Stamford Hill in the borough of Hackney has Europe’s biggest population of Hasidic Jews, with over 20,000. While there have been Jewish residents here since the 18th century, it was during the Second World War that saw the biggest number of immigrants arrive. The area is easily distinguishable from its neighbours as most of the men sport top hats, long black coats and curly sidelocks, all elements of traditional Orthodox dress. If you’re after a kosher supermarket, a Jewish bakery or a salt beef bagel there are few other places that will offer the same variety. Stamford Hill is also home to many single-sex, private Jewish schools.
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