London Now

A festival of art and literature

  • Event date 6 June - 15 July
  • Event location London

London has been a global hub of arts and culture for centuries — the setting and inspiration for celebrated works of literature, drama and art, and home to artists and writers from around the world. This June and July, Christie’s invites you to revisit the city with London Now, an innovative summer season of exhibitions, events and auctions celebrating the capital’s unique identity and vibrant diversity at our headquarters in the historic district of St. James’s. 


Headlining the festival is The Art of Literature, our dedicated series of events exploring the relationship between art and literature. The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition (6–16 June), an immersive showcase of the top lots from our summer auction season with fashion by Molly Goddard, and The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition (6 June – 14 July), will unite works of art with the novels, poetry, drama and stories which have inspired them, and which they, in turn, have inspired. Curated by Christie’s next generation of specialists, the exhibitions will seek to forge new narratives and provoke discussion about the links between the literary and the visual arts. 


Alongside The Art of Literature exhibitions, we’re delighted to partner with English PEN, one of the world’s first human rights organisations, for a landmark online philanthropic literary auction with bidding open from 28 June to 12 July. First Editions, Second Thoughts will bring together works by over 80 leading authors and artists of our time including Margaret Atwood, Bernardine Evaristo and Salman Rushdie, each an extraordinary testament to the power of writing. 


The London Now festival will encompass our major auction series of 20th/21st Century Art and Classic Week. The full programme of auctions, exhibitions and events will be announced in the coming weeks. Don’t miss this exciting moment in the international arts and culture calendar — sign up to receive the latest updates on London Now.


London Now

Auctions and exhibitions

The Art of Literature Loan and Selling Exhibition

6 June - 14 July | Selling Exhibition

The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition

First Editions, Second Thoughts

28 June – 12 July | Online Auction

First Editions, Second Thoughts: An Auction in Support of English PEN

Visit our exhibition

London Now | Exhibitions

On view | Christie’s London

Join us and uncover the inspirations behind the great works of art and literature through the centuries — entry is free and open to all.

On view
◆ Art of Literature Auction Highlights Exhibition (6–16 June)
◆ Art of Literature Loan and Selling Exhibition (6 June – 14 July)
◆ First Editions, Second Thoughts: An Auction in Support of English PEN (a selection of lots will be on view from 6–16 June within The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition. A full exhibition of all lots will be on show from 9–12 July)

8 King Street
London SW1Y 6QT

Viewing times
Weekdays, 9am – 5pm
Weekends, 12pm – 5pm

*Closed 18 and 19 June
*Extended viewing until 8pm on 4 and 11 July


Explore the programme

London Now

Christie’s Lates: The Art of Literature
London, 8 June, 6pm – 9pm

Join us after hours for an evening of exhibition tours, art talks and a full lineup of poetry performances, calligraphy workshops and more.

English PEN lectures series | John le Carré: The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
London, 11 June, 10:30am
Streamed online via Zoom

Nick Cornwell discusses his late father John le Carré’s life, legacy, and his annotations in his revolutionary espionage novel The Spy Who Came in from the Cold with journalist, author, and filmmaker, Afua Hirsch.

Christie’s Education virtual lecture | Artists and Poetry
12 June, 10am
Online only

Art historian, author, lecturer and education Ben Street presents a virtual lecture on artists and poetry — the visual interactions in works by Sonia Delaunay, Robert Rauschenberg, Joan Mitchell and Philip Guston.

English PEN lectures series | First Editions, Second Thoughts
London, 3 July, 10:30am
Streamed online via Zoom

Writers return to their work and record their thoughts by hand in a First Edition. Anne Enright (The Green Road), Jung Chang (Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China), David Nicholls (One Day), Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet) and Tracy Chevalier (Girl With a Pearl Earring) discuss their second thoughts.

English PEN lecture series | Philippe Sands – East West Street: Lviv 1945/2022
London, 9 July, 10:30am
Streamed online via Zoom

Human rights lawyer and President of English PEN Philippe Sands reflects on past and current events in Ukraine, free expression and writing, in his own work and across the world.

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