The Poetry Café

The Poetry Café is excited to reopen this June! Our space has undergone substantial refurbishment to the public spaces improving access, capacity and overall enjoyment. This work has been happening alongside essential work to the rest of the building and offices above and it’s nearly complete. Find out more about the café closure by reading the news post.

Support The Poetry Café’s refurbishment

The Poetry Society has big plans for The Poetry Café and we’d like to invite you to support the project. The refurbishment works will update and improve access, increase the capacity, provide new heating and ventilation, and acoustically separate the basement venue from the Café ground floor. Every aspect of the visitor experience will be improved, providing a home for poetry for years to come. Would you like to support the project? Here’s how you do it. All donations, however small, are very gratefully received. 

Normally, we are a quiet Covent Garden café 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

Café CLOSED from 1 September until June 2017. Find out more.

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