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Glasgow Eurowalk 5 – around Kelvingrove (3 KM)

Point C - Sikorski Polish Club

The Sikorski Polish Club at 5 Parkgrove Terrace was established by Polish soldiers in the late 1940’s as a home from home because they could not return to their beloved Poland. Polish culture, traditions and heritage are celebrated. 

Photo J. Wilson

The club is named in honour of General Władysław Sikorski, Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile and Commander-in-Chief of the Polish Forces during much of the Second World War. Established in 1954, and the prime focus of the Polish community in Glasgow ever since, it offers a restaurant, lounge bar, discussion groups, language classes etc.  

Other Polish links with Scotland include:

Bonnie Prince Charlie, who was half Polish, being the son of James Edward Stewart and Clementina Sobieska, granddaughter of Jan Sobieski King of Poland.

Chopin, who played in Glasgow, and was one of Poland’s greatest composers. We also feature the place he played on our Eurowalk 6 in the town centre. 

If you would like to read further about the Polish community then you may wish to refer to Tomasz Ziarski-Kernberg’s thesis on the Polish community in Scotland available on the University of Glasgow website at http://theses.gla.ac.uk/704/1/1990kernbergphd.pdf. His book – “The Polish Community on Scotland” updates his thesis was published by Caldra House Limited, Hove, Sussex, in 2000.