Tower Hamlets Area Guide
Tower Hamlets takes its name from the historical relationship between the Tower of London and the surrounding hamlets (villages). The Tower Hamlets borough is London’s fastest-growing population with nearly half its population aged between 20 – 39 years with an average age of 30 years; one of the lowest in the UK. Our main office branch is situated in Mile End and most of our properties are based in this exceptional borough.
Alongside some of the wealthiest income households, the Tower Hamlets borough also has the highest rates of pensioner and child poverty in England. Prompted by the poor conditions in the East End, the famous The Salvation Army was formed to help the poor. A statue figure on Whitechapel Road memorialises William Booth and his mission. The Whitechapel area is also infamous for the haunt of Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper. The piers around the famous Canary Wharf were once a part of the world’s largest port, and it takes its name from the many goods imported from the Canary Islands.
From the crowds of bargain hunters at Spitalfields to the curry houses of Brick Lane, you will be hard-pressed to find a borough as unique as Tower Hamlets.
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a bubbling pot of kaleidoscopic variety. From the bustling strings of hawkers in Brick Lane and Whitechapel markets to the colourful spread of flowers on Columbia Road, Tower Hamlets is a rich combination of aromas, sights, and over 90 different languages which inspire its active and, mainly, Bangladeshi population.
Tower Hamlets is unique in the way that it accommodates such a wealth of variety, despite being the smallest boroughs in London. Almost half of the population is from an ethnic minority background, and this has given rise to some vibrant markets, restaurants, and shops.