Welcome to Ognisko Polskie
Ognisko Polskie was founded in 1939 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
New Year's Eve 2014
Date: 31 December 2014
After an absence of a few years, the New Year’s Eve Dance has finally returned to Ognisko ! As Iwo Zaluski of the group Domino writes in his memoirs: - the Polish London of the 60’s and 70’s had two big events, the Dozynki at the Hilton and the New Year’s Ball at Ognisko.... The New Year’s Eve Party was organized by Topaz, the Society of Polish Graduates and Professionals, as a fundraiser for Ognisko. The profit made was £2,300. View
Ognisko's Christmas Party 2014
Date: 06 December 2014
Ognisko's Christmas Party 2014 View
Reviews of other events can be found here - View
Next Two Events
Monthly Members' Evening 12
Date: 02 February 2015
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 Glenda Allaway will be playing harp. View
Exhibition of Polish painters: Podlasie Impresions
Date: From 09 February 2015 to 21 February 2015
The main inspiration that artists have in common is the nature — especially, as in this case, the nature of the Podlasie landscape and the diverse population of that region. But nature shown on their pictures is by no means a copy of the landscape they see. It is merely a pretext. In some instances nature is idealized, in others — by invoking old masters — it is ahighly mystic surrealism, some other time it becomes a passionate expression or it approaches abstraction. View
Information about other events and how to buy tickets can be found here - View