The New Londoners

Vedren Perse with his wife Blanka and daughter.

Vedren Perse was working in Croatia as a lawyer when he was relocated to his company’s office in London. He worked for them until 2001 and then he set up his own business, which is in the oil trade.

He was born in Croatia and moved to London with his wife Blanka in 1992. “On the 29th of February,” he still remembers the exact date.

Blanka was also born and raised in Croatia and her life changed completely when she came to London. In Croatia she was teaching Economics after completing a Master’s in Economics. But when she came to London she studied nutrition and is now working as a nutritionist and kinesiologist on Harley Street.

Their daughter Anya was five years old when she came to London with her parents.

Anya: I work in the art world. I studied Art History and now work for an old master drawings dealer. It’s very nice.

Vedren: You did a Master’s.

Anya: I will probably do a PhD.

In the beginning, Vedren and Blanka travelled a lot and were very interested to explore the country. They would take their family and friends around when they visited.

The family had to return to Croatia in 2001 when Vedren’s contract expired. But they decided to stay on even though they are very close to Croatia and visit regularly for holidays. Although their family is there, they consider London their home. But when they retire, Vedren and Blanka are thinking of splitting their time between both countries.

Blanka: We live here because we like it here, not because we have to. In Croatia, only my mum is alive so we sort of had a plan that one day when we stop working we will live here and in Croatia. We will stay for a month or two or three and then we will come back here. I personally wouldn’t want to leave London forever. I would miss it a lot.