Ognisko Polskie - the Polish Hearth is one of London’s oldest Polish Clubs which today hosts a variety of theatrical, musical and other cultural events.
Founded in 1939 to maintain the cohesion of the free Polish community in the United Kingdom during the Second World War, it went on to become the centre of social and cultural life for the Polish community in exile. It has since served to provide a home for Poles to meet and build friendships, as a place where Polish culture and history is kept alive and where Polish identity and independence are maintained.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent had visited Poland in 1937 and had close links and friendships with members of the Polish aristocracy. After the start of the Second World War, the Duke showed his support for the country by bestowing his patronage on the Polish House after its inauguration on the 16th July 1940.
Portrait of His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent by Barbara Kaczmarowska Hamilton
The 1st August marks 74 years since the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising aiming to wrest the Polish capital from Nazi German occupation during WW II. At exactly 5pm on August 1, 1944, the Polish underground resistance, led by the Home Army (Armia Krajowa) started what would eventually be a 63-day rebellion. The uprising was timed to coincide with the retreat of the German forces from Poland ahead of the Soviet advance. While approaching the eastern suburbs of the city, the Red Army temporarily halted combat operations, enabling the Germans to regroup and defeat the Polish resistance and to raze the city in reprisal. The Uprising was fought with little outside support and was the single largest military effort taken by any European resistance movement during WW II.
Most events at Ognisko Polskie are open to non-members.
5th - Book Talk: Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw
13th & 14th - Ognisko Ensemble
18th & 19th - Dining with Copernicus
22nd - IPN: Polskie Państwo Podziemne
29th & 30th - Warszawski Teatr “Sabat”
1st - Musical Moments
3rd - Warsztaty Teatralne
8th - Translating Pan Tadeusz
11th - Book Talk: Posting Letters to the Moon
16th to 19th - Exhibition: 60th Anniversary of APA
30th - Understanding the Lustration Process in Poland
5th - Musical Moments
9th - Book Talk: An American in Warsaw
10th & 11th - Exhibition
14th - Talk on Thomas Aquinas
15th - Dining Club 55
18th - Christmas Decorations Workshop
1st & 2nd - Christmas Bazaar
9th - Christmas Party
31st - Sylwester - New Years Eve Ball
We will be announcing events on our website as soon as details are available so please visit regularly. Further events information can be found - HERE.
Telephone: 020 7589 4670
The entrance to the club and restaurant is 55 Exhibition Road. Travel information and a map can be found - HERE.
You can sign up to receive our emails informing you about events taking place at Ognisko Polskie - HERE.
Telephone: 020 7589 0101
The restaurant will be closed on the following days:
Every Monday Club members can enjoy lunch or dinner at a special rate of £10 for 2 courses, or £14 including a glass of wine, at the exclusive Club table in the restaurant. Guests will be charged at the normal pre theatre rate.