The Poetry Cafe

 
 
ADDRESS
22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX 
 
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OPENING TIMES
Mon to Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 6.30pm-11pm
 

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The Poetry CafeThe Poetry Cafe is a friendly cafe/bar/restaurant with live poetry performances. Quaff coffee in the company of artists, lyricists, poets and performers as the delicate strains of sonnets and similes, quatrains and couplets, ballads and blank verses float through the air. Hidden away on an unassuming Covent Garden side street, this cosy hideaway offers customers a gentle introduction to poetry combined with a tasty, warming afternoon tea. Toast, cakes and a selection of leaf and herbal infusions can be munched on in a delightful atmosphere of unassuming creativity. Managed by the Poetry Society, this cafe/bar/restaurant also doubles up as a performance space with a varied programme that includes the odd floor-spot - so if you're feeling inspired by your cup of Darjeeling to pen an ode to 'Tea' this is the place to recite it. On Saturday evenings they hold a regular event in the Cellar highlighting the best in poetry and performance so why not follow-up afternoon tea with some of their excellent vegetarian food and then an hour or so discovering the best new and existing talent on the scene. A warm and welcoming, funky and friendly environment this isn't one of those exclusive, high-brow joints. You don't need to be a poet or even a liker of poetry to appreciate its charm - come and read the paper, contemplate life or simply sit back and sup - but here's betting you'll be writing sonnets before the teapot's dry.

Best for:
Cosy hideaway, poetry, papers and performances, tea and toast.

 

The Poetry Cafe events

 
Digressions -Philippa TroutmanDigressions -Philippa Troutman1st September 2014Saturday 4th October 2014 Where:
The Poetry Cafe, 22  Betterton Street      WC2H 9BX
Category: event
Free EventOn Soon
Digressions -Philippa Troutman
event > Exhibitions > Art exhibitions - Illustration & Drawing | PRICING  Free  
DATES  1st September to 4th October 2014
Look I Made A Book: With John HegleyLook I Made A Book: With John HegleyJoin poet John Hegley for a family workshop of poetry, music, stories and lo-fi bookbinding.28th October 2014Tuesday 28th October 2014 Where:
The Poetry Cafe, 22  Betterton Street      WC2H 9BX
Category: event
 
Look I Made A Book: With John Hegley
event > Exhibitions > Lifestyle - Workshops
DATES  Tuesday 28th October 2014 - 10am-11.30am
Join poet John Hegley for a family workshop of poetry, music, stories and lo-fi bookbinding.
 

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Opening and closing times for The Poetry Cafe

Today (Sunday) The Poetry Cafe is closed.

Monday:

12.00
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23.00
 
 

Tuesday:

12.00
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23.00
 
 

Wednesday:

12.00
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23.00
 
 

Thursday:

12.00
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Friday:

12.00
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Saturday:

19.00
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Sunday:

Closed
 
 

LondonTown.com - The Poetry Cafe Location Map

 
 
 
Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Holborn Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
10 minutes walk
 
City Thameslink Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Drury Lane NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
Holborn NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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Hotels near The Poetry Cafe

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Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £93  23% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 3 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
In the middle of Covent Garden, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street (formally the Mountbatten) is perfect for those wanting to be in the heart of ... More
 
 
 
Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £76  29% off
Bloomsbury Way, WC1A | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Set in the heart of the West End, Thistle Holborn - The Kingsley is well positioned with the British Museum very close by and the entertainments ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £84  33% off
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Near to the British Museum, this Edwardian hotel is something of a Bloomsbury landmark. Relaunched in January 2009 following a '25million makeover, each of the 174 ... More
 
 
 
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Alternative Cafes and Delis nearest The Poetry Cafe

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Le Pain Quotidien
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
174 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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Caffe Nero
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
83/84 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Nero is probably the best of the Capital’s coffee shop chains. Offers a wide range of authentic Italian coffee in a pleasant relaxed environment. Snacks include ... More
 
 
 
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Pret A Manger
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
65 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Pret sells up market fast food, hand made from natural ingredients, to take away or eat on site, in its trademark no nonsense chrome interiors. The ... More
 
 
 
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Dining near The Poetry Cafe

Near The Poetry Cafe
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Kulu Kulu
London > Restaurants > Japanese restaurants
51-53 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
Kulu Kulu is a good example of a typical sushi bar, a great place to go for sushi whether you’re a novice or an experienced fan. ... More
 
 
 
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The 10 Cases
London > Restaurants >
16 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
Ian Campbell and Will Palmer's first restaurant venture comes to London in the shape of The 10 Cases, a bistro in Covent Garden. Set out over ... More
 
 
 
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Scoop
London > Restaurants > Ice Cream Parlour
40 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
If you've ever walked across the Piazza del Duomo in Milan you'll know that Italian 'gelato' is part of the culture. Here Matteo and his friends ... More
 
 
 
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War Horse
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 28th March 2009 to 14th February 2015
New London Theatre, Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New London Theatre after two critically acclaimed ...More
 
 
 
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Urinetown The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 29th September 2014 to 24th January 2015
Apollo Theatre, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, Westminster, London W1D | 9 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
After a hugely successful run at the St James Theatre at the beginning of 2014 Urinetown moves to the Apollo Theatre on 29th September 2014 making ...More
 
 
 
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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 20th December 2014 to 9th May 2015
Playhouse Theatre, Northumberland Avenue, WC2N | 11 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Olivier-Award winner Tamsin Greig (Episodes, Green Wing, Jumpy, God of Carnage), who made her name as Debbie Aldridge in Radio 4's The Archers, makes her musical ...More
 
 
 
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The Hospital Club
London > Entertainment > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
Before it was a hip private members' club designed specifically for the creative industries - complete with bar and dining rooms, cinema, TV and recording studios ... More
 
 
 
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Top Secret Comedy Club @ The Africa Centre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
This new Covent Garden alternative to the West End tourist traps has welcomed the likes of filthy San Franciscan Scott Capurro and TV favourite Andi Osho. ... More
 
 
 
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New London Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
Although this site has been an entertainment venue since at least the mid-19th century, the New London Theatre only opened its doors in 1973, making it ... More
 
 
 
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Sights and Attractions near The Poetry Cafe

The best museums, galleries, attractions near The Poetry Cafe
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Elms Lesters Painting Rooms
London > Attractions > Art Galleries
135 Flitcroft Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms are housed in an extraordinary space, purpose built as a painting studio in 1904. Since 1984 the gallery has been specialising in ... More
 
 
 
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The Cartoon Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
London > Attractions > Museums
45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
The London Film Museum, located on the site of the Theatre Museum in the original Flower Cellars in the heart of Covent Garden, is the second ... More
 
 
 
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Shopping near The Poetry Cafe

The best shops and markets near The Poetry Cafe
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Blackout II
London > Shopping > Clothing
51 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
Blackout II is one of London's premier stores for all vintage clothing and accessories. Two floors of stylish and fun period clothing and accessories for men ... More
 
 
 
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Aveda
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
174-177 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
Environmentally conscious hair and make-up brand with 'lifestyle' stores like this one in High Holborn - where there's even a herb garden on the roof terrace. ... More
 
 
 
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Birkenstock
London > Shopping > Shoes
70 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Every summer, the London streets are ablaze with a rich array of sandals and flip-flops. Clumpy, frumpy and built for comfort, Birckenstock footwear has become fashionable ... More
 
 
 
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Education near The Poetry Cafe

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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 8 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS)
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H | 11 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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Leisure near The Poetry Cafe

The Poetry Cafe gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
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Thai Square Spa
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Let the Thai Square Spa transport you to the shores of Asia with their traditional Thai spa treatment rooms, smack bang in the centre of Covent ... More
 
 
 
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The Sanctuary
London > Leisure > Fitness
12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
This day spa exclusively for women is a total pampering experience from the minute you step through the door. Located in bustling Covent Garden you'll soon ... More
 
 
 
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Phoenix Garden
London > Leisure > Parks and Gardens
21 Stacey Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
In the shadow of both Centrepoint and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church, hidden from most tourists and residents alike, lies this beautiful West End garden. Originally a car ... More
 
 
 
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Pubs near The Poetry Cafe

The best pubs near London The Poetry Cafe.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, WC2B | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Princess Louise
London > Nightlife > Pubs
208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
The flagship London pub of Yorkshire's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, the Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout complete with snugs, removed ... More
 
 
 
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Nightlife near The Poetry Cafe

The Poetry Cafe clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Lowlander Beer Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
The reputation of the Benelux breweries precedes them and this themed bar captures the flair of Dutch cafe culture too. The impressive row of shiny silver ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The American Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
During The Savoy's £220million refit the American Bar was barely touched, ensuring it stayed true to its traditional, sleek design that is synonymous with the iconic ... More
 
 
 
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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, WC2R | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
The second of two bars in The Savoy, the Beaufort Bar is a glamorous affair. The bar continues the hotel's Art Deco theme with plush black ... More
 
 
 
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Meeting venue hire near The Poetry Cafe

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near The Poetry Cafe.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 5 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
 
 
 
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British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 6 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
 
 
 
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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
 

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Sunday at Guanabara
Concerts | On 31st August 2014 

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Forro Do Guanabara and Zue Azevedo supply Latin and dance....More

The Elephantom
The Elephantom
Theatre | Until 6th September 2014 

New London Theatre 1 minute walk from The Poetry Cafe

A tale of a little girl and her ghost-elephant friend, The Elephantom by Ross Collins is a charming family tale. ...More

 
War Horse
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Theatre | Until 14th February 2015 

New London Theatre 1 minute walk from The Poetry Cafe

This moving adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's World War I epic War Horse gets a West End transfer to the New ...More

 
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
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Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 2 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

A new piece of artwork by Yinka Shonibare will be displayed on the exterior of the Royal Opera House this ...More

 
Royal Opera House Backstage Tours
Tours | Until 31st December 2015 

Royal Opera House 2 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

Home to The Royal Ballet and The Royal Opera, the magnificent Royal Opera House opens its doors for unprecedented access ...More

Charlaine Harris Signing Midnight Crossroad
Exhibitions | On 31st August 2014 

Forbidden Planet 3 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

Book signing of Midnight Crossroad by the author....More

Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art
Never Again! World War I in Cartoon and Comic Art
Exhibitions | Until 19th October 2014 

The Cartoon Museum 4 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

This exhibition of cartoons, caricatures and sequential art at the Cartoon Museum depicts and reflects on the 1914-1918 Great War ...More

 
The Funky Panther Jam Sessions
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 26th October 2014 

The Alley Cat 4 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

Open stage featuring Candice Chevon....More

Sunday Rockin' Club
Clubbing and Nightlife | Until 26th October 2014 

The Alley Cat 4 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

DJ Soho Kev spins rockabilly and rock'n'roll....More

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 30th May 2015 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 4 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

Nominated for a staggering seven Oliviers in this year's Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
 
 
 
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