Hire The Poetry Café

The Poetry Café is now open for events only

And this means you can hire the space! 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 The Poetry Café.

The basement now holds 52 people seated, with a capacity of 60, in a theatre-style arrangement and is frequently used for book and magazine launches, poetry performances, and more. It has disabled access via a new lift, a disabled toilet, and has been reconfigured to provide much improved access and audio separation with doors between the café upstairs and performance space downstairs. There is now also air conditioning, improving the enjoyment of the space immeasurably.

The basement is often available for public and private hire. Prices for poetry-related events, e.g. readings, book launches, music that are open to the public:

  • £65 flat rate for Poetry Society members 
  • £85 flat rate for non-Poetry Society members

For private hires e.g. private book launches, art events, other celebrations:

  • £150 flat rate for Poetry Society members 
  • £175 flat rate for non-Poetry Society members

It’s easy to become a member and receive the discounted perks – just visit our membership page. The Café and the basement are also often available for commercial hire and corporate meetings. 

For a further details and pricing, please contact The Poetry Café.

Please note our licence will not allow us to serve alcohol after 11pm and it is at that time that we must close. Food, snacks and treats are always on offer and specialty catering is available. The Poetry Café is a popular and dynamic space so do make contact for bookings as soon as you can.


Poetry Café (The Poetry Place)
22 Betterton Street
London WC2H 9BX
Email: poetrycafe@poetrysociety.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7420 9888