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

Our Cultural Events  Will Resume In September

Armonia Atenea in BBC Proms

Saturday 2 August, 3pm - Cadogan Hall.

Armonia Atenea (the new international name of Athens Kamerata - Resident Orchestra in the Athens Megaron) is the first Greek orchestra ever to appear at the BBC Proms, joined by its Artistic Director George Petrou.

Armonia Atenea will present a programme titled Greek Myths, in which the orchestra, soprano Myrsini Margariti, mezzo Irini Karaianni and George Petrou, will perform arias and overtures from French, German and Italian baroque operas, including Gluck’s Orphée, Handel’s 

Arianna in Creta, Paissielo's L'Olimpiade and Lully’s Phaeton, in what promises to be a concert of high drama.

In this first Greek orchestra’s appearance at the Proms, we would like to invite all Greek related organizations in England to support our performance by communicating this event to your members, colleagues and friends and of course attending the concert. We would like to see you all at Cadogan Hall (Saturday, August 2 - 3.00 pm) and we promise to share with you our passion for music and culture.

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We remind that every Prom is broadcast live on Radio 3. You can listen to the concert for 30 days after first broadcast.


The Journey

Friday 12 September, 6.30pm to 8pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.

Three men brought together by love and loss travel to an island searching for answers. The Journey, directed by Lance Nielsen, is a feature length fiction film shot in Greece.

Join us for a sneak preview and a question and answer session with members of the cast and crew. The film, produced by a team of young passionate Greek and British filmmakers will be released in 2015. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.

Further information about the film on www.thejourneythemovie.com.

Supported by the Hellenic Centre


The Man that Can't be Moved

Satursay 13 September, 8pm - arts depot, 5 Nether Street, North Finchley, London N12.

Stand up comedy with funny and talented young Greek Cypriot Chris Marco K. Tickets £12. Further information and bookings at www.chrismarcok.com.


Poet in the City: Cavafy

Monday 15 September, 7pm - Hall One at Kings Place.

Poet in the City presents a celebration of the life and work of C.P. Cavafy. Widelyregarded as one of the most important poets of the modern age, Cavafy brought a bold honesty to the pursuit of pleasure and modern life.

This event will explore the influences of this unique poetic voice, unpicking some of the fascinating themes arising in his poetry, from the erotic to the historic. Poet and translator David Constantine is joined by author and poet Louis de Bernières, and leading historian Edith Hall, in an event which sheds fresh light on the world of C.P. Cavafy.

Tickets cost £9.50 if booked online via www.kingsplace.co.uk. Otherwise tickets cost £11.50 and can be purchased from the Box Office on 0207 520 1490.

Hall One at Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG


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.


From the Levant to the City of London: Greek Merchant Bankers and the Greek Community of London in the 19th Century

Wednesday 17 September, 7.15pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.

A lecture in English by Katerina Galani (Ionian University, Corfu, Greece), tracing the lives and works of Greek bankers, based on unpublished archival sources from Constantinople, Greece and the City of London.

The talk probes the transition of Greeks from the islands and ports of the Aegean (e.g. Chios, Andros, Hydra, Spetses, Smyrna, Constantinople) to the international financial centre of the City of London in the 19th century and shows how they expanded their trade business in Britain and became merchant bankers in the City. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre.


Greece: from Junta to Crisis, Cultural Genealogies and European Perspectives

Saturday 20 September, 10am to 6pm - Great Hall, Hellenic Centre.

The event aims to mark the 40th anniversary since the fall of junta in Greece and to examine how the crisis has led Greeks to rethink political attitudes,  cultural discourses and conceptions of identity established since 1974.

Speakers include Professor Mark Mazower (Columbia University), Professor Antonis Liakos (Athens University), Professor Yannis Stavrakakis (University of Thessaloniki), Dr Elisabeth Kirtsoglou (Durham University) and others. Further information on 0121-4145769 or at d.p.tziovas@bham.ac.uk. Free entry; booking essential on 020 7563 9835 or at press@helleniccentre.org.

Organised by the Universities of Birmingham and Oxford.
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.




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.

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Greek Language Courses


Registration for all courses
starts on
Monday 14 July

NEW COURSE: A-Level Course
in Modern Greek for students 16+

with Mr Andreas Theodosiou
(Westminster School)
The course will focus on
literature analysis,
translation from and to Greek
and essay writing
and will prepare students
for the A-level exams.
Course syllabus includes
poems by C P Cavafy and
short stories by Giorgos Ioannou.
Students who do not wish to
sit the exam but are interested
in Greek literature are also welcome
to join the course.

Absolute Beginners Courses
in Modern Greek for students 18+


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Meeting Rooms available more...

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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