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
Most events at Ognisko Polskie are open to non-members.
5th to 16th - Exhibition: ‘Europa w Rodzinie' in the Member's Room
7th - Wieczór Towarzyski
9th - Ognisko Member's Reception, members only
12th - Musical Moments
14th - Tour of the V&A
14th - Wieczór Towarzyski
15th - Book Club
17th - Kinoteka: 'Bestia'
18th - Kinoteka: 'Moonlight Sonata'
20th - Exhibition: 'Here and There'
21st - Lecture: 'Brompton Oratory'
21st - Wieczór Towarzyski
25th - Easter Egg Painting
28th - Wieczór Towarzyski
4th - Wieczór Towarzyski
11th - Wieczór Towarzyski
16th - Book Club
18th - Wieczór Towarzyski
21st - Spring Dance
25th - Wieczór Towarzyski
30th - Musical Moments
2nd - Wieczór Towarzyski
3rd & 4th May - Ognisko Ensemble
9th - Wieczór Towarzyski
14th - Musical Moments
10th - Clare Mulley
16th - Wieczór Towarzyski
16th - Book Club
17th - New Members' Evening
23rd - Wieczór Towarzyski
29th - Dining Club
30th - Wieczór Towarzyski
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 - View
Telephone: 020 7589 4670
The entrance to the club and restaurant is 55 Exhibition Road. Travel information and a map can be found here - View
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.