Christmas and New Year opening times

Check our opening times over the festive period.

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If a death happens suddenly

If a death happens suddenly, or the doctor treating the deceased is unavailable, it may not be possible for a medical certificate of cause of death to be issued. If this happens, the death will have to be reported to the coroner. If the death has been referred to the coroner, they will advise you what to do moving forward. You can also find further information at gov.uk

Poplar Coroners Court
127 Poplar High Street
London
E14 0AE
Tel: 020 7538 1201

Mortuary service

The Poplar Public Mortuary is used for the reception and storage of bodies of people who have died in Tower Hamlets.

The mortuary handles deaths that have been referred to the coroner or deaths where a death certificate cannot be issued.

The service is run under the jurisdiction of HM Coroner.

The mortuary is opened for emergencies and is an integral part of Tower Hamlets’ emergency services.

Mortuary staff are sensitive to the needs of relatives and friends of the deceased held there, and they can arrange viewings of the deceased if this is requested. The mortuary also provides information and advice as required.

The Poplar Public Mortuary
127 Poplar High Street
London
E14 0AE

Tel: 020 7987 2793

Open: Mon-Fri, 6.30am-2.30pm

Emergency burial certificates

You can get Emergency Burial certificates on Saturdays between 9am and 12pm. Please contact the Registrar first on register.office@towerhamlets.gov.uk.

On Saturday afternoons there is a standby service for Emergency Burial Certificates only between 12pm and 4pm. 

On Sundays and Bank Holidays there is a standby service for Emergency Burial Certificates between 9am and 4pm. You can contact a registrar on 07946 390 834.