The Poetry Café
Space hire 

The Poetry Café could be ideal for your event. If you have any enquiries regarding our spaces, or you would like to make a booking, please contact Poetry Cafe.


The basement holds 44 people and is frequently used for book and magazine launches. It has disabled access via a lift, and a disabled toilet.

The basement is often available for hire. Prices for poetry-related events, e.g. readings or book launches:
£50 flat rate for Poetry Society members 
£70 flat rate for non-Poetry Society members

Poetry Cafe

The café and the basement are also often available for commercial hire. 

For a further details and pricing please contact Poetry Cafe.

Please note our licence will not allow us to serve alcohol after 11pm and we have to close at 11.20pm. Catering is available.


Please note that the Poetry Café is a popular space and so bookings are required two months in advance. The Poetry Café toilets are accessed via the basement, so this space is not suitable for confidential meetings unless the cafe and basement are hired for your exclusive use.




Poetry Café (The Poetry Place)
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX

Email: Poetry Café
Telephone: 020 7420 9888

Opening times 

12 noon - 11pm Monday to Friday
7pm - 11pm Saturday

Closed on Sunday, and on occasion for private hire - please check the calendar before you visit.