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





Best wishes from all at The Hellenic Centre
for a Happy Easter!

Join us to our Easter Celebration on
26 April, 7.15-9.15pm

Let’s meet in a cozy atmosphere and rediscover together
the joy and verve of SONGS OF SMYRNA

Marina Deligianni (vocals), Spyros Bolovinis (bouzouki),
Konstantinos Glynos (qanun) and Maria Tsirodimitri (guitar)

bring to us “Smyrneika” the songs born in the Anatolian tavern
of Smyrna (Izmir) of the early 20th century.

Their intricate melodies reflect the musical influence of
Smyrna’s Turkish, Armenian and Jewish population
and their lyrics talk about love, nostalgia and the celebration of life.

Following the destruction of Smyrna in 1922 the refugees
from Smyrna brought with them to Greece their musical tradition
and musicians like Roza Eskenazy, Rita Abatzi, Antonis Dalgas
took over with their virtuosity and artistry the Athenian cafés aman,
influenced Greek music and contributed to the birth of Rebetiko.

Tickets £10, Hellenic Centre Members £8; price includes a glass of wine.

https://hcsongsofsmyrna.eventbrite.co.uk or 020 7487 5060



The Birds and the Trees

Tuesday 11 April to Thursday 4 May - The Hellenic Centre

Afrodite Papadouli experiments with various materials (watercolours, ink on paper, acrylics on canvas and on wood) to create images which evoke the human need to be attached to their oprigins but also the need to be free and to escape.

Meet the artist: Tuesday 11 April, 6.30pm-8.30pm.

For opening hours call 020 7487 5060.

Supported by the Hellenic Centre.


Pathos beyond Words

Tuesday 11 April to Thursday 27 April - The Hellenic Centre.

Maria Fotaki exhibits her religious themed paintings.

Meet the artist: Thursday 20 April, 5.30pm-7.30pm; visitors will have the opportunity to discuss with the artist and experience an interactive performance.

For opening hours call 020 7487 5060.

Supported by the Hellenic Centre.


Tαξιδεύοντας στον Κόσμο και στη Σκέψη του Μίκη Θεοδωράκη - A Journey to the World and Thoughts of Miki Theodorakis

Monday 24 April, 7.15pm - The Hellenic Centre.

Kostas Serezis, the Cypriot journalist who lives in Athens and author of the book The Universal Mikis Theodorakis (Μίκης Θεοδωράκης, ο Οικουμενικός- Kastaniotis editions, Athens 2001), will give a talk in Greek about some of his experiences from the composer’s performances around the world.

The Greek singer Aliki Kayaloylou will participate, accompanied on the piano, performing works from a variety of song cycles composed by Mikis Theodorakis.

The event will be complemented by an exhibition of photographs and documents related to Kostas Serezis’s talk.

Free entry; booking essential: 020 7563 9835 or press@helleniccentre.org.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre.

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Greek Language Courses

Spring/Summer Term
starts on
Monday 24 April 2017

Spring/Summer Term Courses
Timetable, fees,
term dates,
terms & conditions
available here

Registrations will take place
from 3 April until 18 April

To see which course is right
for your level read our
Syllabus here

General information about
our courses here

Venue Hire

Meeting Rooms available more...


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


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 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":