Newham Area Guide
Newham is a neighbouring borough to Tower Hamlets and its name reflects its creation and combines the compass points of the old borough names. Newham’s motto is ‘Progress with People’ taken from the Latin ‘Progressio cum Populo’. One of Newham’s main attractions is Westfield Stratford City which is the largest urban shopping centre in Europe, also hosting the biggest casino in London.
The Newham borough is also well known for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the London Stadium. In addition, Newham was one of the six host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics where more than 7,500 Newham volunteers supported the Games and 1,000 residents took part in the opening/closing ceremonies. Newham is also known for the only airport in inner London, London City Airport which is two miles from the Olympic site, three miles from Canary Wharf and six miles from the City of London. Also home to London’s historic Royal Docks, the docks were once the beating heart of Britain’s overseas trades as they were the largest docks in the world attracting shipping from every corner of the globe.
Newham is one of the most ethnically diverse boroughs in the UK. Top languages spoken other than English include Bengali, Urdu, Lithuanian and Romanian. Newham also has the highest proportion of young people in London, where one in four residents are aged 15 years or younger.