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Top Places to Hear Poetry in London

Top Places to Hear Poetry in London

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Updated: 21 November 2016
From experienced poetry performers and novices alike, as well as literary fans, London is a great city to find cutting edge slam poetry.
Troubadour, London | © Flickr/Valerie Brown
Troubadour, London | © Flickr/Valerie Brown


This restaurant, café and bar has a lot more than meets the eye. Having performed since 1954, musicians and poets have been taking the stage at the Troubadour for years. Tickets may be purchased for readings by different poets, as well as for external events held by the club. The club also offers summer workshops and classes for anyone interested in developing the art of poetry. A remarkable place to go explore the written word in spoken form.

Troubadour, 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London, UK, 020 7341 6333

Poet in the City

An art organization that promotes love and appreciation for poetry, the Poet in the City brings in new audiences through special programs, live events and a huge number of performances every year. With variety in every single genre of poetry, the organization brings in actors, poets and performers from all around the world to present and perform wonderful poetry. A great night with a worthy cause.

Poet in the City, 90 York Way, London, UK, 0207-014-2812

Eve Pearce at the Poetry Café, London | © Flickr
Eve Pearce at the Poetry Café, London | © Flickr

The Poetry Café

‘Covent Gardens’ most congenial point.’ Ranging from weekly, to occasional events, the Poetry Café offers open spots for newcomers and for those who wish to read poetry. From the experienced to the new, this is a great place for all fans of poetry to come and enjoy coffee, tea, and the power of the spoken word.

The Poetry Café, Royal Opera House, 22 Betterton St, London, UK, 020-7420-9888

National Theatre in London on the South Bank | © Flickr
National Theatre in London on the South Bank | © Flickr

National Theatre

A uniquely built spot, the National Theatre is one of the world’s leading theater productions and a registered charity. Showing up to 30 productions a year, the theater lends its stage to performers of the arts. Mostly showing productions made for the West End, the house also hosts different poetry readings by the some of the world’s most famous comics. A fantastic experience at a fantastic venue.

National Theatre, South Bank, London, UK, 020-7452-3000

Apples and Snakes

‘Poetry with bite,’ Apples and Snakes has distinguished itself in the poetry scene of London. The establishment encourages the use of spoken word and even ‘pushes the boundaries of the art form’ by producing and creating events and content that bring the spoken word to life.

Applies and Snakes, Albany Centre & Theatre Douglas Way, London, UK, 0845-521-3460