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Poetry Cafe

The poetry cafe is run by the Poetry Society. There are poetry readings almost every evening (except Sundays when the cafe is closed). Some are weekly events, some monthly or bi-monthly and some occasional or one-off events.

Poetry Unplugged is an open mic session where people who have never read a poem in public can do so for the first time. Experienced poets may try out something new. It also occasionally hosts poets of world renown, particularly in a series called In Town Tonight which responds to the presence of great poets who happen to be in the city, by featuring them in the intimate atmosphere of the Poetry Cafe basement.

During the morning and afternoon the atmosphere is contemplative; you can sit and write while nursing a cappuccino and a brownie; read the extensive collection of poetry magazines in the basement or browse through flyers for competitions and events all over London and the South East. There is a news clipping board to keep you up to date with poetry in the news.

At lunch time it is a place to meet your friends over a vegetarian meal, freshly cooked each day.

The Poetry Cafe offers a lift, an accessible toilet and a hearing induction loop.

To find out more you can visit their website at

The Poetry Society, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
020 7420 9888
020 7240 4818