The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a London borough located in East London; it covers much of the traditional East End. It was formed in 1965 from the merger of the former metropolitan boroughs of Stepney, Poplar and Bethnal Green. The new authority's historical name refers to an alternative title for the Tower Division; the area of south-east Middlesex, focused on (but not limited to) the area of the modern borough, which owed military service to the Tower of London.
The borough lies adjacent to the east side of the City of London and on the north bank of the River Thames. It includes much of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks and Canary Wharf. Many of the tallest buildings in London occupy the centre of the Isle of Dogs in the south of the borough. A part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is in Tower Hamlets. The borough has a population of 272,890, which includes one of the highest Muslim populations in the country and has an established British Bangladeshi business and residential community. Tower Hamlets has the highest proportion of Muslims in England outnumbering Christians, and has more than forty mosques and Islamic centres, including the East London Mosque, Britain's biggest mosque. Brick Lane's restaurants, neighbouring street market and shops provide the largest range of Bengali cuisine, woodwork, carpets and clothes in Europe.
A 2017 study by Trust for London and New Policy Institute found that Tower Hamlets has the highest rate of poverty, child poverty, unemployment, and pay inequality of any London borough. However, it has the lowest gap for educational outcomes at secondary level. The local authority is Tower Hamlets London Borough Council. As of January 2019, the councillors are: 42 Labour, 2 Conservative and 1 Liberal Democrat.
Tower Hamlets community action[edit | edit source]
Arts, sport and culture[edit | edit source]
The Good Gym, run for good
Food activism[edit | edit source]
Open spaces[edit | edit source]
Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]
A-Z recycling guide, information from Tower Hamlets Council
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
The Regent's Canal enters the borough from Hackney to meet the River Thames at Limehouse Basin. A stretch of the Hertford Union Canal leads from the Regent's canal, at a basin in the north of Mile End to join the River Lea at Old Ford. A further canal, Limehouse Cut, London's oldest, leads from locks at Bromley-by-Bow to Limehouse Basin. Most of the canal tow-paths are open to both pedestrians and cyclists. 
Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]
News and comment[edit | edit source]
Braham Street Park opens in Aldgate, a new breathing space close to the City, March 19 
Resources[edit | edit source]
- Common House, "collectively managed space for radical groups, projects and community events", Bethnal Green
- The Tower Hamlets Fairness Commission
Community resources[edit | edit source]
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