The Hungarian state has purchased a seven-story property in downtown London’s City of Westminster to be used to establish a Hungarian cultural center in the United Kingdom, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó announced on Sunday.
“The Hungarian government has bought a a large, seven-story iconic building in the vicinity of Trafalgar Square in order to be able to preserve and display our culture in a manner fit for a country with a 1,000-year statehood,” Szijjártó said in a video posted on his social media platforms.
The Hungarian foreign minister explained that Hungary does not currently have such a venue in the U.K. capital. When completed, the building will offer a theater, alongside a café and a weekend school, and it will also host various events and exhibitions.
“Many Hungarians live in and around London, but so far the city did not have a home for Hungarian culture, Hungarian community and the preservation of Hungarian identity,” Szijjártó said.
The minister did not disclose the purchase price, however, similar properties on the market are reaching prices upwards of €30 million.