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London Districts - E1 & E14


Tower Hamlets

The E1 postcode in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets covers an area of wide contrasts due to it’s proximity to both the City and the traditionally poorer East End.

Although not considered part of the City proper the main commercial sector of the area is situated just outside the square mile and adjacent to Liverpool Street Station and Bishopsgate in Aldgate East and Spitalfields. Notable recent developments in the area include the 800,000 sq.ft. Bishops Square, home to Allen & Overy solicitors and Deutsche Bank with the development pipeline being dominated by the 700,000 plus sq.ft. development of Aldgate Union opposite Aldgate East Station. Closer to the Thames, the 175,000 sq.ft. Tower Bridge House at St Katherine’s Dock and the 550,000 sq.ft. Thomas More Square, where current occupiers include JP Morgan, Skanska AB and Virgin Media.

Notable Areas

  • Aldgate East
  • Commercial Road
  • Mile End Road
  • Rotherhithe
  • Shadwell
  • Shoreditch
  • Spitalfields
  • Stepney
  • Whitechapel
  • Wapping


Docklands and Canary Wharf

‘The Docklands’ is the semi-official name for this area in the east of London, comprising parts of several boroughs (Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Newham and Greenwich). The docks were formerly part of the Port of London, at one time the world's largest port. They have now been redeveloped principally for commercial and residential use.

Over the past 20 years, the population of the Docklands has more than doubled and the area has become a major business centre. Transport links have improved significantly, with the Isle of Dogs gaining a tube connection via the Jubilee Line Extension and the DLR being extended to Beckton, Lewisham, London City Airport, North Woolwich and Stratford.

Canary Wharf has become one of Europe's biggest clusters of skyscrapers and a direct challenge to the financial dominance of the City. Canary Wharf contains the UK's three tallest buildings: One Canada Square (sometimes known as the Canary Wharf Tower) at 771 ft (235.1 m); followed by HSBC Tower and the Citigroup Centre, both at 654 ft (199.5 m).

The revival of the Docklands has had major effects in run-down surrounding areas. Greenwich and Deptford are undergoing large-scale redevelopment, chiefly as a result of the improved transport links making them more attractive to commuters.

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