Born in the Portuguese city of Viseu, Fátima Veloso was left with no option but to leave her country when the factory she owned closed down. In 2003, she packed her bags and moved to the UK with her 4-year-old daughter. A year later, Fátima’s husband was able to join the family in London – where they have lived ever since.
When you walk into O Cantinho de Portugal, a restaurant located in the heart of Stockwell, you might wonder if you are still in London. Owned by Francisco and Carla Durães, the restaurant looks, smells and feels like Portugal.
In 2005, João Jesus moved to London simply because he wanted “to make music”. Originally from Lisbon, the 31-year-old singer and songwriter has produced two albums so far – the second one was released this month.
Seven years ago, Joana Jesus left Lisbon and moved to London. Since then, she has been involved in a handful of projects – from developing her own curriculum module to starting a YouTube channel.
Born in Vila Franca de Xira, a town north of Portugal’s capital Lisbon, Ryan never felt “100% Portuguese”.
During his time at CNN, Portuguese journalist Duarte Mendonça has had the opportunity to interview football start David Luiz, former New Zealand rugby union player Richie McCaw, and many others.
Now in her late twenties, the nursing graduate has been in London since 2015. But it was in Greece where Fátima took her nursing skills to the next level.
As a 10-year-old, João Lima told his mom that he would like to study abroad. Years after, his childhood dream turned into reality. In 2011, João started a journalism degree and, since then, he has been building a career in the industry.
Born and raised in Lisbon, 26-year-old Carolina loves her city. But London has always been her second love.
As Youth Mayor for Lambeth, Diogo hopes to use his role to inspire young people to get involved in politics.
Before retiring, Michael Towsey used to work at various libraries across the borough of Lambeth, including at the Tate South Lambeth Library – where he now helps Portuguese-speakers learn English.
After graduating from high school, Jéssica Fino moved from a small village near the Portuguese city of Leiria to London.