Welcome to Ognisko Polskie
Ognisko Polskie was founded in 1940 to maintain the cohesion of the free Polish community in the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Following the war Ognisko Polskie became the center of social and cultural life for the Polish community in exile. It has served since to provide a home for Poles to meet and build friendships, as a place where Polish culture and history is kept alive and Polish identity and independence maintained.
In the 21st century Ognisko Polskie aims to continue to be a Centre of Polish life in the United Kingdom, where members can maintain and strengthen their relations with each other and the wider community, promote Polish culture through hosting events, supporting education and arts and providing a place where Polish generosity and warmth can be extended to all.
We are pleased to announce that Ognisko Polskie will develop a national Centre of Excellence to initiate, promote, implement and support the activities in the field of Culture and the Arts.
We will hold exhibitions, meetings, lectures, classes and seminars both alone or with others. We will gather artists, critics, art lovers, representatives of the academic world and of those working in the cultural sphere both in UK and abroad.
Following an extensive renovation and a change of management the restaurant is now open to members and their guests. Jan Woroniecki owner of the successful Baltic Restaurant will be serving Eastern and Central European cuisine. Reservations should be made with the restaurant on 020 7589 0101 or on the restaurant's website: www.ognisko.com.
Most events at Ognisko Polskie are open to non-members. We will be announcing events on our website as soon as details are available so visit regularly. Further information can be found here - View
Private Room Hire
Ognisko Polskie has a number of rooms available for private hire for corporate events, exhibitions, product launches, gala dinners, fashion shows, weddings and other private functions. The restaurant can provide catering if needed. Further information can be found here - View
Membership can be applied for by being proposed by two existing members of the club. Further information can be found here - View
Hemar Theatre: The Misanthrope
Date: From 19 September 2014 to 22 September 2014
Molière is not only enormously funny, his wit pokes fun at serious situations which continue to be as fresh and relevant today as when The Misanthrope was first written hundreds of years ago in 1666, for production at the Théâtre du Palais Royal by the King’s Players. The Hemar Theatre Company’s decision to choose this as their first in house production in English is therefore eminently sensible and director Gigi Robarts has played to the strengths of her enthusiastic and vivacious young cast by directing it at speed, with some sensible cuts to the text that keep the main plot and characters in focus while maintain comic momentum. View
Off The Stage: Basia Trzetrzelewska
Date: 24 May 2014
Wyjątkową edycję OFF THE STAGE. 24 maja naszym gościem była legenda, światowej sławy artystka: Basia Trzetrzelewska. View
Reviews of other events can be found here - View
Next Two Events
Monthly Members' Evening 10
Date: 03 November 2014
We are happy to announce the latest of our monthly Members’ Evenings. They take place on the first Monday of every month and will incorporate an interesting event, followed by a buffet with wine. At the moment we are very fortunate in being able to offer the ‘Musical Moments’ series of concerts to start those evenings. This month Yuko Yagishita will be playing piano. View
Uncles & Others
Date: 09 November 2014
In this controversial film, Jan Ledochowski’s relatives and friends describe the horrors of the Second Word War. One family saved a Jewish Senator, another was massacred by the SS, and 22-year-old Magda was killed at the barricades during the Warsaw Rising. Then, expropriated and branded “traitors and decadent landowners”, they made completely different choices. Some stayed on in communist Poland. One became editor-in-chief of the leading Warsaw weekly Kultura and another became a top politician, a member of the Council of State, who worked closely with General Jaruzelski and supported Martial Law. Others fought the régime, from Radio Free Europe or from inside Poland. “This is Poland” declared Gazeta Wyborcza, the widest circulation Polish newspaper. The London Polish Daily described it as “A documentary which keeps the tension going, like a drama, until the very last scene…It provokes discussion and engraves itself on one’s memory.” View
Information about other events and how to buy tickets can be found here - View