The Poetry Cafe  

 
 
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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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City Thameslink Station
 
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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £88  34% off
Great Queen Street, WC2B | 3 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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65 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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51-53 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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16 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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40 Shorts Gardens, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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Shaftesbury Theatre
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210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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35 Little Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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London Film Museum Covent Garden
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45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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Blackout II
London > Shopping > Clothing
51 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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174-177 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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Birkenstock
London > Shopping > Shoes
24 Neal Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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1 Sheffield Street, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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25 Shelton Street, 40 Earlham Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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12 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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Philomena's Irish Bar
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40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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The Princess Louise
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208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 4 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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Lowlander Beer Cafe
London > Nightlife > Bars
36 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 1 minute from The Poetry Cafe
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The American Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 2 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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The Congress Centre
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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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 6 minutes from The Poetry Cafe
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Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

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Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from The Poetry Cafe

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