About us

The Hellenic Centre

The Hellenic Centre is a vibrant cultural organisation founded in 1994 as a charity, with the aims of providing a focus for the Hellenic community, promoting an awareness of Hellenic culture in the UK and nurturing the unique relationship between Britain and the Hellenic world. The Centre offers a rich programme of lectures, exhibitions, concerts, social events and Greek language courses.

The Centre's elegant building dates from the early 1900s and has been sympathetically refurbished to provide a number of meeting and exhibition rooms, the most impressive of which is the Great Hall. The location and its facilities make it also an attractive venue for outside individuals and organisations to hold their events. The Centre is off Marylebone High Street in central London and is easily accessible.

The Hellenic Centre is run by a full-time director and her administrative staff, overseen by the Trustees and their Executive Board.

Director: Agatha Kalisperas

Photographs from Greece

Tuesday 16 September to Thursday 25 September - Friends Room, Hellenic Centre.

Photographs from Greece by Ivars Pundurs will be hosted at the Hellenic Centre after being exhibited at the Latvian Embassy in Brussels.

The exhibition reflects the artist’s inspiration by the unique character of Greece and his internal dialogue about things seen and lived. Ivars Pundurs, presently Latvian Ambassador to Greece, has been a diplomat since 1991 and a keen photographer from his teens. Collections of his work have been widely exhibited in Latvia. Private view on Monday 15 September, 6.30-8.30pm. For opening hours call 020 7487 5060.

Supported by the Hellenic Centre.


The Sunrise

Tuesday 23 September, 7.15pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.

Join the bestselling author of The Island, The Return and The Thread, Victoria Hislop as she talks about her eagerly awaited new novel The Sunrise which is set in the city of Famagusta, Cyprus during the devastating events of the 1970s.

With her unique brand of storytelling, Victoria once more shines a light on a fascinating and often overlooked part of Mediterranean history, as she has done so vividly in her three previous novels. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.

The author Victor Sebestyen (victorsebestyen.com) to chair the event.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre and Headline Review.

Live the Swing: DIMINUITA

(Showcase by Nikki Santilli & her Vintage Jazz Dancers)

Sunday 19 October, 5-8pm, Great Hall, Hellenic Centre 

Live performance by Diminuita at 6pm (www.diminuita.com
Pre-concert dance lesson by Nikki Santilli at 5pm (

Come and swing to the rhythms of gypsy jazz! The Hellenic Centre presents DIMINUITA, a Swing Trio from the orchestral gypsy jazz scene, for an amazing live performance. 

What is more, if you want, you can let yourselves be swept off your chairs and onto the dance floor, with one of London’s most promising swing instructors, Nikki Santilli and her team, showing you the way! For those of you who want to enjoy the swing experience to the full, there will be a beginners swing class before the performance. Cash bar available with wine and beer to further lift your spirits – don’t miss this chance.
5-6pm: Swing Dance Class for beginners by Nikki Santilli (for those attending the concert, there will be an offer of £5 to attend the dance class). 
6-8pm: Live the Swing with Diminuita  

(Giorgos Papadogiannis, lead guitar; Effie Saranti, rhythm guitar; Kostas Patsiotis, double bass) have been performing since 2007 in Greece and abroad. They are a part of the orchestral gypsy jazz scene, with their tunes alluding to Reinhardt, Grappelli and other composers of that era. Diminuita's video: 

Tickets £12, £8 for Hellenic Centre Members (£5 extra for the dance class - please RSVP when booking for the concert).

Bookings at 
ark4art.eventbrite.com or on 020 7487 5060.



The Exhibition "Patterns of Magnificence" is now closed

Catalogues in both Greek and English are available at the Hellenic Centre.

For more information about "Patterns of Magnificence": www.patternsofmagnificence.org


A shop is available at the Hellenic Centre with products from the exhibition.

 Click here to view the whole colllection


The Real Greek



New Diary of Events
Sept-Dec 2014

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Christmas packages now available

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Greek Language Courses







Some places still available
for the Beginners 1 courses
on Tuesdays 12.30pm and
Fridays 6.30pm and for the
Beginners 2 course on
Fridays 6.30pm


Venue Hire

Meeting Rooms available more...

email address:




Call +44 (0)20 7487 5060
email info@helleniccentre.org

16-18 Paddington Street,
London W1U 5AS



Agatha Kalisperas


Maria Kalli 020 7563 9833 maria@helleniccentre.org

Greek Language Courses

Evangelia Roussou 020 7563 9831 greekcourses@helleniccentre.org

Venue Hire

Kay Stavrinou 020 7563 9834 bookings@helleniccentre.org

Catering & Friends Room Exhibitions

Christina Vagioti 020 7563 9836 christina@helleniccentre.org