Our Borough

Newham is a vibrant and developing part of east London with a flourishing youth population; over 24% (86,000) of our residents are under 18 years of age. The borough has the most diverse population of any local authority area in the U.K. with more than 100 languages spoken (English the most common, followed by Bengali, Urdu and Gujarati) - our diversity is something that we are immensely proud of.

Newham has benefitted massively from the Olympic Legacy following London 2012, with regeneration continuing long after the Olympic flame had departed. The lasting jewel of that phenomenal event is the London Stadium (now home to West Ham Utd) and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; which boasts the London Aquatic Centre, AcelorMittal Orbit and an award winning area of parkland. Newham is also home to the Excel Centre, London City Airport, Westfield Stratford City, and the northern bank of the Thames barrier.

Newham has excellent transport links, with Stratford now a major transport hub with rail links into London and out to the East of England. The borough is within 15 minutes of central London using the scenic Docklands Light Railway (DLR) or the Central Line to Bank, Liverpool Street, or Tower Gateway stations. The Borough is also served by the Hammersmith and City, District and Overground lines. When completed, Crossrail will improve transport links to the Borough yet further, with Custom House a planned stop on the Elizabeth line.

Fancy crossing the Thames in style? Newham is home to the Emirates Air Line with breath-taking views of the city, especially at dusk on a summer's evening.


Flowers in bloom in the parkland's area of the Olympic Park looking towards the Olympic Stadium.

There are new homes being built all over Newham and the Council has a target to build over 1,000 new homes by 2022, all of which will be at social rent levels.

Community Wealth Building is at the very top of the Mayor’s transformation agenda, underpinned by the principles of economic, social and environmental justice so that long-term prosperity, wellbeing and fairness for all our residents in the borough is achieved. In addition, we have appointed our first Children and Young People’s Commissioner, whose remit is to support the Council’s move towards becoming a fully children and young people centred borough - we want our children to have the same life chances as young people in other parts of London.