Traditionally a vibrant working class area and home to London's dockworkers, Tower Hamlets is modernising and blooming into one of the great family-friendly areas of London.
Here you can find Victoria Park, London's oldest public park (recently refurbished), Mile End Park and Locksley Park where
children can spend hours jumping, sliding, running, bouncing and skating. Or how about a cycle ride along the Thames or Regent's Canal? Go to Tower Hill, follow the river bank and discover the beauty of Wapping and the Docklands.
Tower Hamlets is also where thousands of people roam to dig out old stuff and eat at Brick Lane Sunday Market. The surrounding streets are famous for the vintage stores that give to this bit of the city its unique flare – the place to be if you are an artist or a designer.
Actually, the whole area is like an open air gallery, with its buildings covered with the impressive work of some of the best street artists from all over the world.
With 30% of the local population being of Bangladeshi origin and over 50% of other non-British ethnic groups, it's also where you find Banglatown and Whitechapel, home to a milieu of saree shops, grocery stores and markets overflowing with exotic fruits and vegetables. But in an afternoon stroll around Old Spitalfields Market, you can also find mesmerising African fabrics and the latest in British fashion.
Culture and fun are two concepts that go hand in hand in Tower Hamlets, with the Victoria &
Albert Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green as the best example. The Whitechapel Gallery, Rich Mix Cinema & Arts Centre, Ragged School Museum, and the Museum of London Docklands near Canary Wharf also offer fantastic year-round activities for the whole family.
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