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London area of Tower Hamlets guide

What to do and where to stay in London's Tower Hamlets neighbourhood

The great bulk of William the Conqueror's Tower of London looms over the area of Tower Hamlets, a high citadel where the French ruler could fortify himself against his rebellious subjects. The eastern streets of Tower Hamlets are now filled with a different kind of rebellion, as young artists take over abandoned buildings to stage spontaneous exhibitions of revolutionary new work and underground nightclubs are the hotbed of London's punk and New Rave scene. In the south of the area, Tower Bridge and St Katherine'''s Dock provide attractive views, which can be enjoyed from The Tower hotel, and the Canary Wharf complex is home to London's (soon to be second) tallest building and the headquarters of many of the world's most powerful corporations - with the notable exception of Bear Stearns, the notorious US investment bank which went bust during the latest global financial crisis.

See our recommended nearby Tower Hamlets Hotels, Events, Entertainment, Sights and Attractions, Shopping, Restaurants, Pubs, Nightlife, Leisure, Education, and Meeting Venues.

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Hotels near Tower Hamlets

Near Tower Hamlets
Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse London

Holiday Inn Express London Limehouse

from 51 36% off
469-475 The Highway, London, E1W 3HN 13 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Being just a bit out of the city centre this modern, hotel is popular with the budget traveller. It's close to Canary Wharf and Tower Bridge ...More

Marriott Executive Apartments - West India Quay, London London

Marriott Executive Apartments - West India Quay, London

from 116 36% off
22 Hertsmere Road, Canary Wharf, London, E14 4ED 18 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Ideal for business travellers, the Marriott Executive Apartments London, West India Quay is in the heart of Canary Wharf. With both one and two bedroom options ...More

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside London

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside

from 63 39% off
265 Rotherhithe Street, London, SE16 5HW 19 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

The only hotel in London with its own pier, the DoubleTree by Hilton London Docklands Riverside offers views across London's iconic River Thames. Taking inspiration from ...More

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Events near Tower Hamlets

Near Tower Hamlets
W.A.S.P. London

W.A.S.P.

Dates: Friday 11th September 2015 - 7pm
Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 0HX 11 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Rock and heavy metal quartet led by Blackie Lawless....More

Elves And The Shoemaker: Theatre Of Widdershins (Over 3s) London

Elves And The Shoemaker: Theatre Of Widdershins (Over 3s)

Dates: Saturday 26th September 2015 at 11am-11.50am and 2pm-2.50pm
Half Moon Young People's Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 0ND 11 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Children's puppet show....More

Fun Palaces London

Fun Palaces

Dates: Saturday 3rd October 2015 - 10am-4pm
Half Moon Young People's Theatre, 43 White Horse Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 0ND 11 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

All about the community; free annual celebrations of arts and sciences, made by & for local people....More

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Entertainment near Tower Hamlets

Near Tower Hamlets
Half Moon Young People's Theatre London
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Half Moon Young People's Theatre

43 White Horse Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 0ND 11 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

An excellent youth theatre housed in an old Victorian townhouse, the Half Moon has been entertaining young Londoners since the mid-1970s. Occupying the former Limehouse Board ...More

Troxy London
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Troxy

490 Commercial Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 0HX 11 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

This splendid 1930s art deco Grade II listed East End dance hall has a capacity of over 2,600 and prides itself as "London's most versatile venue". ...More

Jamboree London

Jamboree

566 Cable Street, Tower Hamlets, E1W 3HB 12 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Jamboree is an independent live music venue in Limehouse, within the heart of London's East End, offering an eclectic programme of music including jazz, world/mediterranean, folk ...More

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Sights and Attractions near Tower Hamlets

The best museums, galleries, attractions near Tower Hamlets
Matt's Gallery London

Matt's Gallery

42-44 Copperfield Road, Tower Hamlets, E3 4RR 2 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Don't ring up the gallery asking to speak to Matt - the name above the door refers to the gallery owner's dog, Matt E. Mulsion. Robin ...More

Ragged School Museum London

Ragged School Museum

46-50 Copperfield Road, Bow, Tower Hamlets, E3 4RR 2 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Based in canalside warehouses which once housed Barnardo's largest ragged school, this museum focuses on the history of the East End and, in particular, the Copperfield ...More

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park London
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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

The Soanes Centre, Southern Grove, Tower Hamlets, E3 4PX 8 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

What was once one of the seven large Victorian burial sites in London is now a wonderfully if slightly spooky green space. Opened in 1841Tower Hamlets ...More

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Shopping near Tower Hamlets

The best shops and markets near Tower Hamlets
H S Linwood & Son London

H S Linwood & Son

458 Bow Common Lane, Mile end , Tower Hamlets, E3 4JA 5 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Salmon, snappers, sardines, scallops and sea trout jostle for space on an open-fronted stall, while a traditional cash machine chimes in the background, at this traditional ...More

Silverman's Government Surplus London

Silverman's Government Surplus

2 Harford Street, Tower Hamlets, E1 4PS 8 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Military wear...More

Silvermans Government Surplus London

Silvermans Government Surplus

2 Harford Street, Tower Hamlets, E1 4PS 8 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Army collectables, surplus and items direct from military suppliers. Mail order available....More

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Restaurants near Tower Hamlets

What are the best dining options near Tower Hamlets London?
Indiana Restaurant London
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Indiana Restaurant

129 Salmon Lane, Tower Hamlets, E14 7PG 7 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Indian/South Asian Cuisine...More

Zain's Restaurant & Grill London
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Zain's Restaurant & Grill

558 Mile End Road, Mile End, Tower Hamlets, E3 4PH 10 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Crafting vibrant flavours of the East, Zain's Restaurant & Grill offers a laidback family-run eatery in the lively East End. Making use of a daily delivered ...More

La Figa Restaurant London
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La Figa Restaurant

The Mosaic, 45 Narrow Street, Tower Hamlets, E14 8DN 12 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

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Pubs near Tower Hamlets

The best pubs near London Tower Hamlets.
New Globe London

New Globe

359 Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, E3 4QS 9 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

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Morgan Arms London
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Morgan Arms

43 Morgan Street, Tower Hamlets, E3 5AA 12 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Yet another conversion of a grimy and atmospheric East end boozer into a gastropub, but in this case it's been done so well that it's hard ...More

The Narrow London
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The Narrow

44 Narrow Street, Tower Hamlets, E14 8DQ 12 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Having been such a huge influence on British gastropub fare, it was only a matter of time before Gordon Ramsay opened one himself. As is so ...More

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Nightlife near Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
BJ's White Swan London

BJ's White Swan

556 Commercial Road, Tower Hamlets, E14 7JD 9 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

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Leisure near Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Revolution Karting London
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Revolution Karting

Arches 422-424 Mile End Park, Burdett Road, Tower Hamlets, E3 4AA 3 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

It's not exactly Formula 1 but get behind the wheel of a go-kart and you'll certainly feel like you're ready to give Lewis Hamilton a ...More

Mile End Stadium London

Mile End Stadium

Rhodeswell Road, Poplar, Tower Hamlets, E14 7TW 4 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

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Mile End Stadium London

Mile End Stadium

Rhodeswell Road, Tower Hamlets, E14 7TW 5 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

A multi-sports stadium located in Mile End Park in east London, the Mile End Stadium has covered seating for 440 people as well as a full ...More

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Education near Tower Hamlets

Near Tower Hamlets
Queen Mary, University of London London

Queen Mary, University of London

Learning Development Unit, Mile End Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 4NS 8 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Under 200 per week. Maximum group size 20....More

European-Atlantic Diplomatic Academy London

European-Atlantic Diplomatic Academy

ACCD Headquarters London, P. O Box 50561, Docklands, Tower Hamlets, E16 3WY 8 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

Established to enhance academic and practical studies of global trade, commercial diplomacy, international affairs as well as the knowledge and practice of anti-corruption policy, anti-human trafficking, ...More

College of Venereal Disease Prevention London

College of Venereal Disease Prevention

PJ House, 3 - 5 Globe Road, Tower Hamlets, E1 4DT 12 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

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Meeting venue hire near Tower Hamlets

Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Tower Hamlets.
The Cruising Association (CA) London

The Cruising Association (CA)

CA House, 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, Tower Hamlets, E14 8BT 11 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

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Express By Holiday Inn- Limehouse London

Express By Holiday Inn- Limehouse

469-475 The Highway, Tower Hamlets, E1W 3HN 13 minutes away from Tower Hamlets

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