A poet’s guide to London

Statue of William Shakespeare in Leicester square London

Poetry has the ability to elicit so many different responses from those who read it. Whether it be moving, funny or insightful, there’s a lot to be gained from the way that words are put together and communicate with us.

If you’re a poet and are planning a trip to London, take advantage of some of the exceptional places you can visit to appreciate, purchase and enjoy poetry.

Whether it be readings or museums, there’s plenty to get involved in, so indulge your passion for writing and words.

Statue of William Shakespeare in Leicester square London

After a day spent sampling inspiring works, head back to your room at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel, where you could either spend the night reading or writing new poems.

Visit the home of a poetry master at Keats House

10 Keats Grove, Hampstead, London NW3 2RR

Known for his romantic work that focused on sensual imagery, John Keats is one of the true greats when it comes to poetry from the 18th century. Pay homage to his legacy with a visit to the home he lived in from 1818-1820. Here you will find paintings, prints and relics that belonged to him. The stunning building is Grade I listed and is set amongst idyllic gardens. If the weather is permitting, be sure to take a stroll outside, where changing exhibitions about his life and the era in which his poetry came from are featured.

After a day spent marvelling at the life and times of this iconic wordsmith, our hotels in Bayswater London W2 are easily accessible by public transport links, so stroll back to your room and spend the evening trying to emulate Keats’s style.

Explore your favourite writers at the National Poetry Library

Level 5, Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

If you have an afternoon free and want to spend it with your head in a book, enjoying some great poems, this is the place to head to. The National Poetry Library is home to the most comprehensive collection in Britain, so you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. With a collection that spans across the whole world from 1912, the library is home to over 200,000 items and continues to grow. The place to be for the true lover of modern poetry.

Your eyes are probably strained from all that reading, so stroll back to your room at the Grand Royale London Hyde Park Hotel and put your feet up.

Perform your own work at live event Hammer and Tongue

100-106 Leonard St, London EC2A 4RH

Feeling confident and fancy showcasing your talent or some new material you’ve been working on? Head to Hammer and Tongue, a live poetry night that takes places on the first Tuesday of every month at The Book Club, a small venue situated in trendy Shoreditch. Expect to see some big names performing and then take to stage for a three-minute performance slot. Not for the faint-hearted, rumours are the heckling can be intense.