Turkish Community in London

Posted: February 4, 2011 by dukefrederick in Countries, general, photography
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There are over 350,000 people in London’s Turkish Community. Ninety percent of the Turks in the United Kingdom live in the capital.

People started to come to the UK from Cyprus for work after the Second World War, and then again when Turkish Cypriots were forced to leave their homes during the Cyprus conflict in the late 1960s. Turks then began to come from Turkey for work and a better living.

There are large Turkish speaking neighbourhoods in London, where there are Turkish flags in shops, supermarkets, restaurants, and Kebab shops. You will also hear people speaking Turkish on the street, and smell Turkish food.

The best known Turkish areas are in north east London; Hackney, Tottenham, Enfield, Edmonton and Wood Green. There are also some Turkish areas in south London; Croydon, Peckham, also Hammersmith and Chelsea in the west.

There are also several Turkish mosques in London. The most famous are the Aziziye mosque, the Validesultan mosque in Stoke Newington and the Suleymaniye mosque in Hackney. There are summer festivals from every mosque to raise money for the mosques.

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  1. evelinasec says:

    Well done FB. Good to see your first post here. 🙂
    The photographs really underline the fact that are many Turkish businesses In London.
    Have you any ideas for other posts about the Turkish Community in London?

  2. idris says:

    Last year most successful turks event took place. It can give an idea about the turkish community in UK.
    The web site of the event is below :

  3. Aleunam says:

    What an interesting article. I learnt a lot about the history of the Turkish community in the UK, and was so pleased to see you made it into school! Hope to read more from you this week.

  4. HollieBain says:

    There are a lot of interesting facts in this article that I was unaware of. I certainly have learnt something today! I look forward to reading more as I find the culture and customs intriguing.

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