The Poetry Café

Dear Poetry Café visitor,

Sadly, The Poetry Cafe is temporarily closed due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, but watch this space for digital events and news featuring some of our regular nights!
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Thank you,

The Poetry Café


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.

Usual Opening Hours (currently closed)
Monday: 11am – 10pm
Tuesday: 11am – 11pm
Wednesday: 11am – 10pm
Thursday: 11am – 10pm
Friday: 11am – 10pm
Saturday: 11am – 10pm
Sunday: Closed

22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 020 7420 9800

Please note that The Poetry Society team is currently working from home and during this time only has access to one phone line. Please email where possible. Our apologies for any delays and difficulties.