Our purpose

The Hellenic Centre offers a rich programme of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, social events, and Greek language courses to promote awareness of Hellenic culture and nurture UK relations with the Hellenic world.

16 Jan
24 Feb


Explore text and paper in fashion through a selection of disposable paper dresses from the 1960s including rare Japanese shifu underclothes from the Edo period, Richard Nixon's 1968 electoral campaign dress, the after Andy Warhol 'Souper Dress' , paper garments by significant designers such as  Miyake, Tsumura, Galliano and many more in an exhibition that doesn't only look good on paper!  


The Hellenic Centre is a central London venue with a variety of meeting rooms and event spaces available to hire all year round.  It offers smaller rooms for meetings, larger spaces for conferences and training workshops and the  Great Hall for larger gatherings such as fashions shows, weddings, product launches and bespoke corporate events.

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Learn Greek

Greek courses for all levels, from Alpha to Omega

We run Greek language courses for groups and individuals; we hold conversation classes and help prepare for the C1 & C2 Certificate of Attainment in Greek.


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Key course dates

  • Autumn Term end: 14 Dec 2018
  • Winter Courses timetable: available on 6 Dec 2018
  • Winter Term registration: 6-20 Dec 2018 and 3-15 Jan 2019
  • Winter Term start: 21 Jan 2019
  • Winter Term end: 4 Apr 2019
  • Registration: (i) download form (ii) email it to greekcourses@helleniccentre.org (iii) call 020 7563 9831 to make a card payment
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Greek course books

Once your place on a course is confirmed, you can get all course books directly from the Hellenic Centre office.

Become a member

Members receive discounts on Greek language courses and paid events and invitations to private views and other events. Individual membership costs £50. more about membership


12 Feb 2019 Tue
To 11 Mar 2019 Monday

MANI / Μάνη – Painting the Southern Peloponnese: In the Footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor

I was always fond of John Craxton’s cover illustrations for Patrick Leigh Fermor’s travel books, but had not really understood the longstanding connection between these two men or their mutual love for Greece until Ian Collins’ retrospective exhibition and monograph on Craxton in 2011. It unveiled a remarkable series of luminous paintings, many in tempera, that seemed to distil the essence of Greek landscape and life (Cretan in particular). Their linear form owes much to Modernism, but also to the close study of Byzantine painting and the mentoring of Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakou-Ghika, a lifelong friend to both Craxton and Leigh Fermor. This creative fellowship played out during the second half of the 20th century moving between their homes on Crete, Hydra and the Mani peninsula and has just been celebrated in an exhibition called ‘Charmed Lives in Greece’ at the British Museum earlier this year.

I read ‘Mani, Travels in the Southern Peloponnese’ (written in Ghika’s house on Hydra) while visiting Kardamyli , where I found the Leigh Fermor house on a low cliff surrounded by olive and cypress trees. While walking in the nearby Vyros Gorge, I was transfixed by a tiny figure leading goats high up in the Taygetus mountains; a scene straight from the book of 60 years earlier. Partly because of the evocative writing, the paintings by Craxton and Ghika and because of the eerie beauty of this place, Mani cast a spell; it got under the skin. I decided to return and paint some of it for myself.
My plan was to walk in the footsteps of Leigh Fermor and in October 2017 I caught a bus with a friend, from Kalamata down the coast to Oitylo, where began a walk around the southernmost tip of the peninsula, known as ‘Mesa Mani’ or the ‘Deep Mani’.

During a three week trek, I made a number of pleinair studies on a route which took us over mountains, along treacherous cliffs and across plains baked by the sun. We slept out in olive groves, in abandoned war-towers, by derelict Byzantine churches and once on the very top of Mount Sagias under a full moon. On my return, I began to work a number of studies into larger paintings and made others in response to the experience and memory. They are my attempt to translate the sensation of being there, the physical harshness and aridity; the fierce sun, the empty space, the colours and light of this
unique place apart.

Toby Wiggins 2018

Free Entry

  • 19 Feb 2019 Tue

    Walking Billboards or Wearable History? Paper Dresses from the ATOPOS cvc Collection

    Organised by the Hellenic Centre & ATOPOS cvc

    A talk by Myrsini Pichou as part of #TextMe_PaperFashion

    This event is part of the celebrations for the 25th Anniversary of the Hellenic Centre  

    Free entry; booking essential.

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  • 21 Feb 2019 Thu

    Walking through the Landscapes of Marina Adams

    Organised by the Hellenic Centre

    Helli Pangalou will give a lecture on Marina Adams and the Gardens she created.

    Free entry; booking essential.

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  • 22 Feb 2019 Fri

    Wagner and Greece

    Organised by the Hellenic Centre 

    An illustrated lecture by Helena Matheopoulos

    Free entry; booking essential.

    The Hellenic Centre
  • 14 Mar 2019 Thu
    To 03 Apr 2019 Wed

    The Desert Behind

    Playwright & poet Natalie Katsou and photographer Yiannis Katsaris join their artistic forces and invite us to The Desert Behind; a photographic journey and book launch of their poetry collection.

    Book Launch and Private View – Meet the artists: 20 March 2019


    Free Entry

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