Hire The Poetry Café

Launch your book, play a gig, book a breakfast meeting, run a rehearsal or host your poetry reading at The Poetry Café: our spaces are available for both public and private event hire, with discounted rates for Poetry Society members. Our recent renovations have improved our soundproofing, air conditioning, lighting and access.

 

Basement Specifications

Underneath the Café is our versatile performance, workshop and meeting space.

Capacity Theatre Style: 52 seated + 8 standing

Chairs & Tables: stackable chairs, big and a few small tables

AV Equipment available: PA and projector (to connect to hirer’s own laptop via HMDI port) Images or video is projected directly onto our white wall

Accessibility: we have disabled access via a lift, disables toiled and a hearing induction loop. Please contact us with any question

Catering: our regular menu of food, snacks and drinks is always on offer and we can arrange speciality catering for you

Free wifi

 

Studio Specifications

The Studio is on the first floor of The Poetry Society’s main offices, and is suitable for meetings and workshops. Please contact us for a visit in advance of your booking.

Capacity Boardroom Style: 15
Accessibility: the Studio is up a flight of 12 stairs, and there is no lift to this floor.

 

The Café

Our ground-floor, street-facing Café is a light-filled space, with changing art exhibitions on the walls. During public opening hours, you are always welcome to sit at our tables for a small meeting. The Café usually remains open to the public when there are events taking place in the Basement, but if you would like to arrange a private hire of the entire space – upstairs and downstairs together – please contact us. 

Hiring entire venue (basement and Café) for private events – please contact The Poetry Café management team to discuss details. We are always happy to cater to bespoke bookings.

A member of staff to manage the bar / cafe is included in the hire fee, but you will need to arrange box office and front-of-house management yourself.

Please note our licence will not allow us to serve alcohol or remain open after 11pm.

 

Non Poetry Society Members
  Private Event      (non-mission) Public Event         (non-mission) Private Event (mission) Public event       (mission)
Mon-Thu Daytime (per hour) Basement £30 £27 £27 £24
Mon-Thu Daytime  (part day) Full Venue £200 £180 £180 £160
Mon-Thu Evening    (part day) Basement £200 £180 £180 £160
Mon-Thu Evening     (part day) Full Venue £400 £360 £360 £320
Fri Evening and Sat     (part day) Basement £300 £270 £270 £240
Fri Evening and Sat     (part day) Full Venue £600 £540 £540 £480
 

Poetry Society Members

  Private Event      (non-mission) Public Event         (non-mission) Private Event (mission) Public event       (mission)
Mon-Thu Daytime (per hour) Basement £24 £22 £22 £16
Mon-Thu Daytime (part day) Full Venue £160 £144 £144 £106
Mon-Thu Evening     (part day) Basement £160 £144 £144 £106
Mon-Thu Evening     (part day) Full Venue £320 £288 £288 £211
Fri Evening and Sat (part day) Basement £240 £216 £216 £158
Fri Evening and Sat (part day) Full Venue £480 £432 £432 £317

 

Booking the space:

We always aim to support the wider poetry community as best as possible and work within the budgets of publicly funded and low-income groups. Should you wish to approach us about a collaboration or to discuss fees, please email The Poetry Cafe management team  [email protected] 

 

Contact Us

To discuss a booking, please email [email protected] or call 020 7420 9887. We encourage you to visit the space before you make a booking so you can check it’s the right fit for your event.

The Poetry Café is a popular space so please contact us to arrange the booking for your event in plenty of time. We can arrange flexible bookings, and will do our best to accommodate your needs.

It’s easy to become a member and receive the discounted perks – just visit our membership page.

 

 

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