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22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX
 
 
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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.

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Cosy hideaway, poetry, papers and performances, tea and toast.

 

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Covent Garden Tube Station
 
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Holborn Tube Station
 
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Charing Cross Railway Station
 
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City Thameslink Station
 
17 minutes walk
 
 
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London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £126  37% off
Seven Dials, WC2H | 3 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
Boutique haven in Covent Garden's vibrant Seven Dials village. Guests can enjoy stylish, comfortable rooms, smart TV and free high-speed Wi-Fi on unlimited devices. Monmouth Kitchen ... More
 
 
 
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London > Nightlife > American restaurants
27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 5 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 6 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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