Waste service strike

A number of Tower Hamlets Council frontline waste service workers and street cleansers will be going on strike from 18 September to 1 October due to a national pay dispute.  

Despite the council working to maintain services for residents, the strike will impact collections and cleansing across the borough. We apologise in advance for the disruption this will cause. 

Residents can take their waste to the Reuse and Recycling Centre on Yabsley Street, which is operating as normal.

Find out more about the strike.

Quirky shopping guide

Lamps at spitalfields marketWith details of more than 150 independent, unusual and quirky shops in East London, Tower Hamlets' Quirky Shopping Guide is the ultimate guide if you're shopping for something out of the ordinary or unique.

There's a great choice of cutting edge, retro and vintage fashion, design, gift and jewellery stores. Most stores stock products which are individually designed and made locally.

Great collections of vinyl, ukuleles and mandolins, a perfume blending service, surfing and scuba diving equipment and retro scooters are just some of the more unusual things you can find

Flowers, columbia road flower marketThese retail experiences are spread across the borough, with concentrations near the borough's many vibrant markets - Brick Lane, Spitalfields, Columbia Road Flower Market and Roman Road.