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.
On 1st September 1939, Germany invaded Poland and two days later, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany. Following a Nazi-Soviet non-aggression agreement (The Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact ) which had been signed in Moscow on 23 August 1939 by foreign ministers Joachim von Ribbentrop and Vyacheslav Molotov, Poland was then invaded by the Soviet Union on 17th September 1939. Poland never surrendered and continued to fight both within Poland and by joining the Allied armies.
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
Most events at Ognisko Polskie are open to non-members.
1st to 3rd - First to Fight: Outbreak of WW2
6th - Jazz Concert: Micor & Ferro
12th - Polish Agents in France During WW2
20th - Songs of Violetta Villas
24th - The Mountbattens: Their Lives & Loves
1st - From Corsets to Communism
6th - Musical Moments for Children
7th - Musical Moments
19th - Autumn Dance
4th - Musical Moments
2nd - Musical Moments
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.