The London Borough of Tower Hamlets is a London borough to the east of the City of London and north of the River Thames. Covering a total area of about 7.63 square miles, it is in the eastern part of London and covers a lot of the traditional East End. The London Borough of Hackney lies towards the north of the borough whilst the River Lea forms the boundary with the London Borough of Newham in the east. On the other side of the Thames is the London Borough of Southwark towards the southwest, The London Borough of Lewisham to the South, plus the Royal Borough of Greenwich towards the southeast. The River Lea also forms the boundary between these parts of London historically in Middlesex, with those formerly in Essex.
According to population estimates made in the middle of 2014, the borough includes a permanent population of around 284015 people. In addition, it includes much of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks and Canary Wharf.
The borough hosts the world headquarters of many global financial corporations, employing some of the highest paid workers in London. Additionally, a part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is in Tower Hamlets.