Croats in the UK

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.

Croats in the UK

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

Croatian Embassy
21 Conway Street, London W1T 6BN
Tel: 020 7387 2022

British Croatian Business Club

British Croatian Society
5 Well Road, London NW3 1LH

Croatian Catholic Mission
Pater: Ljubomir Simunovic
17 Boutflower Road, London SW11
Tel: 020 7223 3530

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


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