Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a borough to the east of the City of London and north of the River Thames. It is in the eastern part of London and covers much of the traditional East End. It also includes much of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks and Canary Wharf. A part of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is also within Tower Hamlets.

The Borough of Tower Hamlets takes its name directly from the Tower of London which is within its boundaries and translates from “The Tower and its many Hamlets”

This is a truly apt name for the borough, for although the area is now one of the most densely populated areas of the country and all of these “hamlets” are now all very much intertwined each area still retains its own character.

Below are just a few of the examples and points of interest within the borough but this is by no means an exhaustive list as I am sure you will enjoy discovering for yourself.

Columbia Road

Columbia Road
The Columbia Road market was originally founded in the 19th century. Traders congregated to sell their stock but back then there was no Sunday trading for markets but because of the influx of Jewish immigrants whose religious day is Saturday the traders made an application to Parliament to allow Sunday trading. In 1927 traders became licensed to trade specific goods and the market became specialised in flowers and plants. Selling colourful plants, exotic flowers, garden furniture & accessories. Its once old warehouse buildings surrounding the street have now been converted into shops, restaurants and modern style apartments. Trading hours are between 8am – 2pm Sundays only.

Brick Lane

Brick Lane
Brick Lane gets its name from the local manufacture of Bricks. Beer was also brewed on Brick Lane in the Truman Brewery, which was founded in 1669. The Truman brewery can still be seen today but has been converted into workshops, studios and a bar. On the corner of Brick Lane and Fournier Street is a mosque originally built in 1744 as a Church it was then brought by the Jewish Immigrant society in 1897 and soon became a Synagogue but is now an Islamic place of worship. Brick Lane today is otherwise know as Bangla Town with its many leather clothes shops, bars and Bangladeshi Restaurants and convenience stores.

St Katherines Dock

St Katherines Dock
St Katherine’s Dock is on the outskirts of the City of London. A great riverside attraction with its Bars & Restaurants. Only a short walk to The Tower of London & London Bridge. The marina has yachts moored up and a lock that leads to the River Thames. After a morning at the Flower Market and lunch on Brick Lane there really are few better places to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon.

Tower Of London

Tower Of London
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets takes its name from the historical association between the Tower of London and its surrounding Hamlets. The Tower of London has been home to some of the jewels and precious metal objects of the English Monarchy since at least the 13th Century. A wonderful place to soak up some of the incredible history this city of ours has to offer.

Spitalfields

Spitalfields
Spitalfields was founded in 1197, in the heart of London’s East End. It wasn’t until 1920 when the City of London acquired control of the market. For the next 70 years the reputation grew and become famous for its ‘fruit and veg’ trade. In May 1991 the Old Spitalfields Market moved to bigger premises in Leyton. But with the original building still standing retaining many original features the smell of fresh fruit & veg still lingers on. Since 1991 the Old Spitalfields Market has established itself again with independent shops and stalls selling a variety of food, vintage clothing and home ware as well as trendy bars and restaurants.

Victoria Park

Tower Of London
Or as we know it locally “Vicky Park” opened in 1845. It stretches out across part of the East End of London, bordering parts of Bethnal Green, Bow, and Hackney. The park has two cafes and two playgrounds, one on either side of the park, sporting facilities and a skate park in the East. The park has many historic artefacts and features, decorative gardens, wild natural areas and open grass lands. Victoria Park is also a concert venue and hosts festivals each year. The park is approximately a mile away from the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Vicky Park has won the Green Flag People's Choice Award for the most popular public green space in 2012, 2014 and 2015, no other park in the UK has won the award three times.

Broadway Market

Broadway Market
One of the original chartered open markets in London. Broadway Market has undergone a major re-vamp and is a buzzing and up & coming area with its many bars and restaurants. The architecture around the market is well worth a look at and the Regent's Canal runs along the bottom and leads to Victoria Park and along past the Olympic Park to meet the River Thames at Limehouse Basin. Most of the canal tow-paths are open to both pedestrians and cyclists and you would be surprised what an interesting day can be spent along the canals.

Limehouse Basin

Limehouse Basin
The Limehouse Basin provides a navigable link between the Regent's Canal and the River Thames, through the Limehouse Basin Lock. A basin in the north of Mile End, near Victoria Park connects with the Hertford Union Canal leading to the River Lee Navigation. The dock originally covered an area of about 15 acres. The Basin lies between the Docklands Light Railway line and historic Narrow Street. Directly to the east is a small park, Ropemaker's Fields.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Broadway Market
In 2013 the former Olympic Park re-opened as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - a site of over 250 acres of beautifully landscaped open space and 6.5 km of waterways. The multi-use arena, known as the Copper Box during the 2012 Games, also reopened in summer 2013 creating the third largest arena in London for concerts & sporting events. The south of the park around the Stadium, the Aquatics Centre and the Orbit, is an urban entertainment plaza where events are run. The north of the park features a river valley, centred around waterways, parkland and green space - offering outdoor activities. The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will surely become one of the premier places in London to live over coming years.

Public Transport

Limehouse Basin
We are blessed with an abundance of Public Transport in Tower Hamlets and far too much to list here. We have five tube lines running through the borough, numerous busses, trains, the Docklands Light Railway, Crossrail and Boris Bikes on every corner. For more information, please visit www.tfl.gov.uk.