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Writing in the Poetry Café { WC2H }

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Described as a little bit of East London plonked in the back streets of Covent Garden, this quirky little spot is the ‘public face’ of the Poetry Society.


When I visited the Poetry Café it was completely dead. Not really surprising given it was during the post-lunch lull and, as I was there to write, not really a problem. Apparently it lights up at night as “the capital’s buzzing poetry hub” with a programme of events held in the basement. Upstairs, the old desks and schoolchairs, shelves of poetry magazines, literary-themed posters, fliers and framed portraits all appealed to my inner ponce. After about half an hour the waitress remembered to turn some music on. Unfortunately it was George Michael, whose dulcet tones somewhat shattered the literary ambience.


Being the only customer for the first hour, I managed to get quite a few words down. The only distraction was the sun shining outside the smoked glass window, which made the room feel a bit dingy. The café didn’t seem especially set up for laptops  – it’s more of a notebook (a real one, made of paper) sort of place.

Food & drink

The food is veggie, the service pleasant, the teapots leaky (not great for the aforementioned notebook).

The lowdown

“One for a rainy afternoon”  |   386-words-per-hour  |  websitemap

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 07/04/2011 10:24

    These posts are really inspiring. I have been trying to get to TPC for open mic but keep missing it, and this post reminds me that I can just go in the day and have a cup of tea and a bit of a write. Boo to the George Michael, though…

  2. 07/04/2011 11:47

    Thanks Annabel 🙂 Hopefully ‘Careless Whisper’ was a one-off.

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