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East End of London

The East End is an area of London, England to the east of Tower Bridge and north of the River Thames.

East End

The term may refer to, in a limited sense, the Tower Hamlets only, but is also used to encompass a wider area including Waltham Forest, Hackney, and Newham.

The East End used to be the site of many of the London docks.

Historically it is one of the poorest areas of London. In 1888 the area became notorious as the site of the crimes of Jack the Ripper, and in the 1960s it was the area most associated with gangster activity, most notably that of the Krays.

Over the 20th century, the docks declined in use as they were replaced by deep-water docks elsewhere, and other forms of transport became more important. The East End is now home to various urban regeneration projects, most notably Docklands, a huge office and luxury housing development intended as an overspill area for the City of London.

It is the area where the BBC soap opera EastEnders is set, though to say it popularises the area is probably a mistake, as its characters live in eternal conflict with one another in rather dowdy surroundings.

Proposals in 2003 to rename the East End to "Eastside" in order to be more appealing to American tourists have met with ridicule.

London's bid to hold the 2012 Summer Olympics proposes the East End - specifically the border area between the four boroughs, as the site for the Olympic village.

Compare to West End of London.

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