London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Shown within Greater London
Status London borough
— Total
Ranked 348th
19.77 km²
ONS code 00BG
Admin HQ Clove Crescent, Blackwall
— Total (2005 est.)
Ranked 61st (of 354)
10,784 / km²
Ethnicity 51.4% White
36.6% South Asian
6.5% Afro-Caribbean
2.6% Mixed Race
1.8% Chinese
0.1% Arab
0.1% Jewish
Leadership Leader & Cabinet
Executive Labour
MPs Jim Fitzpatrick
George Galloway
London Assembly
— Member
City and East
John Biggs
Coat of Arms
Official website

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a London borough to the east of the City of London, England and north of the River Thames in East London.


[edit] History

The name "Tower Hamlets" historically applied to the Tower division of the county of Middlesex, covering not only the present borough, but also part of the present-day London Borough of Hackney. The Constable of the Tower of London had special jurisdiction over the area from the 16th century until 1889. Inhabitants of Tower Hamlets were originally required to provide yeomen for the Tower of London. Later the Constable became Lord Lieutenant of the area, raising and organising the local militia. Under the Reform Act 1832 the area became a parliamentary borough. The name continued to be used for constituencies until 1918.

The borough itself was formed in 1965 out of the former area of the metropolitan boroughs of Bethnal Green, Poplar and Stepney which formed the classic East End.

[edit] Settlement

In contrast to the rest of the borough, Tower Hamlets includes much of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks and Canary Wharf. Within this area are many of the tallest buildings in London.

Tower Hamlets is one of five boroughs to host the London 2012 Summer Olympics and part of the borough is within the boundary of the Thames Gateway.

Areas included in the borough:

[edit] Demographics

According to the 2001 census the borough has a population of 196,106. It is 51% white, 33% Bangladeshi, 3% Black African and 3% black Caribbean. 29% of the borough are owner–occupiers. With 36.4%, the borough is the local authority with the highest percentage of Muslims in Britain.

According to the 2001 census, 52% of the borough's inhabitants were under 30, the highest such figure in England (which has an average of 38%).

[edit] Local landmarks

[edit] Local politics

In elections to the Westminster Parliament, the borough is part of the constituencies of Bethnal Green & Bow and Poplar & Canning Town. It is noted for being the area of largest support for the RESPECT party, where it has 12 councillors and an MP.

[edit] Museums and attractions

[edit] Education

Tower Hamlets' state schools are operated by Tower Hamlets Local Authority [1].

[edit] See also

[edit] External links

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Sui generis: City of London

Enclaves: Inner Temple | Middle Temple

Coordinates: 51°31′N 0°03′Wcs:Tower Hamlets (londýnský obvod) de:London Borough of Tower Hamlets fr:Tower Hamlets nl:Tower Hamlets no:Tower Hamlets ro:Tower Hamlets

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

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