The Croatian community in London is one of the smallest foreign communities living in the capital. It is estimated that there are only about 10,000 Croats in London; some settled 30 or more years ago and some came only recently as au pairs and students.
Some are well-known, like footballers Luka Modric, Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka (all ex-Tottenham Hotspur), Mateo Kovacic and Mario Stanic (currently and previously at Chelsea), Davor Suker and Eduardo (both played at Arsenal), Slaven Bilic (West Ham – both as a player and a manager!) and Mladen Petric (previously Fulham and West Ham); the world-famous pianist Ivo Pogorelich; Mrs Slavica Ecclestone, (ex-) wife of Formula 1 supremo Bernie; and Olympic gold medalist (for Great Britain in the Rowing Eights) Luka Grubor, who is from Zagreb.
In the past, one of the best known Croats was sculptor Oskar Nemon. His works of art grace some London squares (see the famous statue of Winston Churchill within the Houses of Parliament; the one of Viscount Montgomery near the Cenotaph in Whitehall; and the statue of Sigmund Freud outside the Tavistock Institute in Hampstead). The famous Croatian couturier Franka also used to live in London.
For centuries there were also many ties between the city and the country of Croatia. Dubrovnik had a consulate for centuries until Napoleon abolished the republic; Croatian sailors would often stop over in London; and the famous astronomer and philosopher Rudjer Boskovic lived here.
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Croats in the UK – Useful Contacts
21 Conway Street, London W1T 6BN
Tel: 020 7387 2022
British Croatian Business Club
Sunday service (4 pm)
Church of Sacred Heart, Horseferry Road, London SW1P 2EF
BBC World Service, Croatian section
(Now closed, unfortuntely)
British Council in Croatia
Croats in the UK – Useful links:
- See our Flights from the UK & Ireland to Croatia and Tour Operators for Croatia pages for companies that offer flights & holidays to Croatia from the UK.
- Croatia Airlines
Newspapers & Media:
- Croatian Information Centre
The best information, direct from Croatia
- Croatia Focus
Analysis of issues facing Croatia
Franchise portal for Croatia
Croatian music in midi format
- Cro Music
Large collection of Croatian music