Donate to The Poetry Café

The Poetry Café needs you!

We have been receiving donations and funding for the project throughout its undertaking, and we’re extremely grateful for all the money that funding bodies* and individuals have given so far. We are now so close to reaching our fundraising target for completing the renovation of the Café space – but we need your help to reach the final 10% of our target. Donate now.



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Over the past ten months The Poetry Society has been undergoing an ambitious renovation project, transforming our much-loved Café into a vibrant, welcoming space for poets and poetry lovers. Our space has undergone substantial refurbishment to the public spaces improving access, capacity and overall enjoyment. This work has been happening alongside essential work to the rest of the building and offices above and it’s nearly complete. Find out more about the café closure by reading the news post.

We’re hugely excited about the changes we’ve already made, with a new lift to make the space fully accessible, increasing the capacity of the Café so we can welcome more poets and poetry lovers, and re-shaping our performance space to make sure that we offer a dramatically improved experience for audiences and performers; including acoustic separation of the basement from the café above.

However, we’re still raising money to finish the construction and introduce new fittings, including new chairs, a new sound system and a projector. Without these final elements, we can’t fully realise our ambitions for a truly transformed and transformational Poetry Café. We’re now asking for your support in helping us to reach our final fundraising target and secure the future of the Poetry Café.

* Thanks to…

The renovation of the Café and the wider redevelopment and updating of The Poetry Society’s premises has been made possible thanks to the generosity of a wide range of funders including: Arts Council England, The Bernard Sunley Charitable Foundation, City Bridge Trust, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Robert Gavron Charitable Trust and SUEZ Communities Trust. We are very grateful for their support.

Read the Press Release for more information

The Poetry Society is a registered charity no. 303334