Tower Hamlets is a highly urban and densely populated borough in the East End of London.

The diversity of its population is matched only by its geography: the Tower of London and the city lie on its western border, with Canary Wharf, the docklands developments and now the Olympic Park to the East.


On its southern border is the river Thames, and to the north, Victoria Park, “the lungs of the East End”.

Although Tower Hamlets is one of the smallest UK boroughs by land mass (7th out of 326), it is also one of the most densely populated with 254,100 residents recorded in the 2011 Census.

The borough comprises the majority of the traditional East End including places such as Bethnal Green, Bow, Bromley-by-Bow, Globe Town, the Isle of Dogs, Limehouse, Mile End, Poplar, Shadwell, Spitalfields, Stepney, Wapping, Whitechapel and a significant part of Shoreditch.