The Poetry Café

A quiet Covent Garden cafe cherished for its relaxed atmosphere and space to breathe, in Central London. 

Throughout the day and evening we serve a range of loose-leaf teas, gourmet fairtrade coffees from Honest Coffee Co, and unique beverages. On offer are vegetarian soups and stews, as well as cakes and flapjacks. In the evening the atmosphere is busy and vibrant with poetry readings, slams, music, or book launches happening nearly every night.

We have stellar events ranging from weekly to occasional or one-off. For newcomers, or those wishing to read, Poetry Unplugged is London’s premier open mic session where people who have never read a poem in public can do so for the first time, or experienced poets can try out something new.

Whether you are working on a new piece of poetry or art, need space to read, study, or connect, we hope you enjoy your time at The Poetry Café. Please direct all enquiries and feedback to The Poetry Café.

Opening times

Monday – Friday: 11am – 11pm
Saturday: 7pm – 11pm
Closed Sunday, and occasionally for private hire – please check our What’s On section before you visit.

The Poetry Café (The Poetry Place)
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7420 9888