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.


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Ognisko Polskie's restaurant decorated for the Masquarade Ball.


Latest News

  • The Ognisko Masquerade Ball

    Date: 22 February 2014

    The Ognisko Masquerade Ball, our big event this month was a huge success and enjoyed by all who came. Typical of the many thanks which came to the Club was this one from member, Dr Mary Malecka “Thank you for the splendid Ball, and through you, thanks to all involved who made the evening such a happy and cheerful one. A triumph of a meal in stunning surroundings, then a simply beautiful evening of dancing and gaiety, raffle and auction, all in a spirit of warmth and good companionship. Thank you.” View

  • Ognisko's Grand Re-opening

    Date: From 18 September 2013 to 19 September 2013

    With it's renovation (almost) finished some 700 members and supporters of Ognisko Polskie, gathered during two days of celebrations to mark the re-opening of the Ognisko Restaurant following refurbishment. The invitation to evenings of Polish delicacies, vodka cocktails and prosecco was extended by the chairman and executive committee of the club, and restaurateur Jan Woroniecki. View

Next Two Events

  • Monthly Members' Evening 8

    Date: 01 September 2014

    We are happy to announce the eigth of our monthly Members’ Evenings. They will 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 Edgar Cardoso will be playing solo piano. View

  • Hemar Theatre: The Misanthrope

    Date: From 19 September 2014 to 22 September 2014

    The Hemar Theatre has a great pleasure in announcing the opening of its first production of "The Misanthrope", the great comedy by Moliere, adapted by Wilburn, directed by Gigi Robarts, artistic design by Magdalena Rutkowska-Hunt. Produced by Maja Lewis and Andrzej Blonski. Alceste 'The Misanthrope' is a man on a quest for truth and justice - he is madly in love with a woman who goes strongly against all his principles. The beautiful Celimene is queen of gossip, intrigue and flirtation. How will it work ? Is their relationship doomed ? View