The Poetry Café

A place to create and connect

The Poetry Café is both an independent vegetarian café and a buzzing performance venue, a quiet place to write and a spot-lit place to perform. The Poetry Society’s home in the heart of Covent Garden, London, The Poetry Café welcomes visitors, locals, tourists, poetry lovers and all those in search of a great cup of coffee or tea. 

During the day we offer delicious light veggie lunches, vegan cakes and flapjacks, with a range of loose-leaf tea, Redemption Roasters coffee and artisanal soft drinks.

At night, enlivened by our bar, the atmosphere bustles with the poetry readings, book launches, music gigs and other events which take place nearly every evening. Food is available in the evening too: show up hungry, and we’ll take care of you.

The Poetry Society programmes its own events here, and we also host a glorious range of regular and special events from our partner promoters.

Bring your novels, your notebooks and your friends: The Poetry Café is a place to create and connect, and we look forward to welcoming you.

Opening Hours

Monday: 11am – 10pm

Tuesday: 11am – 11pm

Wednesday: 11am – 10pm

Thursday: 11am – 10pm

Friday: 11am – 10pm

Saturday: 11am – 10pm

Sunday: Closed

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