Please note that due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Poetry Café is currently closed. The Poetry Society team is still working from home and that we only have access to one phone line currently. Please email us where possible. Our apologies for any delays and difficulties.
Launch your book, play a gig or host a meeting at The Poetry Café: our spaces are available for both public and private event hire, with discounted rates for Poetry Society members.
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, accessible toilet and a hearing induction loop.
- Catering: Our regular menu of food, snacks and drinks is always on offer and we can arrange speciality catering for you
- Free wifi
The Studio is on the first floor of The Poetry Society’s main offices, and is suitable for meetings and workshops. The studio is only available for hire outside of office hours.
- Capacity Boardroom Style: 15
- Accessibility: The Studio is up a flight of 12 stairs, and there is no lift to this floor.
Full venue (basement and café) for private events
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. 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|
|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|
|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|
Studio hire rates
£24 per hour fixed rate
To discuss a booking, please email [email protected] or call 020 7420 9887.
The Poetry Café is a popular space so please contact us to arrange the booking for your event in plenty of time.
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