Tower Hamlets

Our Rotary

The Rotary Club of Tower Hamlets is made up of Business and professional people whose prime directive is to help those in need. We all give our time and expertise voluntarily. The Rotary Club of Tower Hamlets is one amongst more than 35,000 Rotary clubs around the world. An army of over 1.23 million volunteers ready to help at any time. We meet every week on Modays to discuss and plan our work. We work locally, nationally and internationally

For more than 110 years, Rotary members have been addressing challenges around the world.

Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.

Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of its members.

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets, population 196,106 (Census 2001), is situated to the east of the City of London. Within its boundaries is the Tower of London and Tower Bridge and the new business “city” of London Docklands including Canary Wharf, previously the area of London Docks. The area contains some of Britain’s most economically deprived communities. It has been home to successive waves of migrants including the Huguenots, the Irish, the Jews and most recently many Bangladeshis principally from the Sylhet region of Bangladesh.

Tower Hamlets Borough is an amalgamation of four smaller geographical boroughs each of which had their own Rotary Clubs of which two remain. The multi cultural, dual gender Rotary Club of Tower Hamlets (formerly RC Stepney) was formed in 1929. At that time the London borough of Stepney had a larger population than the four amalgamated boroughs have today – such was the level of overcrowding. Historically crime arising from the dock culture was significant – indeed Bill Sykes originated from East London – and in 1968 major London gangsters – the Kray twins were arrested .

Getting involved is easy. contact us on and we will invite you to attend our meetings to see what happens and it will also give you the opportunity to ask questions. You choose whatever you want to do ! Our job is to help you achieve your goals