Neighbouring regions... Shadwell is in the borough of Tower Hamlets, click the links to see other regions.
Shadwell is a clear example of London’s gentrification, as this former slum’s Docklands location has resulted in the construction of new apartment blocks and conversion of old warehouses to accommodate its new affluent residents. During the 17th century it became an industrious port with breweries and tanneries; wealthy landowner Thomas Neale built homes to accommodate the growing population, however the area fell into decay during the Victorian era. The construction of the Shadwell Basin caused many homes to be demolished, which contributed to the area’s overcrowding. While today parts of Shadwell can still be grim, nearby St. Katharine’s Dock offers pleasant walks and entertainment.