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London Borough of Tower Hamlets
|London Borough of Tower Hamlets|
Shown within Greater London
- Total (2002 est.)
10,462 / km²
|Tower Hamlets London Borough Council|
|Leadership:||Leader & Cabinet|
|MPs:||Jim Fitzpatrick, Oona King|
|City and East London|
- John Biggs
The area has been known as the Tower Hamlets for centuries, originally literally referring to the small hamlets to the east of City of London near the Tower of London. The name derives from the ancient practice that those hamlets were required by law in the 16th century to provide yeomen for the Tower of London.
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.
Areas included in the borough:
- Bethnal Green
- Cubitt Town
- Isle of Dogs
- Mile End
- Old Ford
Demographics of Tower Hamlets
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.
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