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 centre 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
'Napoleon The Great' by Andrew Roberts
Date: 18 February 2015
The award-winning Andrew Roberts and his fellow-historian, John Lee, discussed Andrew’s acclaimed new biography of the Emperor Napoleon. Was he a Liberator or a Tyrant? Was he the modernist reformer or the Corsican ogre of British propaganda? Was this military genius a ruthless conqueror or peerless defender of his country and its revolution? View
Date: From 09 February 2015 to 28 February 2015
Wernisaz grupy artystycznej Art .Hanza Fundation Impresje Podlaskie. View
Reviews of other events can be found here - View
Next Two Events
Monthly Members' Evening 15
Date: 01 June 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 Corinna Hentschel will be playing violin and Giulio Poggia will be playing piano. View
Midsummer Party - Zabawa Świętojańska
Date: 20 June 2015
We are holding a Midsummer Party (Zabawa Świętojańska) in the Ognisko Ballroom on Saturday 20th June. The evening starts at 7.30pm with entertainment by Piotr on the alto saxophone. A delicious two course buffet will be served by the Ognisko restaurant. Dancing will be to the sounds of the trio - 5 Minutes after Midnight (5 Minut po Polnocy). The group have a vast repetoire including popular Polish and English music. The two course buffet and a half bottle of wine are included in the price. Dress is black tie or lounge suit. A chance to celebrate Midsummer at Ognisko with friends and family. The event is being organized with the support of Topaz (The Polish Society of Graduates and Professionals). View
Information about other events and how to buy tickets can be found here - View