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.

Tower Hamlets - Elms Estates

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.

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Brick Lane - Elms Estates

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.

Tower of London - Elms Estates

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.

Victoria Park - Elms Estates

Victoria Park

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.

Limehouse Basin - Elms Estates

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.

Public Transport - Elms Estates

Public Transport

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