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. It includes much of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks and Canary Wharf. Many of the tallest buildings in London are located on the Isle of Dogs in the south of the borough.
Tower Hamlets is one of five London boroughs which have been designated host boroughs for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
According to the 2001 census key statistics for the borough include:
- a population of 196,106.
- 52% are under 30, the highest percentage in England (average 38%)
- 51% of the population is white, 33% Bangladeshi, 3% Black African and 3% black Caribbean.
- 29% of the borough are owner–occupiers.
At the 2001 census, the borough had the highest rate of unemployment in Great Britain at 12.7%. Part of the borough is within the boundary of the Thames Gateway development area.
There are lots of housing estates in Tower Hamlets, each with at least several tower blocks.