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 18th May is the 75th anniversery of the end of the battle of Monte Cassino.
Between 17 January and 18 May, Monte Cassino and the Gustav defences were assaulted four times by Allied troops. On 16 May, soldiers from the Polish II Corps launched the final assault on the German defensive position. On 18 May, a Polish flag followed by the British Union Jack were raised over the ruins.
Master Corporal Emil Czech playing the Hejnał Krakowski 18.5.44
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 - Musical Moments
2nd - Book Launch: Mrs Mohr Goes Missing
4th - Lecture: Saint Mark the Evangelist
9th - Lecture: The Search for ORP Orzeł
14th - Pisanki - Easter Egg Painting
24th - Other Words Are Possible
28th - The Prince and the Dybbuk
4th - Polish Heritage Day
9th - Wojtek The Bear Who Fought For Poland
13th - Musical Moments
17th - Kozłowski by Jane Rogoyska
24th - An Evening in the Polish Highlands
27th & 28th - Exhibition of Paintings by Hugh Micklem
3rd - Musical Moments
13th - Eglantyne Jebb of Save the Children
1st - 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.