WELCOME TO OGNISKO POLSKIE - THE POLISH HEARTH

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.

 

80th Anniversary of the victory of the battle of Monte Cassino

2024 marks the 80th Anniversary of the victory of the battle of Monte Cassino by the soldiers from the Polish II Corps under Generał Władysław Anders. The Battle for Monte Cassino during the Italian Campaign in World War II began with an assault by the allies on 17.1.1944. It was one of the most iconic and brutal battles of the War but on 18 May 1944, a Polish flag followed by the British Union Jack were raised over the ruins of the monastery.

Many Veterans could not return to Poland as a result of the Yalta agreement and found their new home in the British isles and at Ognisko Polskie, including Generał Anders, his wife, Irena Anders(Renata Bogdańska), Feliks Konarski pseud.Ref-Ren who famously wrote the lyrics of the iconic song “Czerwone Maki na Monte Cassino”

Monte Cassino 80 Poster Graphic 

OUR PATRON HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF KENT

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.

Duke

Portrait of His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent by Barbara Kaczmarowska Hamilton


CLUB EVENTS

Most events at Ognisko Polskie are open to non-members.

 

Events calendar

Please see the Events tab for upcoming events

 

 

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.


CLUB

Email: Office@OgniskoPolskie.org.uk

Telephone: 020 7589 4670

 

HOW TO FIND US

The entrance to the club and restaurant is 55 Exhibition Road. Travel information and a map can be found - HERE.

 

EVENTS EMAIL

You can sign up to receive our emails informing you about events taking place at Ognisko Polskie - HERE.

 

RESTAURANT.

Email: info@ogniskorestaurant.co.uk

Telephone: 020 7589 0101

Website: www.ogniskorestaurant.co.uk