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 approximately 7.63 square miles, it is within 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. Around the other side of the Thames is the London Borough of Southwark towards the southwest, The London Borough of Lewisham to the South, as well as the Royal Borough of Greenwich to the southeast. The River Lea also forms the boundary between these parts of London historically in Middlesex, with these formerly in Essex.
According to population estimates produced in the middle of 2014, the borough includes a permanent population of about 284015 inhabitants. Additionally, it includes a lot of the redeveloped Docklands region of London, including West India Docks and Canary Wharf.
The borough is also reasonably well-known for being home to the Women's Library in Aldgate, which is Great Britain's principal library and museum resource on women and the women's movement, especially concentrating on Britain during the 19th and 20th centuries. Moreover, a part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is in Tower Hamlets.