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Information about parking in Tower Hamlets

Tower Hamlets is a London Borough that mostly occupies the area people think of when they refer to the “East End.” It is so named because, long ago, people who lived there owed military service to the Tower of London. The population is more than 270,000; the City of London is to the west while the Thames and the Docklands area with its upscale office and residential developments, and its airport, have changed demographics – though that does not prevent Tower Hamlets from having some of the highest unemployment in the country. A combination of high through traffic, Red Routes, yellow lines, controlled parking zones and car-free developments make “Where to park in Tower Hamlets?” a question worth asking.

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Additional Information

Some additional information about parking in tower hamlets, to cater to all your parking needs

  • On-street parking

    Unless you are the holder of a blue badge, a resident’s parking permit, a business parking permit or a public service parking permit, there is almost no on-street parking in Tower Hamlets. For some time, Fish Island was free of CPZs, but that is no longer so. At present, Thermopylae Gate is the only street on which on-street parking is uncontrolled, and that is likely to change.

  • Off-street parking

    Off-street parking in Tower Hamlets is not much more lavish than on-street parking, but the following car parks in or very close to the borough exist:


    Whitechapel High Street, operated by NCP, 100 parking spaces, open 0500 to 2300 Monday to Sunday Minories Car Park, Shorter Street, operated by City of London, 321 parking spaces, open 24/7 including bank holidays Selsdon Way, Isle of Dogs, operated by NCP, 500 parking spaces, open 0500 to 2300 Monday to Sunday, DOES NOT ACCEPT PAYMENT IN CASH
  • Public transport

    Tower Hamlets has stations on the Docklands Light Railway and also has City Airport.


    There are several Underground stations in the borough, giving access to all parts of London

  • Disabled parking

    There are disabled bays at various parts of the borough. In addition, blue badge holders can park:


    For up to 3 hours on single yellow lines and on double yellow lines where no loading restrictions are in force Free of charge and without time limit at all on-street pay-and-display parking spaces

    Blue badge holders may NOT park:


    In a bus lane while it is operative In a cycle lane In a resident’s, business or permit holder’s bay
  • Parking restrictions & event days

    From September 2019, all charges will be increased for diesel vehicles.


    Tower Hamlets has the following controlled parking zones (CPZs):


    Zone A Bethnal Green (6 mini-zones) Zone B Bow, Poplar and Fish Island (4 mini-zones) Zone C Stepney and Wapping (4 mini-zones) Zone D (2 mini-zones)

    There are variations in the times during which parking is controlled in each zone and mini-zone; check the sign.

  • Overnight, weekends & bank holidays

    For the most part, restrictions are not relaxed and charges are not reduced during bank holidays.

  • Drop-off and pick-up

    Drivers are permitted to pause to set down or pick up passengers on yellow lines (but not on double red lines, except for blue badge holders) provided there are no loading restrictions in operation. This does not confer a right to wait for a passenger who has not arrived.

  • Nearby attractions

    Brick Lane for shopping and eating The Tower of London for history Canary Wharf for skyscrapers and people in suits