World heritage sites and archaeology in Tower Hamlets
World heritage sites
The Tower of London
The Tower of London is a world heritage site as well as being a grade I listed building. It is managed by Historic Royal Palaces who published a detailed management plan for the Tower of London
Their management plan provides a detailed account of the tower’s history and significance. It also contains important and useful information regarding how the site is to be managed to safeguard its special character. It's essential reading for those considering development affecting the setting of the Tower.
Island Gardens (part of setting of Greenwich world heritage site)
Tower Hamlets has been settled for a long time, and contains some very interesting archaeology. Easily damaged and irreplaceable it is important that it is carefully managed and protected for the future.
Whilst significant areas of the borough are identified as having archaeological potential there are sites which are specifically recognised for their archaeological importance, these are scheduled ancient monuments.
Scheduled ancient monument consent is required for works which affect these monuments.
The location of areas of archaeological potential and scheduled ancient monuments can also be seen on our interactive map
. See the map user guide
for guidance on how to use the interactive map.