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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.

Christmas with Asterakia

We have to postpone the children’s event this Sunday due to unforeseen circumstances.
The new date is Sunday 5th December 12-2pm and 3-5pm.

Please email maria@helleniccentre.org or call 020 7863 9833 by Tuesday 23 November 5pm if you have tickets and are unable to make this new time.

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1821 Commemorative Exhibition

1821 Visions of Freedom: The Hand of Zographos, The Mind of Makriyannis, The Zeal of Gennadius

Exhibition Opening Hours: Late evening opening Monday 6 & Monday 13 December: 6:30pm – 9pm, Saturdays: 10am – 5pm, Sundays: 11am – 4pm. For other opening times please call the office on 020 7487 5060

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MEETING & EVENT SPACES FOR HIRE

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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Your donations are pivotal to the continuation of our cultural events programme, with over 60 cultural events per year, your support is valuable. Donate

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 students prepare for the C1 & C2 Certificate of Attainment in Greek.

Autumn Term Courses
Our Online Autumn Courses
will run from 4 October
until 17 December 2021

Our In Person Autumn Term Courses
will also run from 4 October
until 17 December 2021

Online Classes take place
via Google Meet

Private tuition available online via SKYPE.

More about our Greek courses

Key registration dates


The registration period for our
Online Autumn Courses
will run from
14 September 2021
until 28 September 2021

To register for our
Online Autumn Courses

1. Read carefully our Terms & Conditions
2. Fill in our enrolment form and email it to greekcourses@helleniccentre.org
3. Call 020 7563 9831
or 07720 057424,
Monday to Friday 11am-3pm and 4-6pm, to make a card payment

Registration for in person courses
still open for classes that have availability

 

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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

WHAT'S ON

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WHAT'S ON

08 Dec 2021 Wed

In the Footsteps of Lord Byron: John Frederick Lewis in Greece and Albania

Briony Llewellyn will introduce John Frederick Lewis (1804-1876), famed for the meticulous detail and jewel-like colours of his Orientalist paintings. In 1840, Lewis travelled through Greece and Albania on his way to Constantinople, and made numerous very striking watercolours of the people and places that he encountered. Charles Newton has pieced together Lewis’s journey, and he will take up the story with an examination of what inspired him to take the particular route that he followed.

Briony Llewellyn is an independent scholar who specialises in British and Maltese artists’ depictions of the Near and Middle East.  She has made a particular study of the British Orientalist artist, John Frederick Lewis, and is Guest Curator of the exhibition, John Frederick Lewis: Facing Fame, at the Watts Gallery. She is co-compiler of a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Lewis’s work.

She worked on the catalogue of the Searight Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1985-88, and since then has lectured and contributed to numerous exhibition and auction catalogues on Luigi Mayer, Amadeo Preziosi, Edward Lear, David Roberts, and John Frederick Lewis. In 2008 she was loans consultant for Tate Britain’s exhibition of British Orientalism, The Lure of the East; she was also co-curator of an exhibition at the Royal Academy on John Frederick Lewis’s early work.  She has published articles and essays in journals and multi-author publications on both Roberts and Lewis.  She will be editing a forthcoming book of essays on Lewis to be published by the American University in Cairo Press. She is a contributor to Inspired by the East: How the Islamic World influenced Western Art, an exhibition at the British Museum, 10 October 2019 – 26 January 2020.

Charles Newton was a curator in the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1969 until he retired in 2005. He worked in various departments in the V&A Museum, including Circulation [Travelling Exhibitions], Textiles, and Sculpture. He was in Prints & Drawings department from 1975 until he retired in 2005, as Deputy Head of Paintings. He has published books and articles, and lectured on a wide variety of subjects, including Victorian genre painting, printmaking, illustration, the Searight Collection, Orientalism, John Frederick Lewis, 19th century design, British textile designs, Owen Jones, and Christopher Dresser, Achille-Constant-Théodore-Émile Prisse d’Avennes, and contributed to many exhibition catalogues. His special interest is in pictures of the Ottoman Empire, particularly Turkey, and he has published various articles and reviews on this subject. He is co-compiler of a forthcoming catalogue raisonné of John Frederick Lewis’s work.

1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War of Independence Revisited

Organised by the Hellenic Centre

Free entry, booking essential

  • 05 Oct 2021 Tue
    To 30 Mar 2022 Wed

    1821 Visions of Freedom: The Hand of Zographos, The Mind of Makriyannis, The Zeal of Gennadius

    Exhibition Opening Hours: Late evening opening Monday 6 & Monday 13 December:6:30pm – 9pm, Saturdays: 10am – 5pm, Sundays: 11am – 4pm.
    For other opening times please call the office on 020 7487 5060

    Free entry

    The Hellenic Centre
  • 05 Dec 2021 Sun

    Christmas with Asterakia

    Come and join us for an interactive festive session full of music, movement, and drama!

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have to postpone this event from Sunday 28 November until Sunday 5 December.
    If you have tickets you should have received an e-mail about the new date. If you have not please email maria@helleniccentre.org or call 020 7863 9833

    Adults £10, Children £5,
    Family of 4 £20 (2 adults and 2 children)
    Tickets for the 12-2pm performance
    Tickets for the 3-5pm performance

    The Hellenic Centre
  • 14 Dec 2021 Tue

    Levantine Alternatives: Greeks in Constantinople, Smyrna and Alexandria after 1821

    A lecture by Dr Philip Mansel.

    Image: Argine Salvago, sister of Penelope Delta and wife of the President of the Greek community of Alexandria, at home.

    1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War of Independence Revisited

    Organised by the Hellenic Centre

    Free entry, booking essential

    The Hellenic Centre
  • 16 Dec 2021 Thu

    Faces of History. History has a face.

    A presentation by historian Charicleia George Dimacopoulou on the new edition ‘History has a face’ which is now available also in an English translation.

    Organised by The Hellenic Centre and Sylvia Ioannou Foundation

    Free entry, booking essential

    The Hellenic Centre
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