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1870 map: the metropolitan borough in green
Poplar is an area of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It includes the docklands area, surrounded by a large bend in the River Thames, called the Isle of Dogs. From 1900 to 1965 it was part of the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar, which also included Bromley (referred to as Bromley-By-Bow to distinguish it from Bromley in South-East London) and Bow.

LGBT history

In 1985 The East London and Essex Gay Youth Helpline set up a Young Gay Women and Men group (under 26) that met at the King George IV pub in Ida Street, Poplar, London E 14.

In 2008 the Docklands Museum hosted "Outside Edge", an exhibition about London's black LGBT community.