Stamford Hill is a north London suburb that is quickly becoming popular with renters, mostly thanks to its tight night community where it feels like everyone knows each other.
The area has a large Jewish community. In fact, Stamford has the third-largest Hasidic Jewish population in the world after New York and Israel. And there are several popular Kosher restaurants in the neighbourhood too.
Expect to find tree-lined streets and houses larger than your London average in the N16 postcode. There are also a few open spaces, making Stamford an excellent choice for renters who want to live in a suburb that favours a relaxed way of life.
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Stamford is located in North London and is a sub district of Hackney. It falls under the London Borough of Hackney and is just over five miles to Charing Cross. Neighbouring postcodes include Stoke Newington, South Tottenham and Clapton.
History of Stamford Hill
In the 18th century, Stamford Hill largely attracted financers and merchants thanks to its elevated position that made it a desirable place to live with good views over London.
It was mostly a rural area until the arrival of the railway and tram in 1872. As a result, Stamford Hill became a busy interchange as it was the place where the north of the city met the Hackney tram line. By 1924, Camden was added to the line.
Stamford has been a popular area with the Jewish community since the Montefiore family settled there in the late 19th century. Since then, it's evolved into a vibrant Jewish community with more synagogues in one square mile than the rest of London combined.
Who lives there?
As noted, there is a strong Jewish presence in Stamford; it has the third-largest Hasidic Jewish population in the world. According to the 2011 Census, Stamford has an overall population of 68,000.
Renting in Stamford Hill
There's a large selection of Victorian and Edwardian properties in Stamford Hill, which makes the area popular with young families and sharers. Many of these have also been converted to apartments.
New builds are few and far between, though there are some in the area. Quartet offers a selection of one, two and three-bedroom homes a short walk from Stamford Hill Overground station.
Expect to pay around £1,300 per month for a one-bedroom home and £1,700 for a two-bedroom property. Three-bedroom-and-up properties fetch anywhere between £2,200 and £2,700 per month.
Stamford Hill travel
Stamford Hill Overground station is the primary transport hub in the N16 postcode and offers direct services to London Liverpool Street in just over 15 minutes. Stoke Newington Overground is also nearby.
There's also a local bus network that serves the local area and neighbouring postcodes well. Stamford Hill is located in Zone 3, and Stoke Newington falls under Zone 2.
Stamford Hill Eateries
Grill on the Hill
As a traditional Kosher restaurant, Grill on the Hill serves up a range of tasty Mediterranean cuisine. Enjoy lamb and chicken shawarmas, shish kebab and more in this friendly neighbourhood restaurant.
If you're looking for traditional Italian food, get yourself down to Primavera. Based in Stoke Newington, the restaurant is just a short journey from Stamford Hill and serves up a range of classic and modern Italian dishes.
Deli Ninety Eight
A local run deli, Deli Ninety Eight is a big hit with locals. The menu includes Heimishe food with a modern twist and has dishes that range as far back as the 1920s. There are also vegetarian and vegan dishes.
Things to do in Stamford Hill
Stoke Newington Farmers Market
Just a four-minute walk from Stamford Hill is where you will find the Stoke Newington Farmers Market. Shop for a range of delicious ingredients from local stallholders at one of North London's most popular farmers' markets.
Known as one of the "magnificent seven" garden cemeteries on London, Abney Park is a woodland, memorial park and nature reserve. Go for a scenic stroll, learn how to carve a spoon or chisel stone, and attend one of the unique events held at the park throughout the year.
Browse art exhibitions, discover photography displays and listen to jazz at MostArt Centre in Stoke Newington. There's a bar to grab a drink and a downstairs performance room too. See some of the best local talents at MostArt Centre.
Moving to Stamford
Stamford Hill should be on the list for your next move if you like the idea of an area with a strong sense of community. With excellent travel links into The City, and hotspot neighbouring postcodes like Stoke Newington and Hackney, you'll be sure to enjoy everything Stamford Hill has to offer and more.