lots of fun, and met loads of cool people. When I have a camera in my hand, I view the world differently and have discovered a part of me that I never realised I had inside.” 

Visit our website to read more student stories.

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Fees & funding

Our courses are very affordable. As we receive Government funding, we offer courses at low prices. 

A one-off session or taster class can start from just £10. You may also be entitled to a senior or concessionary fee depending on your circumstances. You may also be able to pay for your course in interest-free instalments. 

For more information about paying for your course, please visit our website.


How to enrol

You can book your City Lit course online via our website.

You can also enrol via email, via post, on the phone or in person using our enrolment counter service. 

For more information about booking onto your course, click here.

Our courses fill up quickly, so book early to secure your place. 


Where you'll learn

Addresses for City Lit

City Lit 1-10 Keeley Street London LONDON CAMDEN WC2B 4BA Show on map
City Lit Photography Studio 9 Kean Street London LONDON CAMDEN WC2B 4AY Show on map
EC Euston Euston House London LONDON CAMDEN NW1 1AD Show on map


Great introductory course into the world of radio presenting

Radio presenting: beginners


by Safeera - January 2018

I spent a lot of time deciding where to take a radio presenting course and was no disappointed with the beginners...

Apalling service in library

ITQ Level 3 ECDL: advanced fast-track


by Juan - February 2017

I have been going to City Lit for 10+ years for different courses, either about personal development or fitness (yoga,...

Patronising Tutor

Novel writing


by EV - September 2016

It was alright. I learned some useful "facts and figures". Unfortunately I found the tutor very patronising. He seemed...

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