Our New Town Hall story
Tower Hamlets Council has brought the old Royal London Hospital building in Whitechapel back into community use as our new Town Hall.
Opened in 1757, the grade II listed building was once a bustling facility where generations of east Londoners were born and cared for.
Despite being one of London’s most important structures it has been closed since 2014 and was falling into disrepair.
The council saved the building by transforming it into the borough’s new town hall to serve the public once again.
The new town hall will be a building for everyone. The entire ground floor will be dedicated for public use in an accessible place which is a stark contrast to the council’s former civic centre which was in a rented premises in East India Dock.
The new town hall will be a place:
- to get things done, simply and quickly, with Tower Hamlets Homes and the Integrated Care Systems also in the building
- that encourages resident participation in civic life to make our borough better together
- that supports our residents with event and exhibition spaces including a new council chamber and a Residents' Hub so that those who need additional support can talk to someone face to face.
Creating a new history for Whitechapel
The new Town Hall is part of several major improvements in Whitechapel where new history is being created in one of London’s most historic towns.
- the opening of the new Elizabeth Line at Whitechapel Station in 2022
- plan to develop a new life science campus at Barts NHS and Queen Mary University
- seven new public spaces and upgrades to Whitechapel Road including to Whitechapel Market
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