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Globe Town
PostCode District E1, E2
Borough London Borough of Tower Hamlets
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Globe Town is a residential district in East London largely based around the middle of Roman Road and is part of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.


With its origins lying in silk weaving,[1] the area was developed by a consortium of builders and the scheme had become known as Globe Town by 1808.[2]


Globe Town is characterized by medium to large scale post-war housing, interspersed with smaller scale retail units within Globe Town Market. A smaller proportion of Victorian housing exists, and while Meath Gardens is a large park within the Globe Town area. Regent’s Canal also passes through the area.[3]


A cross broad community exists in Globe Town, with local schools, business and community developments working together, this has led to the creation of the Globe Town Steering Committee, made up of local businesses, residents and community groups.[4] Another notable example is the Cranbrook Community Food Garden within the Cranbrook Estate, which is run by volunteers and has been chaired by Lizzy Mace since 2016.[5]

Samba Sisters Collective are a women-only community group.[6]

The Tramshed and Meath Gardens Children's Centre also provide local community services.[7]


The layout of the local economy within Globe Town almost entirely locally based with it primarily consisting of independent outlets, however residents are more likely to shop outside of the area, due to an undeveloped market,[8] but however it is beginning to undergo a regeneration in conjunction with a community led Common Vision for the district.[9] With the Roman Road Trust having a digital content and marketing strategy has aided in putting Roman Road on the digital map to increase footfall and assisting with increasing awareness and footfall to the high street,[10] Globe Town Market Square, known officially as Roman Road Market Square became a shopping centre with it aimed to supersede Roman Road traditional street market as the hub for retail activity and public life. Globe Town Market Square is open everyday and is a focal point for local residents in Globe Town. During the week, having a small number of stall are present. In recent years the market has suffered from a decline in activity and fears of anti-social behavior but their are plans for more use of the square.[11][12]


Globe Town is not directly served by a tube, DLR, Overground or National Rail station.

However it is served by several London Buses, including route 8 as well as local bus routes 309 and D6 call in the area. It is also linked to the London Night Bus network by the N8.

Globe Town is part of the council controlled parking zone and is covered by Zone A and is covered entirely by mini zone 2 which fall into the district boundaries.[13]