Share your Royal London memories

Share your memories

Share your Royal London Memories to celebrate our future town hall

Tower Hamlets Council is calling on the community to dig out their photo albums and share their memories to celebrate the legacy of the former Royal London Hospital, the iconic site of the council’s future town hall.

The grade II listed building in Whitechapel is one of London’s most famous landmarks and has been at the heart of the community for centuries.

It has been empty since 2012 and now the council is bringing it back to life in a new £105 million development that will retain the building’s features while adding new elements.

To celebrate the transformation, the council is paying tribute to the former hospital.

Former staff, patients, visitors and residents who have fond connections with the building can share their photos and stories online.

These memories, alongside historical facts and archive images, will then be featured by Tower Hamlets Council in a variety of ways, including on its website.

Tower Hamlets Mayor John Biggs said:

“We’re truly excited to be bringing the former hospital building back to life. It means a lot to me personally not only because it’s an important part of our community, but also because it is a hospital with personal memories going back several decades and touching the lives of many I have known, including close friends and family, and of course myself.

“We hope the community will join us to celebrate the legacy of the building, and its connection with so many of us, by sharing their stories and photos.”

The initiative comes alongside the installation of new hoardings outside the building, which give a snapshot of the economic benefits of the project and the rich, fascinating history of the area.

Opening in 2022, the new town hall will be part of the Whitechapel Vision – one of London’s largest regeneration projects.

The council estimates to recoup £78m from the sale of council buildings that will no longer be needed once staff have moved to the new town hall.

People can take part in the celebrations by tweeting their stories and photos to @towerhamletsnow using #thtownhall or by emailing

Posted on Tuesday 16th October 2018