Register a Death in Tower Hamlets

How to Register a death in Tower Hamlets.

A death in Tower Hamlets, like any other, must be registered in the district in which the death takes place within 5 days unless the death is referred to the Coroner, when his Officers will advise you.

Don’t panic if this happens – it is very common an may just be for something as simple as the GP being on holiday. The Tower Hamlets Registrar of deaths cannot register the death until they have all the information they need – see our free factsheet on what the Tower Hamlets Registrar needs to know? Should you need a family undertaker, click this link.

Then you might want to watch the helpful video on registering a death on the homepage.

Once the Tower Hamlets Registrar has it all, and you have signed the Register, the Tower Hamlets Registrar can issue the death certificate.  Always order more copies than you think you will need – they are much cheaper on the day.

Areas covered by the Tower Hamlets Registrar:

Bethnal Green (also partly within the London Borough of Hackney)

Blackwall Bow Bow Common Bromley-by-Bow Cambridge Heath CanaryWharf

Cubitt Town Docklands East Smithfield Fish Island Globe Town  Isle of Dogs

Leamouth  Limehouse  Mile End  Millwall  Old Ford  Poplar  Ratcliff

St George in the East  Shadwell  Spitalfields   Stepney   Wapping  Whitechapel.

Who can register death in Tower Hamlets?

Most deaths are in a family home or an institution (such as a hospital.) Then the following are allowed to register a death in Tower Hamlets:

  • A relative of the deceased.
  • A person present at the death.
  • The occupier of the house or institution where the death took place, if there is no known relative able to register.
  • The person who is arranging the funeral but not the funeral director.

Where do I register a death in Tower Hamlets?

If it’s difficult for you to get to the correct Register Office, contact them for advice.  It is possible register a death at any Registry Office, but it will slow things down, possibly including the funeral.

What information will the Tower Hamlets Registrar need?

As per our factsheet:

  • Date and place birth and of death
  • Full name of the deceased.
  • For women, their maiden name if married.
  • Occupation of the person and for a married woman, we also need the full name and occupation of her husband.
  • Usual address.
  • Whether the person was receiving a public funded pension or other benefits.
  • If married, the date of birth of the spouse
  • If available, the National Health Service number or NHS card

What will the Tower Hamlets registrar give me?

  • A form to take to the undertaker authorising the funeral. In some cases the Coroner will issue it.
  • A form for the Department of Works and Pensions to be filled in and sent, or taken, to the nearest DSS office if applicable.

Tower Hamlets Emergency burial certificates:

For Emergency Burial certificates on Saturdays between 9.30am and 11.30am ring Tower Hamlets Registrar first on 020 7364 7880  or 020 7364 7893.   Sundays and Bank Holidays a standby service for Emergency Burial Certificates is available only between 9am and 10am. You can contact a Tower Hamlets Registrar on: 07946 390 834.

Tower Hamlets Tell us once:

You no longer have to notify a variety of council and government departments, instead just tell the Tower Hamlets Registrar while they are registering the death. It can also be used by phone or internet afterwards.

The Tower Hamlets Registrar passes the information to the relevant council  and other public sector service providers, e.g. the Department for Work and Pensions, the Identity and Passport Service and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

The Registrar will need the deceaseds’ National Insurance number, details of any benefits they received, and their driving licence and passport numbers.

 Contact the Tower Hamlets Registrar of Deaths:

Tower Hamlets Register Office Bromley Public Hall Bow Road London, E3 3AA

Tel: 020 7364 7880 Fax: 020 7364 7885 Email:

Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm. Wednesday 9.30-11.30am and 2-4.30pm.           An appointment is NOT needed.

For free translation of this information phone:

Newham translation service: 020 8430 6921
Monday – Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm

For probate advice.

Register a death in Tower Hamlets.