Welcome to a walking tour of Hungarian London online!
Through these pages you can sample the impact that Hungarians, past and present, have had on London: the cultural and historical traces they left behind, their communities, meeting points, and organisations. Join us in following London’s Hungarian language and culture trail; browse events and websites related to Hungary and Hungarian.
Since Hungary’s 2004 EU accession London’s Hungarian population began to grow again. “London is the second largest Hungarian city” is now an oft-repeated popular wisdom in Budapest. The fast growing community of Hungarian intellectuals, doctors, au-pairs, service-industry and city-workers is not without precursors. There have been large waves of migration throughout the 20th century: in the interwar period, after the Second World War, following the demise of the 1956 anti-Soviet uprising, and around the time of the 1989 political changes. Read more about London’s early Hungarians here.
Among the first Hungarian settlers of London there were teachers of Latin, lecturers, and polyglots but the presence of Hungarians can be traced in London’s architecture, cinema, theatre, and science, from the Scarlet Pimpernel to James Bond, from the stones of the Houses of Parliament to holography, and from the Colourstrings Music School to the stage of the Royal Opera. Explore these trails with the help of the map below or read about all this in more detail by clicking on the links that follow it and in the right-hand menu.