London's oldest canal in Limehouse, situated close to Mile End and Stepney, has become part of a new conservation area that is located in the heart of Tower Hamlets.
The East London Advertiser reports that the borough council has decided to set Limehouse Cut as a conservation area.
It has boasted a canal since 1770, when it was the site of numerous factories and warehouses, many of which are still in operation today.
Because of the canal's unique status and the quality of the Victorian architecture in the surrounding buildings, the area was granted the special status.
It also features a number of unique historical moorings and ragstones, which the council will now be able to better protect thanks to the new status.
Such protected areas help to ensure that east London retains its character while regeneration developments are helping to improve the quality of housing and services on offer to residents.