Congratulations to Perth, St Asaph and Chelmsford

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets Interim Chief Executive, Aman Dalvi said: "The race to be the UK’s next city was hotly contested with more than 20 towns vying for the prestigious accolade. 

The council would like to congratulate St Asaph, Chelmsford and Perth on their triumph and newly awarded city status and wish them all the best for the future.

Whilst Tower Hamlets may not have won this time round the council is very proud of the city status bid which resulted in the whole community uniting to celebrate what makes us unique, and make residents proud of our borough’s historic past and our exciting future.

The council has a lot to look forward to this year as a host borough for the Olympics, unveiling of Victoria Park and festivities to mark the Queens Diamond Jubilee.”

Bid to become City of Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets is bidding for city status as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in 2012.

The council is throwing its hat in the ring with full backing from Canary Wharf Group, local businesses and community groups and sees itself as a strong contender up against the likes of Middlesbrough, Blackpool and Reading.

The Mayor believes city status will bring a raft of benefits to the area and put Tower Hamlets firmly on the map as a unique, vibrant and exciting place to live, work and visit.

City status will enhance and unify the many diverse aspects of our borough including our arts and creative industries, cultural centres, historic visitor attractions and economic hubs.

Find out more

Our bid document


Support our bid

As the race to become the UK’s next city hots up, Tower Hamlets residents now have even more ways to back the borough’s bid.

facebookA Facebook page has been set up,, to allow anyone pledging their support for the bid to find out all they need to know about the borough’s efforts to become a city. Anyone signing up to “like” the City of Tower Hamlets page will be kept fully up to speed on news, events and opportunities to get involved in the borough’s bid to become the UK’s next city.

As well as being able to chat to other supporters of the bid, the Facebook page gives people a chance to add images of their favourite parts of the borough which could include Victoria Park, the Tower of London, Canary Wharf, Columbia Road Flower Market or Brick Lane.

TwitterIn addition, supporters can also follow the bid on Twitter by using the hashtag #cityoftowerhamlets. This is a quick and easy way to start a discussion about the borough and all it has to offer, or to follow what others are saying about the bid.

And people from Tower Hamlets or much further afield can still give their official backing to the bid by completing the borough’s online petition.


pdf file iconWhen you sign up to support the Tower Hamlets' city status bid you will also be able to sign up to receive regular updates from the bid team, helping you to stay in touch with our progress and the latest bid news.  Below are links to previous updates which you are now able to download.

Tower Hamlets Tweets, 14 December 2011

Tower Hamlets Tweets is a day-long initiative taking place on 14 December 2011 as part of the city bid campaign. The aim is to use Twitter to highlight the many fantastic attractions that are on offer here in Tower Hamlets. Supporters, residents and visitors are encouraged to tweet the things they love about the borough throughout the day using the hashtag #cityoftowerhamlets.

Guidelines for the day have been developed to help people get the most out of the initiative.

Who can bid for city status?

Any local authority (district, borough, parish/town/community or unitary council) in any part of the United Kingdom which considers that its area deserves to be granted the rare honour of city status is eligible to apply.

Places to be honoured for the Diamond Jubilee should be vibrant, welcoming communities with interesting histories and distinct identities.

The government will announce the results of the City Status competition early in 2012.