A locals' guide to Tower Hamlets
"Full of life and great people, Bethnal Green can confidently lay claim to being the heart of London..."Chris Manderson
"Bounded by canals and close to the Olympic Park, I often go running round Victoria Park."Alexandra Haywood (nee Lega)
"There are loads of great shops, bars and restaurants surrounding Spitalfields Market and only a short walk from Liverpool Street."James Glen
Where do Tower Hamlets locals go?
Skateboarding through Victoria Park is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Possibly heading to Broadway Market after to find coffee and more than likely after a few skateboard tricks, a pharmacy.
Submitted by Daisy
Swing Patrol Victoria Park
I love the beginner swing dance classes at The Royal Inn on the Park every Tuesday. The classes are fun, the teachers and students are friendly and the dancing is great! A great way to meet new people, get some exercise and, of course, learn to dance.
Submitted by Stef
The Palm Tree
A local drinking institution that retains its traditional decor - a proper East End boozer with plenty of character in Millennium Park.
Submitted by Andrew
This place is great for brunches and lunches. They have a cabaret place downstairs so you really could stay all day if you wanted to!
Submitted by Matthew
A great place to grab a coffee, freshly prepared snacks or cake, while overlooking one of Victoria Park's lakes.
Submitted by Andrew
A club based off Hackney Road where international DJs and live acts play regularly. It also has terrace parties in the summer.
Submitted by Reese
Chrisp Street Market
Poplar's vibrant pedestrianised market and one of a few places in London where you can buy a baguette and then a mop in under a minute!
Submitted by Grace
Pure heaven for chocolate lovers! Handmade chocolates in a vast variety of flavours.
Submitted by Emma
The best food at this little hidden gem in London! Great for occasions and loads of specials - the seafood is the best thing they do.
Submitted by Olivia
Amazing Turkish pastries and much more! It's the perfect spot for breakfast or lunch, with lovely views as well.
Submitted by Vaida
A lovely riverside tavern hidden on the east side of the Isle with excellent food. The best place for a Sunday roast in East London and a good selection of real ales too.
Submitted by Dominic
Victoria Park Market
Open every Sunday, you can enjoy a Sunday walk in the park and have a bite to eat and a pint in the middle of it! Great day out with family or friends on a nice and sunny day.
Submitted by Michal
Why do you find Tower Hamlets a great place to live?
"Local schools and neighbour support."
What do you like about Tower Hamlets?
Did you know?
"The American Dennis Severs captured a perfect recreation of what it would be like to live in the 17th century by turning this house in Spitafields into a "time capsule" of different historical styles that is now open to the public...including different smells for the different epochs!"
Explore Tower Hamlets
Child-friendly activities near Tower Hamlets
Tiny Time Music- Royak Inn- Victoria ParkRoyal Inn on the Park
Bring your babies and toddlers to join Holly, Anita and Steven for a fun introduction to musical concepts, using singing, instrument playing, listening and dancing to music from classical traditions, contemporary music and music from around the world! Drop in class. No need to book! Website
Mum & Baby YogaYoga Place
Postnatal and baby yoga class. The class target areas such as pelvic floor strengthening, relaxing shoulders and necks, lower backs, wrists and lots of twists for the tummy, and provides ease fpr colic, constipation and teething, etc. for baby. The session ends with mum and baby relaxation followed by tea and cake! Website
Frogprince Baby Music - Hackney City FarmHackney City Farm
Based on the use of simple and common music instruments like acoustic guitar, piano, toy percussion, voice and the most popular songs and nursery rhymes for children, Frogprince Baby Music Class is a path toward the joy of socializing through music. Website
Gymboree are the experts in early childhood development and we know children, we know what works, what engages, and what is appropriate for the many different developmental stages between birth and age 5. Website
LCF Language School
Give your little ones a head start in exploring and understanding other languages. LCF Language School is running classes in French and Spanish. Children will be taught in fun, interactive sessions using games, craft, drama, story-times and active play. Website
Tower Hamlets Mums and Dads to be eveningBrowns Hertsmere Road
Fun informal and social evenings for pregnant ladies and their partners to meet others who live in Tower Hamlets for a chat and a nibble. Compare notes on pram-buying find out the latest information about where to give birth in the area and much more as well as meeting other local parents-to-be in the area. Third Tuesday of each month (except August and December) Website
David Stinson Holiday SchoolsSt Edmunds School,
May Half Term: Alice in Funkyland - The 'Hip' Tale A more modernised adaptation of 'Alice in Wonderland', that is more cool and trendy for our very cool kids. Summer Week 1: Fame The Musical - Street Style A children's version of Fame The Musical that incorporates street dance rather than technical jazz dance and ballet. Everybody loves a bit of Fame! Summer Week 2: X Factor The Musical A musical comedy based on the highs and lows of The X Factor. You'll experience talent as well as... well... not so much talent! Summer Week 3: Follow The Yellow Brick Road An adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz' where scarecrows meet tin men and where lions fear witches and wizards. A pure comedy that will get you laughing. Summer Week 4: Ollie & Annie The Musical A cleverly adaptation and mash up of 'Annie The Musical' and 'Oliver The Musical'. Ollie and Annie become friends and help each other succeed. Website
About Tower Hamlets
The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a London borough to the east of the City of London and north of the River Thames. It is in the eastern part of London and covers much of the traditional East End. It also 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, in spite of being close to the centre of London and perhaps retaining the idea of it being the docklands area, has over 100 areas of parks and open spaces within its boundaries. These range from the huge (Victoria Park) to small gardens and squares.
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