With its large homes, nearby green spaces and overground links to the city, Stamford Hill is a great place to lay roots.
On the western edge is the stunning Woodberry Wetlands nature reserve, which was opened by Sir David Attenborough, Abney Park Cemetery (one of London’s Magnificent Seven) is on the southern boundary and Springfield Park to the east is just a short walk and backs on to the River Lea.
Home to the largest Charedi Orthodox Jewish community in Europe, Stamford Hill even has its own volunteer emergency response first aid service Hatzola (which means ‘rescue’ in Hebrew) and their own security group Shomrim (which means ‘watchmen’).
The neighbourhood is home to people from all walks of life, including residents of black African, black Caribbean, Turkish and Kurdish heritage.
There are many of larger homes here and, unlike other parts of London, few have been divided into apartments. Lots of development is happening in the area so smaller, newer homes are also cropping up.
A visit to Stamford Hill wouldn’t be complete without popping into Grodzinski (London’s oldest Kosher bakery). They have been serving the community since 1888 and have branches in Dunsmore Road and Clapton Common. The menu includes wonderful pastries and a great selection of Challa (delicious breads). They also have a deli serving salads, sandwiches and omelettes. Kohn’s Bakery is also popular!
Keep an eye out for occasional walking tours of the area, led by Rabbi Mendy – they offer a fascinating insight into Chasidic culture, and promise the best rugelach of London (pasties with cream cheese, apricot and cinnamon).
The area is packed with kosher supermarkets, fishmongers, butchers and clothing stores. Neighbouring Stoke Newington and Clapton offer great options for nightlife.
Nearby facilities include Kings Hall Leisure Centre in Lower Clapton and Clissold Leisure Centre in Stoke Newington.