Most Brits know Austria best from its many appearances on the big screen – everything from ‘The Sound of Music’ to ‘Spectre’ has been partly filmed in our lovely landscapes. With only around 7,000 Austrian expats living in London, we’re by no means a big presence in this diverse city. But Austrians have lived in the UK for centuries, including a large influx of refugees during the years of the Nazi regime. Among them was Sigmund Freud, who arrived in London in 1938 and lived here until his death a year later. (His house in Hampstead is now open to the public as the Freud Museum.)
These days, most Austrians residing in London are young people trading the cosy Viennese vibe for funky, worldly London. And despite our small numbers, we’ve managed to quietly introduce Austrian food and culture – because you can only face so many full Englishes before you’re in dire need of a semmel mit marmelade. Teresa Ellhotka
Did you know? Fancy a waltz? The Austrian Club London hosts a grand, traditional Viennese ball every year. It’s in November, so start practising your twirls now.
Teresa’s favourite Austrian spots in London
Excellent Austrian electronic pop duo HVOB play Oval Space on Thursday April 27, accompanied by Winston Marshall of Mumford & Sons.
While away your weekends the Viennese way: by spending hours in the classic Austrian-style ‘kaffeehaus’ Kipferl, sipping a ‘melange’ (flat white) and reading a newspaper.
Austria may be famous for its sausages, but the true star of Viennese nights is a proper kebab. Head to German Döner Kebab (various locations) to get the real deal.
Aimed at promoting the cultural exchange between the UK and Austria, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Knightsbridge hosts events ranging from readings and film screening to exhibitions – all free
The best of Austrian London, according to you
‘I’m more of a Tyrol than Vienna fan, so my cravings are best served by the wandering street food truck Speckmobile.’ Lauren F via timeout.com
‘From sacher torte to apfelstrudel, Kipferl in Angel is the place to go for proper Austrian cake and coffee.’ Chris S via timeout.com
‘The Tiroler Hut in Queensway! Great food and entertainment!’ Anne-Cécile N via Facebook