Tower Hamlets LBC’s elected mayor has applied for city status for the borough.
A new city is expected to be designated as part of the celebrations to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee next year.
Lutfur Rahman (Ind) has secured backing from the company that owns the local Canary Wharf property complex for the bid.
He said: “I feel being a city would be a fantastic boost to the borough and really show what we have to offer. We are unique in that we have a thriving business and shopping district in Canary Wharf, an innovative arts scene, a first-rate university on our doorstep in Queen Mary, and a vibrant community spirit, which has embraced different groups of people throughout our history.”
The council is encouraging residents to submit images of the borough as part of the bid presentation.
The capital already boasts the City of London and City of Westminster. Croydon LBC has unsuccessfully sought city status in the past.